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 And Then There Were None

 A BroadwayChristmas Carol 2009


The Turn of the Screw 2008
by Jeffrey Hatcher 

At a Glance

Category: Staged Production




Oct 31, 2008 @ 8:00 PM
Oct 31, 2008 @ 11:00 PM
Nov 1, 2008 @ 2:00 PM
Nov 1, 2008 @ 8:00 PM

Duke Energy Theatre

345 N. College St..
Charlotte, NC 28202





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Winner of Five 2009
MTA Awards
in Special Events


  • Best Production
  • Best Director
  • Best Male Lead Actor
  • Best Female Lead Actor
  • Best Technical Effect

From the Story by Henry James
Through Special Arrangment
with Dramatists Play Service

Directed by Elizabeth Peterson-Vita

Scenic, Lighting, and Projection Design 
by James Vita

Amy Laughter
Aaron White



Are the ghosts real, or are they the product of her own fevered imagination? Find out in Actors Scene Unseen's fully staged production of Jeffrey Hatcher's provocative tale of suspense and horror, The Turn of the Screw.


A young governess journeys to a lonely English manor house to care for two orphaned children. Her predecessor, Miss Jessel, drowned herself and the valet, Peter Quint, was also found dead under mysterious circumstances. Now the new governess has begun to see the specters of Quint and Jessel haunting the children, and she must find a way to stop the fiends before it is too late.


Meg Wood played the role of the Governesss at the 11PM performance on Halloween night (10/31/2008).




"… a ghost story onstage can convey a special aura when well performed. And this one certainly is. … Amy Laughter gives a stunning performance as the young Governess … Aaron White adroitly plays three characters: the Master, the Housekeeper, and the boy Miles … The lighting and set, designed by James Vita, also produce mysterious shadows, colors, and shapes. James's complex psychological study of the ghostly identities and fears that we carry within us, while alive, or find in others as shadows of repressed desires, comes alive in the various stage spaces, performing bodies, and theatrical effects of this production. …perhaps it will be revived by its talented director, Elizabeth Peterson-Vita, at some point in the future, so that more souls may experience the uncanny magic and wisdom of this show."
Review by Mark Pizzato, Arts à la Mode. (Read the entire review)


Amid a dense weekend schedule ... I was able to peep in on Actors Scene Unseen and their venture into Halloween latenight, The Turn of the Screw ... Meg Wood as the governess in Henry James's celebrated ghost yarn ... as followers of her work could have predicted, was merely outstanding ... The real news was Aaron White, making his Charlotte debut in all the other roles at Duke Energy Theatre. White soared over the borderlines that separate one gender from another -- and the living from the dead.

Review by Perry Tannebaum, Creative Loafing. (Read the entire review)


About the Production

  • Director Dr. Elizabeth Peterson-Vita is NY trained and has directed all of Actors Scene Unseen's important productions including Nijinsky's Last Dance, Jack the Musical, Slaughterhouse-5, and Gilgamesh - A Verse Play. She has also guest directed And Then there Were None and Alice in Wonderland for the Lincoln Theatre Guild (LTG). She was nominated for Best Director for Nijinsky's Last Dance by the MTA in 2007.
  • For the past two years, Producer/Designer James Vita has studied design arts with Tony Award Winning master designers in NYC. He has studied Lighting Design with Jules Fisher, Peggy Eisenhauer, and Kevin Adams, Projection Design with Wendell K. Harrington, and Sound Design with Abe Jacob and Jonathan Deans. He has created the technical designs for Actors Scene Unseen's productions of Miller's Court, A Broadway Christmas Carol, and A Shakespeare Christmas Carol. He was also guest designer for the LTG's productions of And Then there Were None (Scenic, Lighting, and Sound) and Alice in Wonderland (Lighting, Sound, and Projection).

Actors Scene Unseen is a multidisciplinary production company with musicals, staged productions, live radio theatre, and 4 commercial audio CDs. We are a member of the Grammy Recording Academy with entries for 2009 Grammy consideration (Best Album, Best Spoken Word Album, Engineer of the Year, and Producer of the Year) for our latest dramatic CD Gilgamesh - A Verse Play.

About the Cast

  • Amy Laughter is an EC Instructional Assistant at Druid Hills Elementary. This is her second time performing with Actors Scene Unseen, after voicing the Godess Ishtar in their spoken word cd Epic Of Gilgamesh. She began acting at age 3 and Amy knew then, the stage was where she belonged. She has performed throughout the Charlotte area with theatre companies including: Actors Gym, African American Childrens Theatre, CPCC, CP Summer Theatre, Childrens Theatre Of Charlotte, Classics Theatre Of Charlotte, Shakespeare Carolina, Theatre Charlotte, and Victory Pictures. Her latest roles include Ann Putnam in The Crucible, Cecily in The Odd Couple, Bianca in Taming Of The Shrew, and Honey Rae in Dearly Beloved. She will also been seen in two feature films, both in post production, When Love Comes Home and C For Chaos.
  • Aaron White has recently arrived in Charlotte from Birmingham, Alabama, where he performed regularly in that city's theatre scene. At Birmingham Festival Theatre he played Joe Pitt in Angels in America I and II, Billy in The Goat, The Limping Man in Fuddy Meers, and Comet in The Eight: The Reindeer Monologues. With Centerstage Productions he played General Howell in Kiss Me Kate, and with professional newcomers Magic City Actor's Theatre he played Mr. Gatch in How To Succeed In Business (Without Really Trying). Most recently he played First Sargeant Caithness in the Muse Of Fire production of Macbeth at Sloss Furnace. Aaron has also been a member of Birmingham improv troupes Torrential Downplay and The Feminist Debutante Guild.


  • 2009 - Nomination in Special Events for Best Production, Best Director, Best Male Actor, Best Female Actor, and Best Special Effect for The Turn of the Screw by Metrolina Theatre Association.
  • 2009 - Nomination for Best Storytelling CD for Gilgamesh - A Verse Play by Just Plain Folks Awards, TN.
  • 2008 - Par Excellence Award by Arts ala Mode
  • 2008 - Nomination for Best Special Effect for Projection Design in A Shakespeare Christmas Carol by Creative Loafing
  • 2007 - Winner of Best Production, Winner of Best Male Actor and nomination for Best Director in Special Events for Nijinsky's Last Dance by Metrolina Theatre Association.
  • 2006 - Nomination for Best Spoken Word CD for An Original Radio Drama: The Battle of Alcatraz by Just Plain Folks Awards, CA.
  • 1995 - Top 100 Streaming Media Site for The NPR SynchroCast (tm) of Paul Winter's Winter Solstice Celebration live from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC by Progressive Networks.


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