Prescott Ghost Talk 2013
Where Arizona Legends Come Alive!
OCTOBER 25 at 6pm and 7:30pm & 26 at 6pm, 7:30pm and 9pm
Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit youth programs at PCA and the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Foundation, Ghost Talk co-producers.
Ghosts, goblins, ghouls, monsters, and poltergeists will take over PCA once again for the annual Ghost Talk, where enactment of historic ghostly folklore will feature 12 spooky tales each evening.
NEW in 2013! Before the 9pm performance on October 26, there will be a costume contest! More information will be posted soon with details and rules of the contest.
Goblins, Ghosts and Ghouls Take Over the PCA Theatre
for Ghost Talk 2013
Arizona legends will come alive Oct. 25-26 at the Prescott Center for the Arts during Ghost Talk 2013, one of the featured events during Prescott's Weekend of the Dead. Famous and infamous spirits will enact historic ghostly folklore at 6 pm and 7:30 pm each evening, plus a 9 pm encore performance that Saturday, at the PCA Theatre at 208 N. Marina Street in downtown Prescott.
The annual fundraiser features a different version of the show each year so even Ghost Talk regulars are treated to new thrills and chills. Ghost Talk 2013 will present 12 spooky tales that include The Phantom of the Elks Opera House, The Eerie Demise of the Cowboy King, The Prescott Pioneer and the UFO, The Hassayampa Inn Apparition, The Dynamite Demon of Whiskey Row, The Infamous Palace Saloon Fire, The Snakes On A Plain Killing, The Ft. Whipple Slasher, The Haunting Death of Bucky O'Neill, The Mystery of the Smoki Museum Spirits, The Saga of the Poisonous Brew Deaths, and The Gothic Ghosts of Marina Street.
Patrons will be greeted with spectral entertainment in the courtyard and can view The Day of the Dead Exhibit down in the PCA Gallery before or after the show. Inside the haunted theatre, goblins, ghosts, and ghouls will share their tales through the magic of live theatre.
According to Ghost Talk 2013 Playwright and Director Karen Murphy, "Ghost Talk is not only a nod to Arizona's past but an ode to drama's history. The ghostly folklore is presented through a blend of modern performance art, traditional storytelling, and theatrical genres from throughout the ages such as Greek tragedies, Victorian melodramas, Shakespearean prose, cowboy poetry, vaudeville, monologues, and musicals. We pretty much throw everything, including the kitchen sink, at the audience to bring these stories and ghostly visions alive. And we use all the tricks of the trade in the process such as special effects, fog machines, eerie lighting, stylized make-up and masks, and period props and costumes to turn the PCA Theatre into a haunted crypt."
New to this year's event is the addition of the 9 pm show since performances were selling out last year, and a costume contest before that encore performance that will feature prizes for the audience choice winners.
Another addition is the partnership with the PCA Gallery that is hosting an annual Day of the Dead Exhibit that is open to the public. The Ghost Talk raffle will feature jean jackets with Day of the Dead designs by local artists since Ghost Talk 2013 and the Day of the Dead Exhibit are designated events during Prescott's Weekend of the Dead Oct. 25-27. Other Weekend of the Dead activities in Prescott are the Dia De Los Muertos Festival at the Smoki Museum and the Cemetery Walk at Citizen's Cemetery.
Warning! Ghost Talk is not for the weak or faint of heart, and could be too intense for children under seven. No cry babies, whiners, or yellow-bellied scaredy-cats are allowed. For tickets and information about Ghost Talk 2013
Inside this local landmark, (one of the best examples of 19th-century religious architecture designed in the Sober-Gothic styles), a dedicated group of volunteers use their theatrical skills and talents to transform the time-honored ghostly tales into dramatic vignettes that merge the traditional and modern principles of storytelling and performance art. The spirits "come to life" through special effects, mood lighting, eerie sets, and realistic props, costumes, and make-up to enact the historic folklore. The Sacred Heart building was in use as a church between 1894-1969 and has been an active theatre since 1969 to the present.
Special Exhibit at the PCA Gallery, "Day of the Dead"
Extended hours during Ghost Talk!
photos from past Ghost Talks by David Cottle
Ghost Talk is funded in part by a generous grant from