The Herald Bulletin

October 10, 2013

Spirits of Blue and Gray

Candlelight Theatre presents ghostly Civil War-era tales at Benjamin Harrison home

By Nancy R. Elliott The Herald Bulletin
The Herald Bulletin

---- — INDIANAPOLIS – It’s that time of year. With Halloween’s approach, ghost stories are derigueur. What better place to enjoy them than in a Victorian mansion after dark? The former residence of Benjamin Harrison, 23rd president of the United States, from 1889 to 1893, makes the perfect spot to take in a little history with your seasonal ghost tales.

Candlelight Theatre is bringing its very special brand of theater to the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site in Indianapolis with its production of “Spirits of Blue and Gray.” The haunting experience takes place the evenings of Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11 and 12, 18 and 19, with afternoon performances on Sunday Oct. 20. Performances begin every half-hour and last approximately 90 minutes as audiences move through the Harrison home. The Candlelight Theatre at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site offers an intimate venue in a historical setting.

The unique theater experience will take the audience throughout all three floors of the Harrison home as they travel from room to room. Along the way they will hear the stories of the ghosts of people who lived – and died – during the Civil War. A psychic will guide the audience on its journey through the mansion and help to connect with the phantasms. Tales of espionage, bravery, deception and love are told straight from the spirits’ mouths in these tales written and directed by James Troffater.

As guests progress through the home, well-known figures like Harriet Tubman and Mary Todd Lincoln may be encountered, as well as other soldiers and civilians serving the North and South during the Civil War.

Shorter vignettes will be viewed standing; seating is provided for longer scenes.

Audience members will be traveling up and down flights of narrow stairs, although elevator assistance can be arranged if needed.

Several performances are already sold out. Tickets can be purchased for other performances online at www.bhpsite.org or by phone at 317-631-1888. The production is not recommended for children under 6. Tickets are $14 for adults, $11 for Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site members, and $5 for children 6-11.

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If you go What: "Spirits of Blue and Gray" presented by Candlelight Theatre Where: Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, 1230 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis When: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11, 12, 18, 19 at 6, 6:30,7, 7:30 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 20 at 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 6 p.m. Some performances are sold out. Tickets: Tickets are $14 for adults, $11 for Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site members, and $5 for children 6-11. The production is not recommended for children under 6. Purchase tickets online at www.bhpsite.org or by phone at 317-631-1888.