Charles Adams

Noted paranormal expert Charles Adams III will provide the spooky tales for “An Evening of Ghost Stories” on Friday night at Hershey Area Playhouse.

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For those who like a bit of fright with their Halloween fun, Charles Adams III is here for you.

Friday night, the well-known paranormal researcher and television personality will be at Hershey Area Playhouse for “An Evening of Ghost Stories.” Adams has written more than 35 books on subjects such as the paranormal, folklore, shipwrecks and train wrecks, so it’s safe to say he’s got a few thrillers up his sleeve.

Adams, who also regularly writes about travel and local legends for the Reading Eagle newspaper, has appeared on many TV shows relating to the paranormal, including Travel Channel’s “Paranormal Challenge,” “Ghost Adventures” and “Mysteries of the Museum.”

One of his books, “Bucks County Ghost Stories,” was used as a prop in the M. Night Shyamalan film, “Signs.”

Tickets for the one-night-only show at the community theater in Derry Township are $15, available through hersheyareaplayhouse.com or by calling 717-533-8225.

Go ‘Into the Woods’

Carlisle Theatre Company is ready to return to the stage after a several-month hiatus, unveiling a production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods,” an award-winning musical inspired by 19th century tales from the Brothers Grimm.

Sondheim, partnering with lyricist James Lapine, scored big with this 1987 Broadway hit, which earned three Tony awards, including a Best Score trophy for Sondheim and a Best Book award for Lapine.

CTC, which underwent an organizational shakeup in the spring, returns to Carlisle Theatre with this creative fairy tale, featuring fresh takes on familiar fairytale characters from “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Rapunzel,” “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Cinderella.”

While the music of “Into the Woods” is often as expository as it is toe-tapping, standout songs include “It Takes Two,” “Agony” “and “Hello, Little Girl.”

CTC’s production runs one weekend only, Nov. 3-5. For tickets, visit carlisletheatre.org or phone 717-258-0666.

Adaptation

Oyster Mill Playhouse returns to popular ground with another adaptation of P.G. Wodehouse’s series of novels and short stories following manservant Reginald Jeeves’ efforts to rescue his wealthy boss from numerous self-inflicted wounds.

This time around, it’s Margaret Raether’s adaptation of “Jeeves Intervenes,” as usual set in high-society London during the 1920s. Hapless playboy Bertie Wooster is once again deep in the weeds after hatching a plot with old school chum Eustace Bassington-Bassington.

The idea is to dupe relatives so that Bertie can avoid an unwanted marriage while Eustace can get out of an undesired job in India. Things quickly go wrong, though, leading to Wodehouse’s signature blend of sophisticated society and farcical behavior.

It’s left to the droll Jeeves, Bernie’s ever-faithful, yet highly critical valet, to once again save the day. The stories by Wodehouse (1881-1975) were so indelible that to this day that “Jeeves” is a synonym for a valet or butler.

Oyster Mill’s last Jeeves adaptation was a well-received production of “Jeeves in Bloom” in 2014.

“Jeeves Intervenes” will run from Nov. 3-19 at the community playhouse in East Pennsboro Township. For more information, visit oystermill.com or call 717-737-6768.

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