Tickets are on sale now for the award-winning Ninth Annual Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival, “Literary Halloween,” this Friday at the Genesee Theatre in downtown Waukegan. Sponsored by the Waukegan Public Library, the festival features a 10:30 a.m. children’s matinee, an evening performance at 6:30 p.m. for all ages, and an 8:00 p.m. performance for listeners 12 and older.
This year’s theme celebrates Ray Bradbury’s favorite holiday with some of the most recognized ghost stories, macabre fables, and creepy tales told on the historic Genesee stage. Acclaimed storytellers Megan Wells, Chris Fascione, Linda Gorham, Beth Horner, Syd Lieberman, and Anne Shimojima will perform stories, such as Edgar Allen Poe’s “Pit and the Pendulum”, a rendition of “The Raven” and “Wicked John and the Devil”. In addition, Wells will reprise her popular telling of Mr. Dark from Bradbury’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes”.
Starting at 5:30 p.m., pre-performance activities will include free Halloween costume photos, the Wheel of Misfortune game, and trick-or-treat bag giveaways. Official Storytelling Festival t-shirts and this year’s Ray Bradbury Creative Contest entries published in a literary journal will be for sale in the lobby. All guests are welcome to dress in costume.
In addition, representatives from the Ray Bradbury Statue committee will be in the lobby to answer questions about the proposed memorial to Bradbury and an exhibit about the influence Waukegan had on Bradbury’s life will be on display courtesy of the Waukegan History Museum.
Tickets are $10 for Act I, $17 for Act II or $25 for both Acts. School matinee tickets are $6 each. All tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.comor at the Genesee Theatre box office before Friday or at the door. Library patrons of any library can present their library card and receive $1 off at the box office.