American Ghosts

30 October & 1 November, 2003

Carriage House, Beaconsfield, Charlottetown


Poetry and Stories by: Emily Dickinson and Edgar Allen Poe


Director: Emily Hanlon

Music: Carl Mathis and the Indian River Festival Chorus

Producer: unknown

Stage Manager: unknown

Cast: unknown

Presented at Hallowe’en time, this was a collection of readings, with musical selections, to create a haunting atmosphere.


For example, it included a dramatization of Poe’s short story “The Tell-tale Heart.”  The narrator tries to convey an impression of sanity while describing a murder they committed.  The victim was an old man with a filmy "vulture-eye", as the narrator calls it.  The narrator emphasizes the careful calculation of the murder, to make it a perfect crime, complete with dismembering and hiding the body under the floorboards.  Ultimately, the narrator's feelings of guilt, or a mental disturbance, result in hearing a thumping sound, which they interpret as the dead man's beating heart!