Prescott Ghost Talk 2015
Where Arizona Legends Come Alive!
OCTOBER 23 at 6pm and 7:30pm & 24 at 6pm, 7:30pm and 9pm
Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit PCA's Youth Scholarship Program and Youth Programs of our co-producer, West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Foundation
Your $2 (per ticket) Processing Fee has been Paid through the
generous sponsorhip of El Gato Azul Bistro
Arizona legends come alive as the famous and infamous goblins, ghouls, ghosts and monsters invade the Prescott Center for the Arts (PCA) Theatre in downtown Prescott this Oct. 23-24 for Ghost Talk, the annual enactment of historic ghostly folklore. Ghost Talk is a collaborative fundraiser sponsored by the PCA and West Yavapai Guidance Clinic (WYGC) Foundation, two community nonprofits with different missions but a common goal: raise funds for youth programming.
PCA's proceeds go to the PCA Youth Scholarship Program (YSP) that sponsors an annual judged and juried competition with the winners in the performing and visual arts, as well as young musicians and singers, receiving scholarships. WYGC's proceeds go to fund programs for teens and foster children.
Ghost Talk represents the work of over 125 volunteers. The Ghost Talk Committee begins planning the event each spring, meeting monthly. The script is written each July, and the show is cast in August, and rehearsals run weekly. The cast and crew production team represents over 55 volunteer actors and technical experts, with ticket takers, costume contest judges, photo booth characters, and a host of other volunteers helping with the planning and implementation of the fundraiser. Ticket sales, business and individual sponsors, grants, and in-kind donations for services and items for the raffles and prizes totaled $20,000 in 2014.
According to Karen Murphy, the playwright and director, "Ghost Talk is an ode to the history of Arizona, with vignettes focusing on true stories, historic folklore, and urban legends passed down through the years. It is also a homage to the history of theatre with the original scripts each year featuring a mixture of genres for each ghost tale vignette such as cowboy poetry, melodrama, Shakespeare, Greek tragedy, modern performance art, traditional story telling, and even the American musical."
Murphy adds, "Every year, we tweak the show to make sure it's something different, fresh and original so even our Ghost Talk regulars experience new thrills and chills. And we throw in tales each year that have never been seen before such as this year's vignette about a family of serial killers that terrorized the country back in the 1870s, and the legend of the terrifying Thunderbird, and a death by screw worms. Plus a spooky musical number."
Ghost Talk 2015 is the eighth year of presenting the one-hour show. The event has grown to five performances over two nights, playing to sold-out crowds.
Each performance is a highly-theatrical production utilizing a variety of technical elements such as specialty make-up and hair design, masks, period costumes and props, special effects, specialty mood lighting and sound effects, and elements that mix those of a haunted house with a theatrical production. There are also elements of interactive theatre and audience participation used to engage the audience in a fun, eerie, educational, historic, and, of course, spooky experience. In addition, entertainment, sponsored by Chase Bank, is provided outside in the courtyard as patrons line-up to enter the haunted historic theatre.
Tales on tap for Ghost Talk 2015 include the following vignettes: The Dire Demise of the Cowboy King, The Phantom of the Elks Opera House, The Dynamite Demon of Whiskey Row, The Crazed Slasher of Ft. Whipple, The Gothic Ghosts of Marina Street, The Spine-Tingling Snakes On A Plain Killing, The Feasting of the Dead, The Infamous Train Trunk Murderess, Death by Screw Worms, The Legend of the Terrifying Thunderbird, The Pioneer and the Alien Attack, The Eerie Haunting of the Hassayampa Inn, The Notorious Bloody Benders' Bloodbath, and The Ghost Talk Mash.
Ghost Talk is a featured event during Week of the Dead, a week's worth of activities sponsored by Prescott community partner organizations that include the Prescott Center for the Arts Theatre, the Prescott Center for the Arts Gallery, the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Foundation, the Smoki Museum, and the Yavapai Cemetery Association. Week of the Dead events focus on the history, culture, art, and folklore of Arizona's past. Week of the Dead is funded in part by a generous grant from the Prescott Area Arts and Humanities Council.
