Shannon Pedder plays Jan and Holly Zonneveld is her sister-in-law Laura in Surrey Little Theatre's production of the comedy thriller I'll Be Back Before Midnight. Below are Joe Tenta as farmer George and Harry Pering as Jan's husband Greg. The show runs from Jan. 29-Feb. 21.

Surrey Little Theatre thriller haunted with laughs

I'll Be Back Before Midnight opened this week and runs until Feb. 21.

With Jan having just gotten out of hospital, she and husband Greg are hoping some time in the country will give them a relaxing, fresh start.

They rent a cabin from a farmer named George. He’s friendly, albeit a bit odd, and in addition to making them feel welcome, also likes to share with the couple ghastly tales of ghosts and murder.

It’s probably the last thing fragile and jumpy Jan needs. That, and a visit from Greg’s manipulative sister, with whom she does not get along. And then there’s the strange things that begin happening in the spooky farmhouse.

The combination makes for a terrifying – and often ridiculous – whodunit that Surrey Little Theatre is bringing to stage in its current production of I’ll Be Back Before Midnight.

The four-person comic thriller, written by Peter Colley and directed by Lower Mainland theatre veteran Rita Price, comes to the local stage Jan. 29 and continues until Feb. 21.

Surrey’s Harry Pering takes centre stage as Greg, with Shannon Pedder at his side as wife Jan. Langley’s Joe Tenta is farmer George and Holly Zonneveld rounds out the cast as Laura.

The show runs Thursdays to Saturdays at 8 p.m., with matinées Feb. 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. Half-price evenings are scheduled Jan. 29 and 30.

The theatre is located at 7027 184 St. in Cloverdale. Tickets are available at at www.brownpapertickets.com, or reserve at reservations@surreylittletheatre.com or by calling 604‐576-8451.

Warning: the play may not be suitable for children.

Auditions for spring show

Surrey Little Theatre is also holding auditions beginning this weekend for its spring production. Six roles for two women and four men ranging in age from 20 to 80 are sought for the production Truth and Reconciliation, by Etan Frankel.

The play, which will run in April and May, will be directed by Alaina Holland and will be the theatre company’s entry into the Fraser Valley Zone festival.

Auditions will be Feb. 1, 2 p.m. and Feb. 2, 7 p.m. at the theatre. For more information, visit www.surreylittletheatre.com or email mail4alaina@yahoo.ca

There may also be volunteer backstage opportunities for those interested.