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‘Wait Until Dark’ at Stage Too

Ellah Perry and Natalie Geraghty in the Prescott Center for the Arts’ production of “Wait Until Dark.” (Robert Redford/Courtesy)

Ellah Perry and Natalie Geraghty in the Prescott Center for the Arts’ production of “Wait Until Dark.” (Robert Redford/Courtesy)

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Kevin Goss as Carlino and Natalie Geraghty as Susy in Prescott Center for the Arts' "Wait Until Dark." (Robert Redford/Courtesy)

Closing out Prescott Center for the Arts’ 2018-19 season is “Wait Until Dark” on Stage Too, directed by Catherine Miller Hahn.

Hahn said she remembers the 1967 film of the same name starring Audrey Hepburn. It was pretty scary, she said.

“Everybody I know that was my age or younger then that saw it thought it was the scariest thing in the world,” Miller Hahn said, adding that Stage Too “is the perfect place to do it because you can make it almost pitch black.”

She figured if the organization was going to do the show, it’s best to do it before getting the new building because it’s not going to lend itself as well as Stage Too will to “Wait Until Dark.”

Multiple shows are already sold out with remaining showtimes at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 3-4; and Friday and Saturday, May 9-10; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 12. Tickets are $19 and available online at www.pca-az.net or at the door.

Hahn said she double cast the lead role of Susy Hendrix and her husband, Sam Hendrix. They’re played by Natalie Geraghty and Kelsey Claire and Philip Mastosich and Rob Milligan. Both of the actresses are so busy and active in theater that Hahn said she needed two do make the three-week run work. It also worked because they’re both great and she had a hard time picking, she said.

The show has a lot of fight choreography with three stabbings on stage, Miller Hahn said. They’re all realistic and exciting thanks to Prescott Center for the Arts’ new fight choreographer, Brian Moultrap, she said. Additionally, newcomer Albert Hendeaux designed the set, Hahn added.

“We’re not doing it stylistically, we’re doing it 1972,” she said. “I just think it’s exciting. It’s different than everything else.”

“Wait Until Dark” is suspense at its best, Hahn said. It was written by Frederick Knott, who also wrote “Dial M for Murder,” so people who love film noir or suspense films will enjoy this one, she said.

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