Every Halloween, Alpha Psi Omega holds their annual haunted house event. This year, to accommodate new COVID-19 guidelines, they instead presented “Spooky Stories Night,” a series of five monologues, retelling true stories of ghosts around Sherman.
The cast and crew performed five showings, to allow for social distancing within the theater. For those not able to attend, Alpha Psi Omega offered a livestream throughout the shows. The two-week rehearsal process ended in an equally successful and spooky evening.
A view from the light board, operated by a student crew member. All lighting was designed and prepared in the two weeks leading up to the day of the show.
The story of “The Spirits of Railway Workers” based on true events, performed in a final dress rehearsal by Kiersten Esposito.
Sound crew member Amina prepares her area of the tech booth before the house opens.
Harper Jambor, director, welcomes audience members before the third show of the nght.
All technical aspects were created by the tech crew with the help of cast members over the course of two weeks. The microphone at the foot of the stage was used to enhance audio quality of the livestream of the performances.
To adhere to safety guide lines, audience members were sat six feet apart, unless they arrived with a cluster of roommates or family members. The crew also sanitized the theatre after each showing, and masks were mandatory for everyone present at all times.
Allie Straeck delivers a striking performance in the last show of the night as the spirit of a woman killed in Sherman by her own husband.
The cast and crew pose together on the night of the event. From left to right: Pan Bridgwater, Harper Jambor, Kailer Jones, Kierston Esposito, Amina Sam, Allie Straeck, Charlotte Evelyn, Sonia Charales, Chandler Lee, Sawyer Ahmad