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[Director Katherine Bettinghaus talks to the cast of "The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street," during a recent rehearsal at Kaneland High School. The Kaneland Arts Initiative will perform the piece as part of the Naper Settlement Halloween event.]
“The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street” is a book written by Chicago author Lindsay Currie. A short five-minute play script was written by Kaneland Arts Initiative Executive Director Maria Dripps-Paulson and Katherine Bettinghaus, the play's director.
The book is about Tessa, a middle-schooler, who moves to Chicago with her family. She then finds out her house is haunted.
“We basically are trying to intrigue enough of the people who come to the Naper Settlement to figure out, oh, maybe they want to read the rest of this book to find out what’s going on,” Dripps-Paulson said. “And also, to scare them a little.”
Dripps-Paulson said there will be houses at Naper Settlement that “turn into some type of haunted house.” There will be Dracula’s lair and a torture chamber. The house, now known as the titular Peculiar House, where the Kaneland Arts Initiative actors will perform is normally a post office.
There will be two sets of mostly Kaneland-area actors, 10 in total, performing the play so that each set will be able to have a break. Actors in the play range from ages 12 to 21 years old.