The Old Globe Theatre? Shipwrecks? Specters? It might sound like something right out of Shakespeare’s time, but this is Tony Award-winner Duncan Sheik’s latest CD and musical, “Whisper House.”
After the critically acclaimed success of “Spring Awakening,” Sheik returns to Arden’s 150-year-old Gild Hall on Friday, March 19, to perform songs from his newest musical, which debuted at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. Written by Kyle Jarrow and directed by Peter Askin, “Whisper House” has been labeled as “darkly enchanting” by the Los Angeles Times.
Set up as a melodrama, Sheik’s compositions tell the story of a Maine family greatly affected by the events of World War II. Most of the play’s action is shown to the audience through the perspective of two ghosts who haunt the family’s lighthouse. Sheik relates the story back to his native southern roots.
“Charleston has this history of ghost stories, a southern tradition I kind of grew up with,” says Sheik. “I reconnected with it in some way and used that to write the lyrics to these songs. … It was so much more fun to write from the persona of these ghosts, these dead people, and the whimsical malevolence I could articulate through their voices.”
Gild Hall is located at 2126 The Highway, just 10 minutes north of Wilmington, Sheik takes the stage at 8pm. Tickets are $30 for the general public and $25 for club members. Non-member tickets can be purchased online at www.ardenclub.org or by phone at 302.475.3126.