We all have them – those stories you were told as a child by an older sibling who wanted the scare the living daylights out of you.
Or perhaps you were on school camp and your peers sat around a campfire trying to outdo each other with the most frightening tale they could imagine.
“Ghost Light Theatre wants to capture that feeling of excitement and exhilaration and bring it to the stage,” says manager Debbie Brooks.
“We keep these ourselves, or forget about as we get older, but we think it’s time to reveal the skeletons in our closet.”
The project is part of a new project by the Bridge St-based theatre called “Ghost Stories”.
Supported by Arts Council Nelson, it aims to get people who would not usually think themselves as performers to share a story.
“It’s about offering a non-threatening, fun and welcoming environment for all people to join in on,” Debbie says.
The idea is to also record the performances to create an on-going podcast series.
Ghost Stories will run several times through the year, all revolving around different themes.
“But for the first one we thought we should keep it simple,” Debbie says. “All you need to do is tell your best ghost story. It can be long or short, scary or funny. We want a diverse range of people.”
She says people should get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or through its Facebook page.
“So come prepared for spine-tingling, scary stories from your friends and neighbours. It’ll be a night not to miss. And if you are tech savvy and want to help record it then get in touch.”
Ghost Stories is on at Ghost Light Theatre, behind the big red door at 146 Bridge St, on June 21 at 8pm.