Ancram Opera House Presents “Aunt Leaf” [Berkshire On Stage]
A tale from the dark woods of the Hudson River Valley and the darker woods of the imagination…
The Ancram Opera House will present Aunt Leaf, a ghost story inspired by American and Mexican folklore and a haunting Mary Oliver poem, at 4pm on Saturday & Sunday (February 3 & 4). Suitable for ages nine to ninety, the show features the acclaimed Mexican artist Indira Pensado as Storyteller, mixing English with Spanish to tell a spine-tingling tale that asks audiences to decide what is real, and what is not. Aunt Leaf is directed by Jeffrey Mousseau, Co-Artistic Director of the Ancram Opera House.
It’s 1910. Annabelle, a quiet 11-year-old, and her lonely great-aunt Leaf develop a secret ritual of storytelling. Each night the old woman sends the child into the woods to look for her husband. Each night the girl brings back stories — made-up “proof” of her deceased uncle — to cheer up the old woman. Annabelle’s fibs grow into stories, and her stories grow into tall tales. As she wanders deeper into the forest each night, she comes to believe her own stories are true.