Oct. 28, 2021

Episode 56 - Beyond the Grave: Cemetery Wanderings with Edgar Allan Poe

Episode 56 - Beyond the Grave: Cemetery Wanderings with Edgar Allan Poe

Join Jennie and Dianne for this very special Halloween edition of the Ordinary Extraordinary Cemetery podcast. Grab your favorite warm beverage, turn the lights down low, and curl up with a cozy blanket as we wander through the cemetery to meet some of Edgar Allan Poe's most scrupulous characters. The five stories shared in this episode are performed by phenomenally talented actors who performed these stories live at Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs on October 8, 2021 in order to help raise funds for the preservation of the cemetery. Thanks to the power of modern technology we can share their interpretations of these classic tales with all of you. Happy halloween!

Thank you so much to all the actors who lent their time and talent to interpret these stories. The actors are, in order of tales told:

1. The Black Cat told by Scott Hasbrouck
2. The Tale-Tell Heart told by Kimberly Douglas
3. The Masque of the Red Death told by
      Holly Haverkorn
4. The Cask of Amontillado told by 
     Jennie Johnson
5. The Raven told by Taylor Geiman


About the actors:

THE BLACK CAT TOLD BY SCOTT HASBROUCK -  

Scott spent the last 15 years teaching high school theatre and working with various youth theatre programs. During this time, he taught and developed curriculum for two high schools and spent summers at the Wolf Theatre Academy. 

He has worked professionally in the Denver area since the early '90s as an actor, director, stage manager, light designer, set designer, carpenter, sound designer, prop master, and stagehand. 

Scott has recently joined the ranks of theatre people with day jobs and works as a home inspector with Axium Inspections. 

All the gratitude and love go to Kelly and Fox who tolerate all the crazy. 

Scott’s life with his family and work in the schools has been motivated by a particularly poignant quote from one of his childhood heroes, Jim Henson: “We do not inherit the world from our parents, we borrow it from our children.”

THE TELL-TALE HEART TOLD BY KIMBERLY DOUGLAS -

This is Kimberly’s first time performing with Front Range Theater Company, and she is thrilled to DEATH at the opportunity. Her most recent roles include Frenchie in Cabaret (Ovation West) and Laverne in Atomic (Equinox). Other credits include working as a set painter and stage manager for the Performing Arts Academy; an acting coach for Alameda High School’s She Kills Monsters; and a German dialect coach for Bear Creek High School’s Cabaret. Kimberly would like to express gratitude to Jennie and Dianne for orchestrating this delightfully terrifying event; all the students for their spooky vignettes; the volunteers for their time and support; and the incredibly talented cast. She is also grateful to her family Nancy, Bob, Grandma Jean, and Judy for traveling so far to see her. 

THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH TOLD BY HOLLY HAVERKORN – 

Holly Haverkorn is an educator and former high school theatre director. She studied theatre and directing at Lindenwood University in Missouri where she became heavily involved in the improv community, working with City Improv in St. Louis. After moving back to Colorado Springs, she continued to both act and/or direct with Castaways, The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, The Colorado Springs Conservatory, JAKES Theatre, Springs Ensemble Theatre and Theatreworks. She is thrilled for the opportunity to work with FRT and would like to thank her husband and children for their support.

THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO TOLD BY JENNIE JOHNSON – 
This event is the brainchild of Jennie. She has a passion for classic literature and has wanted to bring Poe stories to life for many years. She has been involved in theater since the age of twelve, first as an actor and later as a director, costumer, and script writer. Her newest passion has been creating and co-hosting the Ordinary Extraordinary Cemetery Podcast. She wants to thank the actors, volunteers, and students who made Beyond the Grave a marvelously successful event! She most especially wants to thank her husband and kids for allowing her to indulge in all things podcast and theater. She hopes you truly enjoy tonight’s tales of the macabre.

THE RAVEN TOLD BYT AYLOR GEIMAN- Taylor Geiman has been involved in the Colorado Springs theatre community for the last six years. He has appeared onstage at SET, the MAT, Funky Little Theatre, UCCS, & Black Box. He also directed Art Room (Funky Little Theatre), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (SET), as well as the award-winning short films Serves One, Behold a Pale Horse, & #YouToo.