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The Kindersley Players are raising their Shocktober haunted house from the grave, and the group is having a meeting next week to recruit actors and helpers.
Judy Lavoie, a spokesperson for the Kindersley Players, said the group is in need of volunteers to act in Shocktober and to help out in various ways. For example, the group would need people to work at the door on as many as four nights near the end of October.
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The local theatre group is having a meeting on Sept. 6 at the Kindersley Mall at 6:30 p.m. Lavoie, the group’s director, said members are planning to do a haunted house this Halloween and aspects of the event will depend on the number of volunteers. She said the group needs about 25 people to help.
She noted that she has a list of the various roles and duties for the volunteers, so people could attend the meeting to learn more about how they could help. The group needs people to act in the haunted house, but there is much more.
The group will need help to build the haunted house, to work at the door and to help with other behind the scenes functions. People will be needed to help with sound effects, lighting effects and other special effects. A person does not have to act in the haunted house to be a part of the show because a person could help by pulling a rope to set off an effect among other potential functions.
Lavoie said the group will have to build walls because the haunted house is taking place in three vacant retail spaces at the Kindersley Mall. The inaugural Shocktober was held at the mall, but the two most recent haunted houses were held at the Norman Ritchie Community Centre.
The group used the basement at the community centre, but it is now occupied by office space, the spokesperson said. She noted that mall management has agreed to let the group hold its haunted house in the vacant retail space.
“We’re looking for helpers to decorate and act in it,” she said of the event, recognizing that it would be great to get up to 25 volunteers to help out and it would be awesome to have more than 25 volunteers to spread out the workload.
Actors often help to decorate and set up, Lavoie said. She noted that the Kindersley Players wanted to do the haunted house in 2017, but they did not have a space to use and the group could not round up enough volunteers. The group has not done a haunted house since 2015, so they would like to do the event this year.