The Morrin Centre hosts a spooky Halloween Concert

Halloween is the time when fantastic tales become realities, when ordinary people transform into spectacular creatures, and when historic buildings like the Morrin Centre transform into beautiful performance venues. On Oct. 29, Peter Calkins and a cast of local actors invite the public to enjoy the first ever My Morrin Halloween Concert, which will put a spooky twist on excerpts from five classic musicals. Each one tells the story of misunderstood souls.

The Morrin Centre’s rich history and unique architecture inspire the imagination of many. As part of the My Morrin series, members submit event ideas, later to be selected by a committee. “This fall, one of the events is the Halloween Concert,” said development and communications director Elizabeth Perreault. “What was interesting was that the four committee members who decided to put on this event were interested in exploring musicals that are not only about romance, or comedy or fun, or light-hearted, but with a Halloween theme.”

In The Phantom of the Opera, the title character haunts an opera house to keep his soprano protégée to himself. Into the Woods puts a scary twist on classic fairy tales like Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood. There is always something unexpected lurking in the dark corners, like Quasimodo in the bell towers of Notre-Dame de Paris.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame recounts the tragic tale of three men who are all in love with the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda. In some instances, the dark side lures even the purest of souls, such as the innocent Wednesday from The Addams Family. Others dive right into the darkness to save their dearest love, like Orpheus does for Eurydice in Gluck’s opera of the same name.

Calkins came up with the idea for the Halloween Concert, and directs the production. He is a seasoned member of the Quebec Art Company (QAC) and Les Rhapsodes choir.

The youngest of the four performers is Collège Jésus-Marie de Sillery student Gabrielle Lapointe. The teenage singer has an impressive résumé including multiple awards at the Concours de musique de la Capitale and credits in numerous school productions and in Robert Lepage’s operas, as well as four albums.

Pianist Hugh Glassco, another QAC veteran, now teaches English at the Eastern Québec Learning Centre. A professional composer and singer, Chartier has five plays and three musicals to his name, including What If?, which is to be performed in Quebec City and Ottawa in 2019. He is currently in rehearsals with the QAC in the role of Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire.

The Halloween Concert takes place at the Morrin Centre on Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5, free for Morrin Centre members. Visit morrin.org for information.