Though her name doesn’t appear in the credits, Megan Ward’s role in Penobscot Theatre’s production of “The Woman in Black” is arguably the pivotal role in the play. She plays the title character — a wordless but incredibly creepy part, with her name intentionally left off the playbills and promo posters to add to the creepiness.
“When I get out of the show I tell people, ‘Hey, I was in the show!’ and they say ‘No you weren’t!’” said Ward, a 16-year-old junior at Bangor High School and already a veteran of area youth theater. “It’s me, though.”
Ward is the third person onstage in the ghost play, which stars two other actors, Mark Chambers and Bradley LaBree, and which is in its final weekend at the Bangor Opera House, with shows at 7 p.m. Oct. 31, 8 p.m. Nov. 1 and 2, and 3 p.m. Nov. 3.
As the play progresses, the true nature of Ward’s character is revealed — when she was alive, she was a young woman who died of heart failure (a broken heart) after her young child died. The woman, whose real name is Jeannette Humphrey, haunts a tiny seaside village in England, and the other characters in the performance, played by Chambers and LaBree.
Though Ward says she’s no huge fan of scary stuff, she’s enjoyed seeing what goes on backstage in PTC’s tech-heavy production — it’s taken some of the spook factor out of it for her. She also loves wearing her costume, a vintage Victorian funeral gown, picked by costume designer Kevin Koski.
“It’s gorgeous, but it’s falling apart, because it really is old,” said Ward. “I love wearing it.”
Megan Ward is the daughter of Bangor Daily News digital product manager Martha Ward.