“The Cutler Creepshow” is back for its 9th annual haunted adventure which takes place at the Cutler Theatre in Deer Lodge. “Creepshow” has been a Cutler Brothers staple since its founding in 2012 and this year’s theme will get back to the basics as the theatre troupe will produce a generic story titled “Cutler Creepshow 2020.”
Matthew Cutler, the youngest of the brothers, is the author of this year’s Creepshow and he promises that this October’s haunted show will be the cherry on an already strange 2020. “Essentially the story takes place in a haunted mansion where each little room has its own demented subplot,” Cutler stated. He added, “I just wanted a simple theme where we could get creative and let our imaginations run wild.”
Marquis Dijon Archuleta, a Cutler Brothers resident actor, will make his first appearance in Creepshow as a guide. Archuleta has longed to participate in the Deer Lodge October festivities but has always had theatre jobs outside of the state during this month. In 2020 he has stayed close to home and looks forward to “creeping” audience members out later this month.
“Creepshow” is an interactive haunted house where audience participants are thrown into a story and must make decisions to weave through the plotlines. This year’s show begins with a short stage production to set up the theme before participants are lunged into the theme on a walking tour. Cutler Brothers productions has made all efforts to abide by the state Covid19 mandates including socially distanced tours, limited numbers on tours, hand sanitizer stations, and more.
“The Cutler Creepshow 2020” is $10 per ticket and tickets may be purchased at the Box Office located at 301 Main in Deer Lodge on the nights of the show. Tours run October 16th to Halloween night, Fridays and Saturdays beginning at 7:00 pm and ending around midnight. Tours are around 20 minutes long and run every half an hour on a first come first serve basis. Reservations are accepted by calling (406) 846-4096. Visit cutlerbros.com for more details.
Cutler Bros. 6th annual “Creepshow” will kick off this Friday, October 20th and run weekends through the 28th with several tours a night beginning at 7:00 pm. The 2017 “Creepshow” theme is stories by Stephen King including “Misery,” “The Shining,” “IT,” and many more. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door.
The Cutler Bros. “Creepshow” began in 2012 when the Deer Lodge-based entertainment company decided to try its hand at horror. After two years of creepiness at the brother’s theatre the troupe moved the October show to the Old Montana Prison Museum in Deer Lodge where it produced back to back successful shows with themes being “Killer Clowns” and “A Cannibalistic Tribe in South America.” All shows and plots have been original to the Cutler brothers. In 2016 the Cutler Bros. “Creepshow” found its way back to the Cutler Brother’s Theatre and the theme was “The Purge.”
Once again the brother’s horror show will be produced inside the walls of their theatre at 301 Main in Deer Lodge. “There’s a lot more space in here than people think and only a portion of the show takes place on the stage,” said Creepshow’s co-producer Kelly Cutler. His brother Matthew and co-writer agreed, “We take audiences all over this facility including the bathrooms and into our big creepy basement. They really become disoriented.”
The Cutler Bros. “Creepshow” is much more than just a haunted house. The show is interactive with actors, plot lines, setting, special effects, and some audience participation. “The audience is literally in the story,” concluded Kelly Cutler. For more information on “Creepshow” call (406) 846-4096 or visit cutlerbros.com.
Cutler Brothers Productions in Deer Lodge will have a busy October as the entertainment company plans to produce a month of staged horror. Early October will bring the gothic and ghost story genre in “The Turn of the Screw,” based off of an 1898 novella written by Henry James. The last two weeks of the month will be the 6th annual Cutler Brother’s Creepshow which is a staged haunted house with a storyline and actors.
Kicking off the month of fright is the classic “The Turn of the Screw.” The story is about a governess who is hired to watch a young boy (Miles) and a young girl (Flora) after the deaths of their parents. Miles returns from boarding school after being expelled and the governess fears there is some horrible reason for the expulsion. Soon after the governess begins seeing the figures of a man and a woman around the country house and learns from the housekeeper that the “ghosts” are Miss Jessel and Peter Quint, the governess’ predecessor that spent much time with the children. The children eventually become possessed by the supernatural figures.
“The Turn of the Screw” is a suspenseful stage show to take place October 6th to October 15th. It runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. The cast includes Annmarie Downey as the governess, last seen in 2016’s “Damn Yankees,” as well as Karen Phillips (the housekeeper), Kyler Noel (Peter Quint), Mariann Cameron (Miss Jessel), Jim Tilley (the uncle), Louis Savalla (Miles), and Izzy Hunter (Flora). All actors are familiar faces to the Cutler Bros. stage.
Later in October comes the Cutler Creepshow which takes on the theme of “Stephen King” this year. The Creepshow generally begins with a horrific short film followed by a short stage performance followed by audience participation and movement through a “haunted house” structure. Planning is still underway on this year’s Creepshow but Stephen King themes will likely include “Misery,” “The Shining,” and “IT.” Creepshow writer and director Kelly Cutler said, “Stephen King is a great theme and we’re sure our haunted house will leave people with chills for maybe days.” Creepshow will run Fridays and Saturdays beginning at 7:00 pm until close from October 20th to October 28th. A special Halloween performance will also take place.
Tickets for either Cutler Bros. performance may be reserved at (406) 846-4096 or by simply showing up at the door. “The Turn of the Screw” is $15 while the Cutler Creepshow will be $10. All shows will take place at the Cutler Theatre in Deer Lodge at 301 Main Street. For questions, reservations, or more info call the number listed or visit cutlerbros.com.
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