CPHS Theatre Presents: The 2018 Haunted House


Justin Ballou

“This campfire is in a place between a lot of scares,” technical director Chris Turner said. “You can stop and collect your thoughts and feel the mood of the camp before you continue on with more scares.”

Justin Ballou, Reporter

The theatre department has made a tradition of presenting a public haunted house each October. It is one of the biggest fundraisers for the department and will run Oct. 26 and 27 in the cafeteria.

This year’s haunt is set in a haunted Victorian setting, as guests will walk through the house and meet the spirits and monsters that await inside. No spoilers, but it will not be a typical haunted house; there are actors and actresses in it that will interact with guests and put on performances throughout the night. Senior actress Amelia Vidrine will be playing a servant in the haunted house and said that she can’t wait to spend more time with the people she loves doing what she loves most.

“People should come out because it’s not only a great way to support a school organization,” Vidrine said. “But it’s also a really fun thing to do on a weekend night that will get you in a perfect spooky season mood.”

This year will be a challenge for the theatre department, as two new directors have come in. Senior Assistant Tech Director, Katana Riley, said that there is a learning curve in trying to figure out what is the best way to communicate with each other.

“We have to work together to come up with ideas, make designs, and use those designs for the haunted house,” Riley said. “It’s nice to see everyone’s ideas come to life.”

The department has put in countless hours of work in preparation since the beginning of September; the students have cast, directed and built the entire haunted house on their own.

“[The haunted house] is completely student led and student run and all proceeds go to the theatre department,” junior Stage Manager Abigail Adams said. “It was a lot of hard work and we’d love to see a great turn out.”

The Haunted House runs from Oct. 26 – Oct. 27 from 7-11 p.m in the CPHS Cafeteria. Tickets cost $15 at the door.