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Central Crossing auditorium to become Haunted Theatre

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Talk about stage fright.

On Oct. 24, Central Crossing High School theater students will turn the school's Ed Palmer Auditorium into a Haunted Theatre.

The Haunted Theatre will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. and cost $2 to enter.

It will be the second year students have created and performed a haunted house in the auditorium, CCHS theater teacher Nathan Weaver said.

"Last year we brought people in and gave a 'haunted history' of the theater," he said. "This year, the students really wanted an "evil dead' theme."

Tour guides will bring visitors into the auditorium and as they make their way down the aisle, into adjoining alcoves and onto the stage, they will come upon characters engaged in eerie activities including a Ouija board and a seance.

"Those activities will go horribly, horribly wrong for the audience," Weaver said.

About 25 students will be part of the show, serving as actors, tour guides and operating lights and sound effects, he said.

"It's really amazing how scary we can make the auditorium," Weaver said.

The Haunted Theatre is suitable for all ages, he said.

"If we have very young children ready to come in, I'll run into the theater and tell the students to tone it down a little for the next tour," Weaver said.

Performing a haunted house scenario gives the theater students a different type of experience than they get from performing in traditional school plays and musicals, he said.

"There is a lot of improvisation going on," Weaver said. "The actors are responding to how the audience is reacting."

Students who participated in last year's Haunted Theatre said they are looking forward to this year's edition.

"It's a lot of fun to scare people," said senior Laura Harris. "The big thing is not to break character. And as the night goes on, you start to get deeper into the character."

For both years, senior Renee Beall and her mother have helped decorate the auditorium.

"It's fun to come up with ideas for decorations and it's really fun to see the reaction of people when they come in," she said. "You feed off their energy."

"You get to interact with the audience and that's the best part," senior Baylee Sheets said. "People really do get scared and different people get scared by different things. You don't know what's going to happen."

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