Enjoy some mystery at the Fremont Community Theatre's production of 'Ravenscroft'

Everyone loves a well played whodunit and the period piece “Ravenscroft,” being performed at Fremont Community Theatre, is just that.
Lori Demres
Nov 8, 2012

Want to go?
WHAT: Ravenscroft
WHEN: 8 p.m. November 9, 10, 16 & 17 and 2 p.m. November 11 & 18
WHERE: Fremont Community Theatre, 1551 Dickinson Street, Fremont
COST: Adults - $12.00, Seniors and students - $10.00
INFO: 419-332-0695

It seems there has been a suspicious death in an old English manor. Very curious though how it mimics the death of the master of the household only a short time ago.

“I like the challenge of a big role with tons of lines and it’s written in period dialect,” said Mitch Antesky, who is wearing many hats these days. One of those hats is as the inspector investigating the unfortunate demise of a young man living on the premises.

Several members of Fremont first saw an excerpt of “Ravenscroft” performed at an Ohio Community Theatre Association theatre competition being done by a friendly rival theatre.  They decided to read the script and then, by chance, another member saw the entire play and enjoyed it.

It seemed like a simple set, which would be a plus until Antesky brought in some Victorian furniture that needed to be refinished and reupholstered. “Did I mention I was the formal set designer?” Said Antesky, alluding to one of the “hats” he is wearing for this production. He has also procured several beautiful crystal vases that look like cut glass. They play a pivotal role in the play but no one is talking.

Of the six cast members, four are returning vets of Fremont, one is a newer returnee who only just began her career at Fremont in the September production of “Working” and there is one brand spanking new member, which every community theatre relishes. Antesky was excited at first at being the only male in the cast. He was told he was going to get his own private dressing room. Alas, “Ravenscroft” is performed without anyone ever leaving the stage giving him no time at all to enjoy his private digs. By having the characters only linger in the shadows rather than go offstage, it is very loosely interpreted to mean that the suspects are always in the back of the inspector’s mind.

Amazingly enough, Virginia Wise is the director and not Antesky. Never one to be outdone Mitch Antesky’s last and final hat is as president of Fremont Community Theatre.