GARDINER — The Open Book Players will present “Tales of Mystery and Madness,” featuring stories with spine-tingling twists and turns, on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17-18, at the Johnson Hall.

The Saturday show begins at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday’s at 2 p.m.

The audience will experience a fearful walk through a cemetery, meet two women in a tea room – one of whom has an unusual secret, learn that not all wishes should come true, be introduced to the “lighter” side of the Transylvanian villain, discover that not all little girls are “sugar and spice,” and finally understand the power of the written word.

These stories will be frightfully interpreted by an experienced cast of local actors, including Peg Acheson and Kathleen Brainerd of Gardiner, Kenyon and Gwenyth Fraser and Rob Coates of Litchfield, Jim Gill of Winthrop, Cindy Turcotte of Bowdoin, Dustin and Miranda Shepherd of Waterville and Colleen Mahan of Greene.

The production is directed by Lucy Rioux, artistic director of Open Book Players. The tech crew includes Elijah Washburn and Chris Jones, both of Litchfield. Tickets are $7 for general admission, $5 for students and seniors. For more information or reservations, call 582-5717 or 582-7144.

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