Horror and hilarity meet in Halloween cabaret

Zombie photo from previous Halloween event by First City Shakespeare

In Pensacola's historic East Hill neighborhood stands a foreboding stone castle, the site of the first Catholic Hospital in Florida. Pensacola Hospital, later known as Sacred Heart, treated its first patients in 1915. Now, legend has it the fortress on 12th Avenue is haunted by the spirits of those who left the corporeal world unwillingly.

You may not see any ghosts during First City Shakespeare's Halloween cabaret, but the acting troupe promises you'll encounter a variety of creepy and kooky characters from scary clowns to singing witches.

The theme is "Asylum: We're All Mad Here." The program includes scenes and songs from film and fiction, including selections from the works of horror masters Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Lewis Carroll, and Stephen King.

The traveling show will take you through the old hospital weaving tales from the building's history into an entertaining evening of theatre.

Performances are October 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, and 31. Tours last about 50 minutes and begin every hour on the hour, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for children 12 and younger. Warning: some scenes contain adult language.

First City Shakespeare has been putting on Halloween events in Pensacola since 2014. The group, along with its youth division, the Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company also perform the works of Shakepeare at venues around Pensacola throughout the year.

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