The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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March 20, 2014

Palestine Community Theatre to present 'Ghost of a Chance'


Coinciding with the last two weekends of the annual Dogwood Trails Celebration, the Palestine Community Theater will be presenting its spring comedy/love story, “Ghost of a Chance” at the Texas Theater in downtown Palestine.

With character twists and ponderous ideas about life and death, “Ghost of a Chance” is the story of a recently engaged couple Bethany (played by Olivia Santone) and Floyd (played by Glenn Barnhart) who are accompanied by Floyd's mother Vera (played by Carol Moore) to a small hunting cabin in the middle of nowhere.

The cabin was the retreat of Bethany’s deceased husband, Chance (played by Gerry Goodwin), and she has returned for the first time since his death three years ago to finalize its sale to a new owner.

The catch is that Chance hasn’t left the premises, and as things move along it becomes apparent he has no intention of giving up either the cabin or his former wife. Crystal (played by Dr. Jan Sikes), a free-spirited psychic with problems of her own, is brought in to mediate between the living and the dead.

When Adam (played by John Lamb), the mysterious new owner of the cabin, arrives, Chance recognizes him and skeletons come tumbling out of the closet.

“Ghost of a Chance” is a touching, funny story of love and redemption, and will deliver giggles, guffaws and wispy tears all in the same evening at the Texas Theatre,” a PCT press release stated. “It is a sturdy reflection of life in general — mostly confusing and sometimes heartbreaking.

“But finding the humor in life’s trials and tribulations keeps you sane, and best of all, love and redemption are always there for the taking.”

"Ghost of a Chance" opens at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 28, with an opening night complimentary wine and cheese reception at 6:30 p.m. The show will run two weekends — March 28, 29 and 30 and April 4, 5 and 6. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinee shows start at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $8 for students (ages 4-18) and $12 for adults. Tickets can be purchased locally at the Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce, 401 W. Main St.; Dogwood Diner, 402 E. Palestine Ave.; Switch, 1615 S. Royall St.; Sears, 2024 Crockett Rd.; Education Unlimited, 1917 Crockett Rd.; and Discount Pools, 304 W. Parker St., Elkhart. Tickets also can be purchased online at

The Texas Theater is located at 213 W. Crawford St. in Palestine.

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