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The Bottom of the Lake

Production Tips for
The Bottom of the Lake

by Steven Stack

Summer camp. The memories. The s’mores. The campfire. The ghost stories.

Dani’s out in the middle of the woods at night, alone, without a flashlight. She meets three girls from another camp, and the new friends tell ghost stories to pass the time.

After each of their stories comes to life onstage, only one story remains to be told – a story none of them saw coming.

An awesome combination of ghost stories, urban legends, teen issues, romance, absurd comedy, and film noir, all in a single play!

Dramedy Mystery

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Tips from the Author

If we were going to give one tip for this play it’s this: don’t forget the humour. This play is a collection of ghost stories and there certainly are some scares. But the play also has a lovely sense of humour. Find that balance between scares and laughs. It’s always better to make an audience laugh before you scare them! That way they’re relaxed and they don’t see what’s coming. It makes the horror that much more effective.

And why not start your rehearsals by listening to The Bottom of the Lake author Steven Stack talk about his background and writing this play. Click here to listen to our podcast interview with Steven.

Tips from past Producers

We used a fairly minimal set but then used lighting to set the mood between the different scenes. With minimal scene changes we were able to get the run time down to just over 50 minutes - though when performing for some audiences, it took closer to an hour because we were pausing for laughter!

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