There are two new Ghost Talk events this year. Tech Talk set for Oct. 22. The workshop is designed for scout troops, home-schooled and public-school groups, and college students interested in the technical side of Ghost Talk. The workshop will include a full-dress, tech dress rehearsal of Ghost Talk, followed by a question and answer panel that will cover the technical aspects of the show, service learning opportunities, and the tech side of theatre that can lead to career options. Tech Talk is funded in part by a generous donation from the Yavapai Community Foundation and Chase Bank.
The other new event is Ghost Feast that offers a sneak peek review of Ghost Talk at El Cato Azul on Oct. 14 from 6-8 pm. For $30 per person, patrons will enjoy servings of family-style tapas and a ghostly beverage on the patio with sneak peek selections from Ghost Talk 2015 presented by the ghostly apparitions themselves. Ghost Feast is the brainchild of Barry Barbe and sponsored by the host venue El Cato Azul. Only 65 seats are available for Ghost Feast so don't wait to make your reservation at the restaurant at 316 W. Goodwin or by calling 928-445-1070.
This year's Ghost Talk is dedicated to the memory of JoAn Ramsay, a long-time volunteer of the PCA and the organization's "Musical Muse," who passed away July 18, 2015. She was the inspiration for the creation of the YSP that has been awarding close to $14,000 per year to young artists in our community for over 30 years. She was also committed to bringing the joy of music to hundreds of students she taught throughout her life time.
Ghost Talk is not recommended for children under seven years old, and no cry babies, whiners, or yellow-bellied-scaredy-cats allowed!
Tickets are $12 for youth and $15 for adults.. Click on the Buy Ticket button below to purchase your tickets online. Or call (928)-445-3286
photos from past Ghost Talks by David Cottle
DAY OF THE DEAD
"Glass Skull Bead Jewelry Workshop"
PCA Art Gallery
Oct. 24 with 10 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3 pm sessions
Pre-registration required by calling 928-445-3286. $15 per pendant, and $25 per pair of earrings.
Instructor: Madeline Rangel Groves
"Sugar Skull Decorating Workshop"
PCA Art Gallery
Oct. 25, 12 noon to 4 pm
Come and go as needed.
$3 per skull: includes the sugar skull and supplies.
Family fun decorating and personalizing pre-made sugar skulls, based on the designs from the Dia de los Muertos tradition.
Instructor: Madeline Rangel Groves
Who: For all ages.
Ghost Talk is funded in part by a generous grant from:
"Get Your Dead On in Prescott"
During Week of the Dead!
Mark your calendar for the following "Get Your Dead On in Prescott" events sponsored by your Prescott Week of the Dead community partners that include Prescott Center for the Arts, West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Foundation, Yavapai Cemetery Association, and Smoki Museum this fall in Prescott:
"Day of the Dead" Art Exhibit -- PCA Art Gallery, Sept. 29 to Nov. 1. (Special hours during Ghost Talk Oct. 23-24). Free admission.
"Ghost Talk Blue Jean Jacket Raffle" -- PCA Art Gallery, Sept. 29 to Nov. 1. Win a blue jean jacket artfully decorated by local artists. Tickets are $1 each, or 6 for $5, or 13 for $10.
"Ghost Feast" -- El Gato Azul, Oct. 14 from 6 to 8 pm. Tasty, family-style tapas, ghostly beverages and sneak peek "theatrical tapas" performed on the patio by the spirits themselves as a mini-review of Ghost Talk 2015. Only 65 seats at $30 per person. For reservations, visit or call El Cato at 316 W.Goodwin, 928-445-1070.
"Tech Talk Workshop" -- PCA Theatre, Oct. 22 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Designed for scout troops, home-schooled and public-school youth, and college students interested in learning about the technical side of Ghost Talk. $5 per seat, or free admission to the first 100 youth who attend.
"Ghost Talk Costume Contest" -- PCA Courtyard, Oct. 23 and 24 prior to the doors opening for the Ghost Talk performances. No charge since the admission price to Ghost Talk 2015 includes the costume contest. Prizes for the winners!
"Historic Cemetery Walk" -- Citizens Cemetery, Oct. 24 from 10 am to 2 pm. Tour guided enactments at selected historic grave sites. $10 per adult and $5 per child.
"Dia de los Muertos Celebration" -- Smoki Museum, Nov. 1 from 11 am to 4 pm. Music, food, activities and more for the entire family. Free admission.
Week of the Dead is made possible by a generous grant from the Prescott Area Arts and Humanities Council with the City of Prescott.