Pensacola, Florida
Sunday May 27th 2018


Holy Ghosts Inside Theatre West

By Jennie McKeon

If you haven’t yet ventured to Theatre West, now might be a good time. Besides, you’ll never fully grasp what exactly Romulus Linney’s “Holy Ghosts” is about without experiencing it.

The story is set in a Southern, snake-handling congregation, where a man, Coleman Shedman arrives at a rural Pentecostal church to find his runaway wife. Despite the references to pop culture reality shows, the play is more about the characters than the setting.

“Each character bears equal importance and shares what exactly brought them to this place in their lives,” said Paxton McCaghren, director. “Truly, the handling of snakes for them is a metaphor for their lives, as each person sought desperately to overcome their own poisons or the resulting venom from the treatment of others.”

With such rich characters, McCaghren needed a cast that was up for the challenge. He got it.

“We have a wide range of skill and experience levels from degreed professionals to people who are stepping on stage for the first time,” he said. “They have pulled together in a very short amount of time to bring this beautiful, yet thought provoking piece to life.”

Linney’s intent as a playwright, as well as the cast and crew’s, is to raise awareness to the fall and redemption of all mankind McCaghren said. And that is exactly who this play is for—all of mankind.

“The message of the play is very affirming, very human, and very to the point that none of us can ever know or judge the mind of God, nor his love for others,” McCaghren said. “The characters in this story represent most every aspect of people in society from the reformed harlot, to those with learning disabilities, lifestyle acceptance issues, battered women, addictions, and terminal diseases.”

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. February 8 and 9, 2 p.m. February 10
WHERE: 9732 Sidney Road
DETAILS: 912-4087 or