Casper’s uncles, from left to right: Joey Logan as Uncle Fatso, Sam Johnson as Uncle Stretch and A. James
Jones as Uncle StinkyJulia FowlerPerhaps the cutest ghost to make a silver-screen appearance in the 1990s, Casper, is getting the stage treatment this Halloween season at Over-the-Rhine’s Taft Theatre. Hold the tricks; double the treats.
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s world premiere of Casper The Friendly Musical kicks off the company’s 100th anniversary season, with showtimes Oct. 12 through Oct. 21. Today (Oct. 4) you can snag any opening weekend (Oct. 12-13) orchestra seat for just $20. (Orchestra tickets typically range from $30-$35; balcony seats are $10-$25, depending on location; fees may apply.)
The show follows Casper and his kooky scare-loving three uncles — killed 50 years ago via a lighting storm — living a mundane afterlife in their family mansion. When their former maid, Magdalena, returns a half-century after their demise, she comes in search of riches. Her plan?: To host a reality competition show on All Hallows’ Eve in which young contestants search for treasure in the decrepit mansion. To save his home from Magdalena, Casper teams up with his new pals, the contestants.
Written by Stephen Cole with music by Matthew Ward and adapted by TCT’s own Roderick Justice, patrons are encouraged to wear costumes to the family-friendly musical. The popular light and art experience BLINK opens the same weekend, so plan accordingly. The flash-sale ends today and is valid on any tickets from Price Level 1 & 2; other fees may apply. The Oct. 12 performance will be signed for the hearing impaired and Oct. 16’s will be sensory-friendly.
For more info/tickets: ticketmaster.com or visit the TCT Box Office (4015 Red Bank Road).