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Audition Call for ‘West Hartford Hauntings’

Characters from West Hartford Hauntings, 2015. Submitted photo

The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society has scheduled auditions for cast members for its annual West Hartford Hauntings event.

Spirit in graveyard. Submitted photo

Spirit in graveyard. Submitted photo


On Tuesday, Sept. 6, and Thursday, Sept. 8, the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society invites the public to audition for West Hartford Hauntings. Hauntings is an outdoor theatrical tour of the town’s North Cemetery that will entertain 800 people over the course of the last two weekends in October.

Do you have what it takes to be a guide or character on this tour of West Hartford’s past? During the 12-year history of the production, actors have entertained audiences with stories of rail accidents, sickness, murder, battles, quarrels over chickens, and more! More than mere entertainment, our actors relay the history of the Town and help current residents connect with the past. It’s history as you’ve never heard it before!

Characters from West Hartford Hauntings, 2015. Submitted photo

Characters from West Hartford Hauntings, 2015. Submitted photo

We are looking for a diverse group of approximately 20 volunteer actors to bring this spooky tour to life. Five tour guides will lead guests through the tombstones and the remaining actors will portray past West Hartford residents. Male and female actors age 12 and over are invited to audition; actors and actresses ages 17 and over are especially needed. We are looking to fully represent the diverse character of our wonderful Town. Improvisational experience is a plus for tour guides.

Actors will have rehearsals most Mondays and Thursdays from 6 – 7:30 p.m. throughout September and October. The outdoor show will be Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 21, 22, 28, and 29 from 6 to 8:45 p.m. (with rain dates Sunday, Oct. 23 and 30).

Auditions will be held at the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society at 227 South Main St., West Hartford, CT 06107 on Tuesday, Sept. 6 and Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 from 5 – 7 p.m. Reserve your 10-minute audition slot by visiting: http://signup.com/go/twy1sh. Questions? Feel free to call us at 860-521-5362 x10.

Not an actor? We also need volunteers for make-up, lighting, costumes and the ticket booth.

You can also experience West Hartford Hauntings as a member of the audience. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for kids and are available at NoahWebster.Yapsody.com. Museum members andLet’s GO Arts! card holders get a discount!

The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society is a not-for-profit museum and cultural destination where citizens can learn to understand and appreciate the past. The museum preserves the birthplace of Noah Webster, the founding father, educator, author and lexicographer who taught generations of Americans what it means to be American. This National Historic Landmark is also a repository for the history of West Hartford, the community that molded Noah Webster’s future and is still thriving over 250 years later. The historic house and exhibit spaces are open daily 1 until 4 p.m. For information on the museum’s extensive school and public programs, please visit www.noahwebsterhouse.org or call (860) 521-5362.

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