Towne Players’ spring production haunts GPAC

kjahner@newsobserver.comApril 22, 2014 

Bethany, played by Shannon Plummer-White, reacts to seeing her dead husband Chance, played by Josh Hamilton, center, during a dress rehearsal. Floyd, played by Tim Stancil, is surprised.


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    Who: Towne Players of Garner

    What: Ghost of a Chance

    Where: Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W. Garner Road

    When: April 24-26, 8 p.m.

    Tickets: GPAC Box Office, open 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., or online (Sales through Town of Garner website,

— There’s a ghost haunting the Garner Performing Arts Center.

And it will be back again this weekend.

The Towne Players of Garner performed its spring production “A Ghost of a Chance” twice last weekend and will perform four more times starting Thursday at 8 p.m. at GPAC.

There will also be showings at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, along with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee.

The play tells the tale of a widow named Bethany, who brings her fiance and his mother to the cabin in the woods near where her husband died in a hunting accident. But the dead husband, Chance, hasn’t left for the next world yet.

“It’s a lighthearted show with some heavy things,” director Beth Honeycutt said. “It was written by two writers that have done quite a bit of writing for Disney, but it’s not in the Disney style.”

Bethany tries to get her ghost of a husband to go to the next world, and the audience eventually learns why he won’t leave through what Honeycutt calls “some darker twists and turns, with a nice message or two.”

The cast is largely made up of veteran Towne Players, such as Josh Hamilton, who plays Chance, and Tim Stancil, who plays Floyd, the fiance.

But newcomer Shannon Plummer-White plays the lead female role of Bethany. Honeycutt said she tries to avoid the trap of sticking with all the same people all the time.

“That’s the tendency, to do that in community theater. So I’m really trying not to do that. You want to give people the (opportunity) that haven’t worked with you before,” Honeycutt said. “If someone is right for the part that’s who I’m going to choose.”

Other cast members include Kelly Stancil, who plays a medium named Crystal who tries to help Chance “head toward the light,” Ethel Webster who plays Floyd’s mother who is not too fond of Bethany, and David Flood as the man who wants to buy the cabin.

The cast rehearsed for six weeks including a April 17 dress rehearsal. And Honeycutt said it all came together nicely, as it tends to.

“That’s the beauty of community theater. It’s really a release for people,” Honeycutt said. “If they aren’t enjoying themselves, then you’re doing something wrong.”

Jahner: 919-829-4822; Twitter: @garnercleveland

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