The Moment Getting into “Edgar Allen Poe”


The Fall Play “Nightfall with Edgar Allen Poe” is a dramatization of Edgar Allen Poe’s best four stories, “The Raven,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.”  

Charlie Krebs, director of the play, chose this theme because Edgar Allan Poe is popular amongst students. “I want them to get caught up in the mystery because there is something that is mysterious in it that we don’t know the answer to. I hope they would be intrigued by the characters and everything and be intrigued by the way that we do because they may know the story. But we’re doing it where it’s our interpretation of the story. So I’m hoping they’re interested in our interpretation of the story.”  

Krebs also mentioned that another highlight of the play is the stage crafts which are created by students in the Stage Crafts class. “They spend all semester, twice a week, and they come here and they build all the scenery and do all the lights. So everything that we see on stage is what they built.”  

The actors have been practicing three times a week since September. Chloe Skibinski, a junior, plays the role of “Eleanor” in “The Fall of the House of Usher,” describes her feeling that “It’s cool to see how much work some people put into this. I know athletes put a lot of work and other sports. This is our sport essentially.”  

In “The Raven,” five actors will work together and act as one big bird. Megan Sullivan, a junior, plays the role of a part of “Raven” mentioned that “I have never gotten to be an animal before really, so getting to be the Raven, and sort of the idea of the raven is really cool to me.” She described the most fun moment of acting is “getting to be something totally different than I am.”   

Abby Kelly, a junior, plays the role of “Regina” at “The Fall of the House of Usher,” gave a message to students. “Even if you’re not a fan of Edgar Allan Poe or of the dark humor, simply come to support the amazing talent that your classmates and friends are displayed here. When I was my first time, acting as a freshman, seeing all those faces of my classmates in the audience supporting me and just be wowed by my performance it definitely boost up my confidence a little bit so if not for the story, please come support your friends because they’re putting on an amazing show for you guys.”   

The Fall Play “Nightfall with Edgar Allen Poe” will be performed on Nov. 14th, 15th, and 16th from 7:30 p.m. and 17th from 2:00 on Sunday at the Bradley Theatre.