The Ghost Light Series
In the theatre we have a tradition. Whenever the stage goes dark between performances, we always like to leave a single light burning in the house until the curtain can rise again. We call it – a “ghost light.” And until we can all meet once more at White Heron, we’re pleased to offer you something we like to call our Ghost Light Series. Original Radio Drama created especially for you, our Nantucket audience. Nantucket’s White Heron Theatre Company presents White Heron Radio Theatre. Our first series, The Ghost Light Series, is adapted and directed by Mark Shanahan from Blue Balliett‘s book Nantucket Ghosts, 44 True Accounts. Performed by White Heron’s award-winning actors. Original music, sound design and audio production by John Gromada. Produced by White Heron Theatre Company.
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Full Radio Broadcast #5
Full radio broadcast, featuring the stories Whistle, A Shaker Rocker and A Tip Across the Sound. First broadcast on Nantucket’s NPR station, 89.5 WNCK-FM, October 31 & November 1, 2020.
A Trip Across the Sound
From the Archives of the Inquirer and Mirror
A Shaker Rocker
After a difficult year battling personal demons, Martin James returns to the Nantucket guest house he visited as a boy, hoping to recapture the happy days of his childhood. But when he stumbles across a mysterious relic on the beach, James accidentally summons a terrifying vision which grips him with fear… and may never let go.
Parker is the best electrician on Nantucket Island. That’s why he was chosen to install the alarm system at the house on Mill Street. And yet, the alarm keeps going off, without explanation.
But, Parker knows that there are some things which lurk just beneath the surface that can’t be explained. He saw something at that house. What it was, he cannot say. But it was there.
Featuring Michael Kopko, Ciaran Byrne and Sandra Shipley.
A Little Girl
Every parent wants to help a child in need. But when that child only appears from the beyond, things become a whole lot more complicated.
Told by Marina Morrissey
Full Radio Broadcast #4
Full radio broadcast, featuring the stories Shimmer and A Little Girl, and conversation with Sound Designer and Composer John Gromada. First broadcast on Nantucket’s NPR station, 89.5 WNCK-FM, August 8 & 9, 2020.
All the world’s a stage, including the little fishing village of ‘Sconset on Nantucket. And for Harry Woodruff, beloved member of the island’s Actors’ Colony during the early 1900s, the afterlife provides one last turn on the stage of the old ‘Sconset Casino… and the chance to take a final bow.
Featuring Liam Craig, Nina Hellman & Jeremy Shamos.
A Red Friend
Sometimes it’s best to make peace with the ghosts who haunt your house. Because, even a spirit likes to be invited to the party every now and again.
Told by Ciaran Byrne.
Full Radio Broadcast #3
Full radio broadcast, featuring the stories Harry’s Ghost and A Red Friend, and conversation with author Blue Balliett. First broadcast on Nantucket’s NPR station, 89.5 WNCK-FM, August 1 & 2, 2020.
Under the Scallop Shells
As a child, Hennie had a friend who was a ghost. Her parents didn’t believe he was real. But Hennie knew otherwise. Because, like the Nantucket tide, some friendships run can deep, leaving lasting impressions upon the shores of childhood.
Featuring Judith Ivey, Nina Hellman, Mark Shanahan and Tess Bierly.
You Wanted to See Me
Footsteps in the attic. Muffled voices in the night. Strange shadows in the doorway. Living in an old Nantucket house often means accepting a host of mysterious events in your home. But if you do go looking for an explanation, it’s best to be prepared for what you may find.
Told by Alexandra Kopko
Full Radio Broadcast #2
Full radio broadcast, featuring the stories Under the Scallop Shells and You Wanted to See Me, and conversation with author Blue Balliett. First broadcast on Nantucket’s NPR station, 89.5 WNCK-FM, July 25 & 26, 2020.
The Tipping Table
It’s the Roaring Twenties, and New York reporter John Hibbert has come to Nantucket to interview two young ladies who claim they can speak with the ghost of an old sailor. Surely they must be faking …
Featuring Jeremy Shamos, Michael Kopko, Nina Hellman, Lynne Bolton and Mary Seidel.
Old and Young
A good off-season rental is always hard to find. But every house has a history. Learning that history can reveal a few things- even if you can’t explain them.
Told by Mark Shanahan.
Full Radio Broadcast #1
Full radio broadcast, featuring the stories Old and Young and The Tipping Table, and conversation with author Blue Balliett. First broadcast on Nantucket’s NPR station, 89.5 WNCK-FM, July 18 & 19, 2020.