About Terror By Gaslight

The story takes place in 1800s Philadelphia, where Dr. Cyrus Norton is creating an “anatomical museum” to further his standing as a recognized expert on anatomy and dissection. The problem is that he needs cadavers, and by law these can only be obtained from the public gallows, so he is forced to deal with grave robbers and body-snatchers who have little concern about where the corpses might come from. All too soon suspicion is brought on Dr. Norton and his household: his devoted daughter, his spinster sister; and his eager assistant. Chills mount as one eerie scene follows another, and the persistent police detective assigned to the case moves ever closer to learning the truth about the increasingly vicious deeds which have been engendered by the doctor’s obsession.


Waynesville High School Drama Club and Thespian Troupe #1669                                        
 “Act well your part, there all honor lies.”   -Thespian Motto

Waynesville High School is home to one of the most comprehensive high school theatre programs in the state of Missouri. The WHS Theatre Department offers a Basic Survey and History of Theatre Course (Theatre I), a Basic Acting Course (Theatre II), a Theatre Technology Course (Theatre III), Ensemble Acting and Directing Course (Theatre IV), and a Pre-professional and College Readiness Course (Intensified Theatre). These courses combined with the production of quality high school plays and musicals that provide dramatic, technical, and management experiences for our students, produce a rewarding experience in the theatre arts. Our goal is to produce plays that are as professional as the age and appearance of the cast will permit. Students, who qualify, can join the International Thespian Society, an honor society for high school theatre students and a division of the Educational Theatre Association. Those students can participate in the Missouri State Thespian Conference. The department produces two full-length plays or musicals a year. Students have the opportunity to direct a one act play through the Theatre IV course and participate in the MSHSAA District Speech Tournament in the one act play competition.