Emerging playwright uses inner compass to write horror play

(Patrick Kline) Peformances of the play begin Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27 at 8 p.m. in the Henry T. Zukowski Auditorium at Lee Middle and High School.

By Patrick Kline

LEE — The theater is known for classic tales of good versus evil, but not usually for its horror elements. However, horror is exactly what to expect when audiences see the new play by Hunter J. Cannon.

The one-act horror play, “Compass,” was written and directed by Cannon, who graduated from Lee High School in 2018.

Similar to the 2011 film “Cabin in the Woods,” the premise of the show is a group of four teenagers go for a seemingly harmless trip to a cabin owned by Josh’s family. Josh, the leader of the group, played by Omar Pichardo, along with his girlfriend Jess, played by Rebecca Hughes, and friends, Alex who is easily scared and paranoid, played by Olivia Sands, and Steph, who is also paranoid but also over-prepared, played by Olivia Keiderling, travel to a cabin to enjoy a long weekend. During their trip, the group has a run-in with a mysterious stranger, played by Hunter Cannon, with a dark connection to the cabin and a figure, played by Will Consolati, living in the woods who has experienced the stranger’s wrath first hand. The show from the beginning does not pull any punches with two characters, portrayed by Consolati and Kimberly Gritman, being killed in the first scene, as such the recommended age for the show is 13 and up.

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