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With Halloween knocking on our doors, there are, as always, some frightfully great ways to spend the evening shaking in our shoes. From “Stage Fright!” at Ashtabula Arts Center to Silhouette Productions’ Haunted Hallways at Shore Cultural Centre in Euclid to “A Murder of Scarecrows” in Chagrin Falls, here are fearsome offers in every corner of the region.

Even Lakeland Community College, 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, where “A Vehicle for Satire: The Skull and Skeleton in Art . Oct. 29 in conjunction with the school’s Halloween Party. Guests are encouraged to come in costume.

First published more than seven decades ago, the book from which the play is based tells the classic tale of two California migrant workers struggling to realize their dreams during America’s depression era . um, the one in the ’20s. The story demonstrates how the darkest of times bring out not only the worst, but also the best in people.

” ‘Of Mice and Men’ is an important piece of Americana that should be experienced by everyone at least once,” Malinowski said. “This piece takes place during a time of great turmoil in our country’s history, and now our great nation is on the brink of another depression. We should all be aware of the good that comes from difficult periods.”

The production will be enhanced by a lobby display featuring photos, statistics and background of the show’s setting.

Producer Kate Wright, who works at Holy Rosary School in Cleveland’s Little Italy, is excited that Geauga Lyric Theater Guild will be holding a special student performance of the show with a talk back. Wright hopes the post show discussion will help her students better understand the relevance of the Great Depression.

The student performance will be held on Oct. 29,
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the 80th anniversary of the economic crash that marked the beginning of the Great Depression.

The leading role of George is being played by Tim Coles of Euclid, who has nearly 30 years of theater experience. Lennie is being played by Wayne Howell of Austinburg, an English teacher at Lakeside High School who is completing his master’s degree in theater.

The show also features Joe Petrolia of Madison, as Candy, and Marvin L. Mallory of Chester Township, as Crooks.

“Of Mice and Men” plays through Nov. 8.

The party, for guests 21 and older, will feature three rotating bands, The Blues Project, The King Pins and Bar Trek, which have all volunteered to play throughout the event. The evening also will include a 50/50 raffle, costume contests and more. A buffet of snacks and hors d’oeuvres, such as “sweet and sour eyeballs,” “mildewed spinach nibbles” and “mummy wraps,” will be served, and there will be a beer and wine cash bar.

“We are very grateful to the bands and the many volunteers and donors who are coming together to make the party a success,” public relations coordinator Pamela Hammond said. “Our staff is hard at work to make this year’s party another great success.”

Tickets are available for sale at the arts center or by phone at 440 964 3396. Tickets are $15 per person. The party is limited to 150 people. All proceeds will benefit the Ashtabula Arts Center.
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