University Theatre Students Stage Halloween Haunted House Fundraiser

Halloween Haunted HouseMembers of WCU’s University Theatre group, an organization dedicated to providing students with a positive, unsuppressed forum for artistic expression, are once again polishing off their theatre design skills to cook-up a harrowing Halloween adventure.

Now in its fifth year, University Theatre takes over the first floor of the E.O. Bull Center, at 2 Rosedale Ave., on Saturday, October 26, from 7 – 10:30 p.m. to frighten, frazzle and spook campus and community members. They’re doing it as a fundraiser for the student-run group and the admission is “pay-what-you-want.”

Bucks County native, Christopher Yingling, is an Early Grades Education major and Theatre minor. He is one of three Chairs of the Haunted House fundraiser.

Yingling says, “About 30 of us work the night before and the next morning to transform the E.O. Bull Center into a Haunted House. We use the Theatre and Dance Department’s sound and lighting equipment, and hang black drapes throughout the first floor to lead people through the halls in a maze-like fashion.”

This year’s theme is Cinema Classics. 14 rooms will be decorated in classic horror film themes like Saw and The Conjuring, but with a twist.

He adds, “We think the quality of this Haunted House is as good as anything you’ll find in this area. And while others are charging upwards of $30, our pay-what-you-want price can’t be beat.”

All proceeds benefit the University Theatre group.

Yingling says, “It’s also Homecoming weekend, so we hope students will go to the game and dinner, and then come over to E.O. Bull to check out the Haunted House before continuing their plans that evening. The whole experience lasts about 10 minutes, and because it’s on the darker side, we recommend it for ages 12 and up."

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