A disease outbreak has occurred in Gahanna and all the hospitals are full -- that's the premise of a psychological thriller Gahanna Lincoln High School thespians will produce for a haunted house.

The scare takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at the school

"The theme is a hospital turned mental asylum for a disease outbreak that happened in Gahanna," said Sabrina Brush, a senior who will play the role of a doctor.

Attendees will start a journey of about 30 minutes in the theater lobby, go through the "little theater" and then to the main auditorium.

"A big theme is (the hospital patients are) normal, they're just like you -- but don't touch them because they're contagious," Brush said. "Throughout the tour, you'll visit different patients and doctors as problems will arise.

"There will be a little jump scare, but overall, we're going for the thoroughly creeped-out vibe."

Senior Cole Frasher said he also will play a doctor at the haunt.

"I pull patients in rooms and act like I'm going a little mad," he said.

Admission to the haunted house will be $5 per person.

"It will be really good," Brush said.

The haunt is the first of several fundraisers theater students are putting on for their visit to Scotland next year.

Cindi Macioce, drama director, said the high school's theater program is one of 50 from schools across the nation and one of only two schools from Ohio that will be represented as part of the American High School Theatre Festival at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland, in August 2018.

Every year thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste, according to the festival website.

In 2016, the festival featured 50,266 performances of 3,269 shows in 294 venues.

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