WOWT: Staging “The Shining” For Benson Theatre’s Future
The Stephen King classic “The Shining” comes to life in downtown Omaha in an attempt to bring the Benson Theatre back to life. King gave his approval to the project, opening the door to the very first stage adaptation of the story. Jason Levering co-wrote the script and describes King’s blessing as basically “a 10,000 dollar gift.”
“The story kind of lent itself to being a play because it is all set in one location,” Levering tells us. His own son, Chris, who plays young Danny Torrance, says some of the scenes in the show scare him.
Christina Rohling fills the role of Danny’s mother, Wendy. The roll is a bit out of character for Rohling who admits, “I haven’t seen the film. I haven’t read the book. I don’t do horror. It terrifies me.”
Marc Erickson takes on the lead as Jack Torrance, and it wasn’t too much of a stretch to bring the character to life. “I started to really see a lot of similarities between the character of jack torrance and myself,” Jack tells WOWT 6 News.
The show opens Friday, March 21st at 7 p.m at Sokol Auditorium at 2234 South 13th Street. It continues Saturday with two shows, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are available at bensontheatre.org or theshiningomaha.com.
Profits will be used to help the group reach their goal of buying and renovating the Benson Theatre.