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Paris Community Theatre is getting dark and scary this week. Volunteers have been busy decorating their areas for this year’s theme of “The Legend of Annabelle.”
“Annabelle is our resident theater ghost,” Director Josh Maxwell said. “Tools move, things disappear, voices, noises. It’s a very creepy building, so it’s perfect for this.”
The Haunted Theatre has long been a draw for spectators during the Pumpkin Festival, which is scheduled for Saturday, when PCT will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s stage frights will also take place 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Halloween night.
“We’ve always loved the Haunted Theatre,” he said. “It’s a fantastic fund raiser, one of the biggest of the year. We said, ‘We’ve got to make it bigger.’ We expanded it to three days, and with that we had to take the production bigger.”
Haunted Theatre has traditionally been comprised of four to five rooms. This year’s is expected to have closer to 20. It will also include more high-tech scares, including fog machines, holograms, strobe lights and black lights.
“Not only is it the haunted house, there’s a storytelling element to it,” Maxwell said. “They’ll sit down and hear the story of Annabelle before they ever go in.”
Admission is $3. The event’s popularity has traditionally meant long lines – sometimes up to an hour even with 15 to 20 people going in at once – but Paris Community Theatre has another option for those wanting to move faster. It’s called the “Fast Pass.” For $10, theatergoers can jump straight to the head of the line.
The Fast Pass is available at the theater and other areas downtown, including Green Boutique, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Paris Baby, Creative Candy, Lillian Kelley’s, Spanglers, Paris Optical and the Chamber of Commerce. Of the purchase price, $5 goes to PCT and $5 goes to support the Paris Downtown Association.
The PCT “Haunted Theatre” is sponsored by the Paris Downtown Association and eParisExtra.