‘The Woman in Black’ to be Performed at WWU

Stephen Chamineak Jr. appears on the cover of the poster promoting the Jesters’ production of “The Woman in Black.”
Stephen Chamineak Jr. appears on the cover of the poster promoting the Jesters’ production of “The Woman in Black.”

Members of William Woods University’s Jesters theatre organization hope to terrify their audience this week when they perform the spine-chilling ghost story, “The Woman in Black.”

“The Woman in Black” is a 2012 British horror film based on Susan Hill‘s novel of the same name. It also was a 1989 television drama. The Jesters’ version will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Dulany Auditorium. Admission is $3.

Maggie Hunter, a junior from Columbia, Mo., is the director. The student cast comprises Stephen Chamineak Jr. of Hazelwood, Mo.; Zach Likens of Wentzville, Mo.; Jen Steindorf of San Diego, Calif.; Laura Liebhart of McLouth, Kan.; and Grace Gratton of Springfield, Mo.

During the play, a ghost, seeking vengeance for the death of her young child, attaches herself to Arthur Kipps, who hopes to exorcise her by reenacting a ghostly event that befell him years ago. The specter unleashes a macabre sequence of events that culminates in a chilling twist in the play’s final moments.

Jesters is dedicated to fostering students’ theatrical, artistic and creative growth.  The goal is to provide students with opportunities for roles and responsibilities they might not get in the main stage productions. Participation from students of all academic backgrounds is encouraged.