Beaverton theater company presents an online Halloween event
A Beaverton theater company is bringing spooky season straight to people's homes.
Starting Friday, Oct. 30, the Experience Theatre Project will showcase a presentation called "The Tower of Terror." The online interactive experience allows people to go on the internet and explore a world of live performance.
It will feature an interactive elevator that "transports" you to different levels of creativity, creative artists performing on each one of six "floors," a horror-filled "basement," and a "screaming room" showing classic horror films.
"Some of the things that you can find is a tarot reader," said Leia Young, one of the producers for the show. "(That's) a person telling ghost stories from New Orleans, Louisiana. We (also) have a vampire DJ playing some club music and a rock-and-roll band in the evening."
Young added that the most interactive part of the show is where people can choose their own adventure ghost movie from the comfort of their home.
On the "top floor" of the tower, people can enter a room where they will be presented with a short video, all pre-recorded by the Experience Theatre Project at the historic Settlemier House in Woodburn, that sets up a ghost story.
Your character will then decide to go inside and investigate, call 9-1-1, or simply run away.
"The audience will have to choose what they do," explained Young. "Based on that, it'll trigger the next part of the movie."
The theater company has been planning this project since the beginning of last summer.
It was difficult, at times, to attempt a virtual immersive event, but "that's what our company specializes in," said Young.
She added that it was a dream come true to make this production happen.
"This was a horrible situation of COVID not letting us do what we know how to do," Young said. "How can we be creative and make something that will be fulfilling as an artist to perform and enriching as an audience member to observe and participate in?"
The event lasts approximately three hours and is donation-based. It will feature a mix of pre-recorded and on-screen live performances.
When asked about not setting a ticket price, Young said, "To be more inclusive to the community and not put a number on what they have. We can leave it up to them on how they would like to support."
She understands that times are tough during the coronavirus pandemic and doesn't want people to stress about another thing on their list.
"The Tower of Terror" is set for Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31, starting at 6 p.m.
For more information, visit experiencetheatreproject.org.
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