"The Shining" Hits The Stage In Effort To Save Benson Theatre

By: WOWT 6 News Email
By: WOWT 6 News Email

Auditions are being held Thursday and Saturday for a brand-new stage adaptation of Stephen King's "The Shining." The project is to raise money for the Benson Theatre renovation.

Omaha Film Festival Executive Director Jason Levering wrote the adaptation and will serve as Director. He told WOWT 6 News this is the first time "The Shining" has ever been adapted to stage. Stephen King signed off on the project.

Auditions will be held January 9 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and January 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Image Arts Building, 2626 Harney Street. Leverning said there are roles for 11 cast members; all cast members, except Danny and Hallorann, will play multiple roles.

Just like the movie, made famous by Jack Nicholson, the play will follow the tragic story of the Torrance family and their battle against the inhuman forces of The Overlook Hotel. The show is set for March 21 and 22 at Sokol Auditorium. Tickets will go on sale within the next few weeks.

Altogether, The Benson Theatre Project needs to raise $250,000 to purchase the historic building by April 2014.

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