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‘Ghost Train’ rides into Barnstormers Theatre in Tamworth

July 12. 2017 1:23PM
Frank T. Wells portrays the foreboding Station Master in “The Ghost Train” at The Barnstormers Theatre in Tamworth this month. 

TAMWORTH — A haunting production makes another appearance at The Barnstormers Theatre this month.

“The Ghost Train,” which will take the stage today through July 22, marks a spirited return to the Main Street playhouse. When Francis and Alice Cleveland and Ed Goodnow founded the theater, they chose Arnold Ridley’s ghostly tale as its first show in 1931.

“Our production invites you to step back in time with us to when the good guys were clever and cunning, the bad guys were more recognizable and predictable, and the train station was the one great communal nexus for all,” said the show’s director, Blair Hundertmark. “While the world has indeed become much more complicated since 1923, when (Ridley) wrote ‘The Ghost Train,’ our imaginations remain as eager as ever to be thrilled and titillated by the prospects of ghosts and the tension of suspense.”

The story centers on an eclectic group of travelers with little in common. When they miss their connection, they must spend the night in a closed train station in backwoods Maine, not far from the Canadian border. When the travelers are told by the less-than-friendly Station Master about the ghost train that runs through there every year on the anniversary of a terrible accident, most are skeptical — until they hear the train whistle in the distance.

Tickets are $13.50 to $36.50. For additional details, visit barnstormerstheatre.org or call 323-8500.

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