Department of Theatre

2018-2019 Season Kicks-off with Psychological Thriller, The Turn of the Screw

The 2018-2019 Department of Theartre season at USM kicks off with Henry James’s provocative work, The Turn of the Screw, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher. 

Part ghost story and part psychological thriller, this classic tale revolves around a young, unsuspecting governess hired by a wealthy recluse to look after his orphaned niece and nephew – two seemingly innocent children who soon reveal terrifying secrets. An on-the-edge-of-your-seat experience lies within!

The show was originally produced this summer at Deertrees Theatre in Harrison, Maine, and stars theatre majors Jake Hammond and Emily Grotz, both seniors at USM. Jake is from Waterboro while Emily hails from Freeport.

The show was directed by Andrew Harris. Stage manager is Mariah Larocque with Campbell Gibson running lights and sound, and Luis del Valle as production crew; all three are USM theatre majors.
This show is a unique opportunity to showcase some of our students’ summer work for our USM Gorham community. Sara Valentine, Assistant Professor of Theatre at USM says, “From a teaching standpoint, having students produce and perform a piece in one place and then remount the production in another place is a great learning opportunity. It gives them a taste for the challenges of being part of a touring company – it requires them to be flexible and adaptable to new experiences. We are really grateful to Deertrees Theatre for the opportunity for this collaboration.”

Photo credit: MacGregor Photography

The Turn of the Screw runs September 6 & 7.

All performances are cash donation at the door and take place on the USM Gorham campus in historic Russell Hall.
The show is approximately 80 minutes without intermission.
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The Turn of the Screw
By Henry James
Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
Directed by Andrew Harris
Performances dates and times:
Thursday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Location: Russell Hall Theatre, USM Gorham campus
Tickets for The Turn of the Screw are cash donation at the door.

Those needing special accommodations to participate fully in this program, contact the Box Office at (207) 780-5151, or email:
Hearing impaired: call USM's telex / TDD number (207) 780-5646.

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