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Estacada High School drama students will host haunted, carnival-themed fundraiser later this week

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Drama club members Michael Swenson, Jacyln Husband, Michael Swenson, moderator Jordan Collins, Chris Arroyo and Kae Nestor will soon present their annual Haunted Auditorium event.

If you're in the Estacada Auditorium later this week, keep an eye out for the clowns.

Just in time for Halloween, members of the Estacada High School Drama Club will present their annual Haunted Auditorium event — the theme of which is "Haunted Carnival." The spooky fun is a fundraiser for the school's drama department and is scheduled for 6-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27, at the auditorium at 500 N.E. Main St. Admission is $5 per person.

The interactive experience, written and directed by students in the drama club, takes attendees on a tour of the auditorium, but their guide is captured by clowns and a crazed carnival ringleader and his

associates take over the show.

"We wanted a twist on the original concept," said Michael Swenson, the drama club's historian.

The previous incarnation of the Haunted Auditorium, a tradition that began last fall, introduced participants to the ghosts that occupied the structure.

"It starts out like (last year's show did), and then it devolves," explained secretary Eric Sohnrey.

Those involved appreciate many aspects of the event.

Drama Club President Jacyln Husband said her favorite part is when the moment the tour guide is captured.

"It's going to be intense," she added.

Kae Nestor, the group's treasurer, enjoys the twist on last year's idea.

"I like that it's different from last year, and

we've changed it up," she said.

Swenson agreed.

"It's good having actual characters rather than random scarers," he said.

Drama club moderator Jordan Collins appreciates that members of the group are able raise funds in a one-of-a-kind fashion.

"With this particular group, when they're they can use their skills and talents in unique ways. It's a unique situation in that way," she said.

Students in the drama club look forward to sharing what they've created.

"I hope we can scare people," Sohnrey said.

"If you're afraid of clowns, please come," Nestor added.

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