For the third year running, a group of local artists and makers are creating a Haunted House with a twist at the Warwick Valley Community Center (WVCC), located at 11 Hamilton Ave. in Warwick. In addition to the Haunted House, they will sponsor a Monster Mash Party, suitable for all ages, on Fri., Oct. 19 and Sat., Oct. 20 from 6 to 10 p.m. and on Sun., Oct. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person or $30 for a group of four and all proceeds will benefit the WVCC.
In the summer of 2016, Wickham Works and a group of artists, musicians and local promoters, now called Interactive Noise Collective, began collaborating on an on-going series of concerts at the Community Center, The Doc Fry Sessions. The Sessions provide a venue for the next generation of musicians to take to the stage and a safe space where teens and young adults can listen to local bands with no alcohol or drugs. An added draw for the audience is the chance to get their hands dirty making buttons and screen printing show posters and T-shirts.
Word got out and more makers joined the group. A plan was hatched to throw a Haunted House fundraiser for the WVCC and with the help of teen volunteer performers, the building morphed into a nightmare prom based on Steven King’s Carrie. Last year the center was haunted by a Mexican ghost story and this year’s show leads visitors through the labyrinth of an abandoned, top-secret government bunker, Area 990.
Nicknamed ShockFry, the fundraiser did such a good job scaring youngsters that this year the group is adding a special Monster Mash party in the main hall, providing all the fun of Halloween, and not so much of the boo, for the younger crowd. The Haunted House will again showcase the talents of Terry Odell and her Acting Out Theater Company, members of the Interact Club from the high school, and middle and high school students from the center’s youth groups.
Anyone who is interested in being part of the show or helping out behind the scenes can send an email to Melissa Shaw-Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the WVCC at 986-6422.