This story ran on on Wednesday, September 27, 2006 9:52 AM CDT

Halloween comes on screen and stage

The Times

HOBART | Two spooky events will hit M & M Productions' Center Stage Studio Theatre soon.

The horror film "Phantom of Monster Lake" hits the screen in the Audience Choice Award Film Screenings this weekend and the murder mystery "First Stage of Terror" hits the live stage next month.

The Audience Choice Film Festival Opens its run of Halloween films at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with the campy take off of 'B' movies, "Monster of Phantom Lake".

Other film horror film titles will be announced. The audience gets to grade all films.

"Monster of Phantom Lake" is a faithful 're-imagining' of 1950's Cold War-era, B-grade, drive-in horror movies. It follows proud scientist Professor Jackson, his graduate student and five swell teenagers as they discover the terrifying effects of 'Atomic Waste' in the form of a horribly mutated half 'shell-shocked' World War II-soldier/half lake-algae monster!

Can the musically inclined Professor Jackson and his faithful, graduate student/love interest, Stephanie, unlock the monster's horrible secret before its wrath is unleashed upon the sleepy town of Mukwonago, Wisconsin?

Will self-proclaimed 'scared-of-everything' teenager Elizabeth confront her worst fears?

Will George survive his encounter with the hideous beast?

Will Jonathan and Amy go 'all the way'?

And will ANYONE remember Penny when she's gone?

See The Monster of Phantom Lake to find out.

M & M Productions and Ross Music Theatre present "First Stage of Terror" on the Center Stage Studio Theatre stage at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20, 21, 22, 26, 27 and 28, and at 2 p.m. Oct. 29.

The play takes place the day before Halloween as actors in a local play start disappearing. Everyone is a suspect - including the audience as they are part of the show.

Both funny and creepy, ticket prices $9 for adults, $8 for students and seniors and $7 for children 12 and younger.

For more information or tickets, call (219) 947-49222.