“The Woman in Black” was performed at the Romance Theater Oct. 24, 25 and 26.
“The Woman in Black” is a play within a play about a part of character Arthur Kipps life.
In the play, Kipps hires an actor to portray a younger him during a time when he was haunted by a ghostly woman while on a business trip.
The Woman in Black’s first appearance in the play made some of the audience members scream.
“Overall it was a really good play,” said Natalie Alvarenga, a freshman studying business management. “The most exciting part was the suspense, when you don’t know if [the Woman in Black] is going to come scare you or not.”
Eliza Bigler, a sophomore majoring in general studies, said she had seen the play before, so she brought her roommates along.
“I’d seen the show before and thought the other one [I saw] was better, but I was still blown away by this one,” Bigler said.
Jeffrey Lee Blake, along with his wife, Julianna Blake, and his brother-in-law Matthew Boulter, founded the Echo Theatre, which is located in Provo, Utah, directed, produced and performed in the play.
Blake said he decided to direct and produce “The Woman in Black” because it is one of his favorite plays.
He said he likes to portray a character in a play within a play.
Blake said the most frustrating part of putting on “The Woman in Black” was the multiple responsibilities of having to act, direct and produce.
He said the day they opened was one of the most stressful days he’s ever had.
Blake said that although he had multiple responsibilities in the show, casting was easy.
He knew he wanted Jason Sullivan to play the part of The Actor, the character who plays a younger Kipps, because he is easygoing and professional.
Sullivan said he felt like he didn’t have to dig to find his character, because he saw many similarities between himself and the character.
He said figuring out the character he played in “The Woman in Black” was simple because the character was easy to relate to.
Sullivan said his least favorite part of the experience of rehearsing and performing this show was opening night.
He said he didn’t get enough sleep, and it was hard to maintain his composure.
Blake graduated from BYU-Idaho with a Bachelor’s in advertising but decided to become an actor, because that is what he did growing .
Blake said his mom was a theater teacher when he was growing . The first show he was in was “Hello Dolly.”
Blake said Echo Theatre Traveling Company will be back in Rexburg in the next few months to perform “39 Steps.”