On the south shore of Lake Minnewaska, along the Billeheus
edition off County Road 18, lies a murky swamp bordering the Breen
property. In the 1970s, Charlotte "Shorty" Lysedale lived next to it in
an aqua trailer home.
In 1985, Shorty disappeared.
1988, Shorty became the first woman in Minnesota for whom a murder trial
was held without a body.
Now, five Minnewaska teenagers out for a
joyride will come face to face with an apparition from the past... and a
vision for the future.
A video theater production
sponsored by the Lake Region Arts Council
with McKnight Foundation funding.
Written and directed by
MEET THE CAST
TOP, left to right: Hannah Hustad
(FINNEGAN), E. V. (PATIENCE), Emma Hustad (TENA), and Tammy
Lynn Olson (MOIRA)
MIDDLE STEP: Laura Tvrdik (JULIE)
Lindsey Slotten (MARY)
STANDING: Rebecca Chapman (MAGGIE)
PICTURED: Judi Morton (PASTOR BARB)
The cast gets
Emma, Laura, Lindsey
and Tammy pose in the configuration of the opening car sequences.
cast rehearses Pastor Barb's scene, which oughta be dedicated to Sheila
Brachfield-Childs (sp?), the author's Develomental Psych prof from
The cast put together a feast
for Madame Director's birthday. Not to name drop or anything, but that's
Nettie "Lena" Hustad in the hat.
Shorty's Ghost was shot Wednesday evening, May 24, 2000 at the
Paulson Downstage Theatre at Central Square, Glenwood, MN. The video
explores the possibility that community access television may be a valid
venue for local original theater; thus the play was shot in sequence with
one take for each scene and no editing. The credits were shot hand-held as
if the viewer were perusing head shots in a lobby.
The play opens with four teenagers drag-racing down a country road on the
south side of Lake Minnewaska.
Two kid sisters who stowed away in the back seat soon regret tagging along
after one car breaks down in the spooky deserted countryside.
Was it a ghost? Maggie has a possible explanation for what the stranded
kids thought they saw rise out of a swamp... The property's former owner,
Charlotte Lysedale, disappeared in 1985 under suspicious circumstances and
has never been heard from again.
"Mary" and "Julie" provide the off-camera voices of "Olivia" and
"Haley" as well as the sound effects that scare away the swamp
stalkers. "Is that you, Aunt Heidi?" "We thought you were trying to
spy on us while we were skinny-dipping!"
So where do kids in rural Minnesota turn for expertise on all things
supernatural? A pastor, of course. This one wears fishing togs under her
robe and offers fairly compelling evidence of an on-going war between good
and evil battling for supremacy of the universe.
The cast of Shorty's Ghost after completing taping.
I'm Rebecca webb and I can be reached via e-mail