Castles can take on lots of personalities.
They can be the glamorous homes of kings and queens, princes and princesses — the stuff of fairy tales. They can be historic structures, the subjects of scholarship and study. And, turn down the lights on a mid-fall night, and they can be creepy ... even scary.
That’s the profile The Kentucky Castle aims to strike the night before Halloween, when The Woodford Theatre Young Artists bring “The Poe Show” to the revitalized venue, presenting several of horror master Edgar Allan Poe’s tales in various locations around the venue.
“What more perfect place to do Edgar Allan Poe stories than the Castle?” says Vanessa Becker Weig, The Woodford Theatre’s education director. “We can use the architecture of the building to enhance the stories.”
The audience will be treated to a three-course dinner in the ballroom, which will include readings of several of Poe’s poems, ending with “The Raven.” The audience will then be split into three groups led by “spirit guides,” who will usher the audience to three different tales in different locations, ending with “The Masque of the Red Death” on the castle roof — organizers advise patrons to dress for chilly weather as several stories will be presented outdoors.
There will also be an “Inside the Authors’ Studio” segment with actor Brendan Naish being interviewed in character as Poe.
“I really love Poe and all the darkness of it,” Naish says.
“It brings a whole different side into this, because not only is it a dark, straight play, but there’s also the immersiveness of the show,” actor Jackson Becker says. “Interacting with the audience is not something I have done before, and it’s a weird transition, but it’s also been really cool.”
For Kentucky Castle special event sales manager Monica Plut, the idea of bringing “The Poe Show” in was perfect for the season and the venue, which has been working to attract more people with a variety of offerings.
“Part of our brainchild was to start with dinner and move around to show off what we have here,” Plut said.
The Castle experience does come with a bit of a price tag: $85 for the three-course dinner and the show.
For folks who want to experience the stories such as: ”The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Cask of Amontillado,” there will be two performances each night Friday and Saturday for about $60 less.
IF YOU GO
‘The Poe Show’
At the Woodford Theatre
When: 7 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27
Where: Falling Springs Arts and Recreation Center, 275 Beasley Dr., Versailles
Tickets: $15 adults, $10 students
At The Kentucky Castle
When: 7 p.m. Oct. 30
Where: 230 Pisgah Pike, Versailles
Tickets: $85, includes three-course dinner