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Ashland high actors break a leg as vamps
Vampires and witches have been lurking in the shadows of Prentice Park in Ashland. WRNC’s Celeste Lourigan reports.
That may sound like a work of fiction, but that’s exactly what drama students at Ashland High School hoped to bring alive.
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Close to 20 Ashland High School students are huddling in the dark. They’re wearing old-fashioned wedding dresses, cloaks and gowns. Flashlights in hand, they cast shadows over their white faces or glow-in-the-dark paint. The group of young actors is preparing to perform scenes from spooky classics like Dracula and Macbeth.
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Director Joanne Dormady says the scenes were set up to make each more terrifying than the one before.
"The person who's leading you to the next one - one is like right behind you and then says something really loud so everyone in the crowd like jumps and turns around. This was all planned out that way. Just to make sure the audience stays on their toes you know."
Ashland High School student Anna Terry is playing Henry Baskerville. Terry says it’s their job to make the fear real for those on the tour. But, she says they had a little help.
"With the whole setting in the woods it adds just a completely new layer of fear. And with the makeup and everything. And it's like we all have this eerie feel to us. We all give off this eerie aura that just makes everything a little bit more unsettling."
Michelle McKittrick is a mother of one of the students in the Terror Tour. McKittrick says it’s fun to feel afraid.
"Everyone has it in them that for just for a little while you just get that excitement and it’s a creepy fun."
Dormady says they’re already planning next year’s tour around stories by Edgar Allen Poe. As for which ones, perhaps some other Tell-Tale Heart will say.
(Celeste Lourigan is a newss inten with Northland College station WRNC in Ashland)
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