Candlelight Theatre presents ’The (White) House of Horrors’


Fishers resident Kevin Shadle has a new twist in his latest Candlelight Theatre role.


Shadle plays Judge Joseph Holt in James Trofatter’s “The (White) House of Horrors,” Oct. 12 to 28 at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site in Indianapolis.

As Judge Advocate General of the Army, Holt was chief prosecutor in the trial of the alleged Abraham Lincoln assassination conspirators. The play centers on Mary Surratt, who was hanged after being found guilty.

“This role will be a bit different for me in that it is not a comedic role,” Shadle said. “I have done the Halloween show before and enjoy performing at the Presidential Harrison site. From the actor’s perspective, it is an altogether different way to perform theater, a short vignette many times a night, for an audience that sometimes totals more than some community theater audiences.”


Noblesville resident Ann Richards is a relative newcomer to Candlelight Theatre, performing as Christmas Spider in last year’s holiday show.

“It was so much fun, playing a spider in a former U.S. President’s home,” she said.

Richards play Francis Cleveland, wife of Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th president.

“Such fun. I even get to do a little channeling (of spirits) during the play,” she said.


Geist resident Donna Wing, Candlelight Theatre’s creative director, portrays Surratt.

“The greatest challenge to me is in playing a role of a woman found guilty of a crime where doubt is an element,” she said.” The culture of the Victorian era dictated that a woman’s place was in the home. Hence, when a woman on trial showed an element of independent thinking, planning, or of having any kind of power, her innocence was threatened. In Surratt’s case, she was guilty by association. The conspirators met at her boarding house. That was the crime for which she was hung.”

Noblesville resident John West is playing President James A. Garfield.


“I like this role as it is the first time I’ll be playing such a prominent person in history,” West said. “The challenging part is I will be performing the scene with three other actors, so this will be a more complex interaction than I have had in the past. I’m excited to work with them all.”

This will be the fifth time West has performed in a Halloween show.

“I really enjoy these as they are one coherent story, but you get to interact with many different characters as you progress through the house,” West said. “I think the audience will have a lot of fun with it.”

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