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Stage Fright
Season 2, Episode 15
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Air date January 14, 2012
Written by Erik Patterson & Jessica Scott
Directed by Peter DeLuise
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"Stage Fright" is the fifteenth episode of the second season of R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series. It first aired on January 14, 2012.

Summary

It's the opening night for the high school production "Hansel and Gretel: The Musical!" and the school drama club find out that the play may be cursed when odd and unexpected circumstances continue to arise.

Plot

A high school drama club is doing a play on Hansel and Gretel. They are practicing when it comes to the witches cue. The witch is late for the third time, claiming that she was still doing yoga. The tree said this would have never happened if she was still the witch. She claimed she broke her leg because she was pushed while looking at Gretel. This is suggesting that Gretel broke her leg so she couldn't be the witch.

They are talking about strange things keep happening when one stagehand named Keri tells the cast that all over at schools there are "cursed plays" whenever Hansel and Gretel are performed. Keri tells the the actor playing Hansel that another school actor playing Hansel was kidnapped by the Witch and found beheaded/decapitated. The rest of the cast laughs and says that it's all superstition. The boy that plays Hansel says "Bring it on witch!”

After he says this he is after a light bulb burst. Rayline goes looking for the drama teacher Miss Browser, but she is not found. Next she attempts getting something from a vending machine, the unseen figure attacks her. The next night is opening night. Keri is concerned about Rayline who disappeared. Ms Browser is handing out cookies to the cast. The play starts off well. However, when the stepfather actor goes backstage for a prop, he is attacked, grabbed and dragged off by an unseen figure. At this point, everything falls apart.

The thespians improvise, badly. The stepmother actress storms off to backstage. The unseen villain grabs her and she goes through what happened with the stepfather. Whilst this is happening, Keri says to skip to the gingerbread scene (due to the trees fooling around). Keri goes to tell Gina, so she knows when to come on stage, but finds a trail of crumbs. Keri follows it to a closet and finds Jesse, Rayline, and Lanie inside all three bound and cleave gagged. Keri believes that Miss Broswer is stuffing them up with the cookies from earlier to be cooked. They try to shouting through their gags to warn her it's not Miss Browser and to get her to untie them, but she can't hear through the gags and shuts the door.

The drama teacher improvises the play and pretends to be a witch. Meanwhile, Gina is seen being attacked by the witch as well. Keri runs onto the stage and explains that "Miss Browser" tied up Lanie, Jesse, and Rayline planning on eating them. Keri gets Hansel and Gretal to throw her in the oven. After this the real witch shows up and ties up the rest of the cast and crew. Hansel and Gretel are forced to sing a song and then the witch explains she’s going to eat their parents and the lights go out. It’s unknown what happened to the rest of the cast but it’s presumed they were eaten as well after the witch ate their parents.

Cast

Trivia

  • Writer Erik Patterson said that parts of this episode were inspired by his and Jessica's teen years when they were doing drama in high school.

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