By Bob Fowler
Roane State staff writer
Itâ€™s an extravaganza for the Halloween season that features a cast of 130 singers, dancers, musicians, and actors, and itâ€™s growing in popularity.
Itâ€™s the annual â€œKindred Spiritsâ€ production, with performances at 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 27, in the Oâ€™Brien Theatre on Roane State Community College’s main campus at 276 Patton Lane in Harriman. Admission is $5.
â€œItâ€™s one of the highlights of our year,â€ said Professor Brenda Luggie, Roane Stateâ€™s choral director. â€œThe music students absolutely love it.â€
The hour-long, family-friendly show features Roane State music students, actors from Midway High Schoolâ€™s Drama Club, and about 100 dancers of all ages from Arts in Motion, with studios in Rockwood and Kingston.
Although the presentation has had the same basic format for eight years, there are new additions this year, including the partnership with Midwayâ€™s Drama Club, Luggie said. Also, there will be a contest where audience members can bring carved or decorated pumpkins in before the show for judging by local artists, with a prize for the winner.
Luggie also said that before each show, there will be an opportunity for the audience to be photographed with the two main characters with a Halloween-themed backdrop for a $1 per photo donation.
Those two characters are the â€œTwisted Sistersâ€â€”Gwenifred and Wenifred Twistâ€”portrayed by Cherokee Middle School Principal and local storyteller Elizabeth Rose and Midway Drama Club teacher Courtney Minton, respectively. In the presentation, the pair visit an amusement park titled â€œDeadly Worldâ€ and travel through its different areas.
The presentation features something for everyone, Luggie said. Little children will enjoy the colors, movements, and music, while adults will appreciate the humor.
Audience members are encouraged to come in costume, and the show includes three costume parades to allow different age groups to come on stage and showcase their outfits, Luggie said.
At the end of each show, cast members will line up around the theatre and out into the lobby to hand out sweet treats to children. Luggie said the kids â€œusually leave with about $5 worth of candy.â€
â€œThatâ€™s a really fun part of the event, especially for the smaller childrenâ€”to do something interactive with the cast,â€ Luggie said.
The event is becoming a popular tradition, she said, and around 350 attended each show last year.
Proceeds are divvied up between the three organizations involved. Roane Stateâ€™s share helps support the music departmentâ€™s annual trip.
Other Roane State faculty involved in the production include Geol Greenlee, director of the collegeâ€™s Jazz Band, and faculty member Chris Metcalfe, director of the Roane State Stage Band.
More information will be added as itÂ becomes available.
This press release was submitted by Owen Driskill.
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