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October 22 “Haunting Tales at Anderson Park” Collaboration with Bristol TN Parks & Rec and King University’s Twin City Radio Theatre Troupe

BRISTOL, Tenn., October 10, 2016 – A brisk autumn evening is the perfect time for a family-friendly event complete with spooky tales and treats. On Saturday, Oct. 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Bristol, Tennessee Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to attend the first “Haunting Tales at Anderson Park.” The event will include special performances by King University’s Twin City Radio Theatre Troupe, as well as a special guest Pam Neal, retired librarian from the Bristol, Va., city schools and the Bristol Public Library.

“We’re very excited to bring this new event to Bristol. We wanted to do something different people could enjoy this season, and we think the storytelling event will be just that,” says Mike Musick, recreation superintendent for the City of Bristol, Tenn., Parks & Recreation Department. “This is a great opportunity for the community to see some wonderfully talented people. Many folks in town are familiar with Pam Neal, and many remember her telling the story of the Belle Witch; those who haven’t  will enjoy this opportunity to see her do so. This is also a great opportunity to partner with a very talented group from King University. The Twin City Radio Theatre Troupe will deliver Poe's chilling tales,and do so in a way that will transport folks to the 1940’s when radio delivered our entertainment and sparked the imagination. Our citizens are in for a treat.”

 The evening’s events will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the Twin City Radio Theatre Troupe’s performance of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart.” The Troupe’s second performance will be “The Fall of the House of Usher,” also a Poe classic. “Tales of Mystery” will feature adaptations of the short stories “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Fall of the House of Usher.” Each performance promises to be a unique theatrical experience, not unlike what might have been seen in a radio studio in the 1930s or 1940s with actors gathered around microphones with scripts in hand, live sound effects, and colorful hosts setting the proper mood for the evening’s dramatic offerings.

“We are thrilled to share the work of the 19th centuries’ master of the macabre with the community in the in Anderson Park,” says Chris Slaughter, associate professor of theatre for King. “With its colorful hosts, thrilling plots, and live sound effects, radio drama is a highly entertaining, distinctive family theatre experience.”

Storyteller Pam Neal will bring to life the legend of the Bell Witch. Neal will tell of the legend of the Bell Witch, a sinister entity that tormented a pioneer family on Tennessee’s early frontier between 1817 and 1821. The haunting involved real people and is substantiated by eyewitness accounts, affidavits, and manuscripts penned by those who experienced the haunting first hand.

A brief question and answer sessions will take place following the Bell Witch tale and the final radio drama performance.

The city will be providing free popcorn and cotton candy while supplies last.

Contact Chris Slaughter at 423.652.4800 or Mike Musick at 423.764.4026 for additional information.

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