I’ve got Zombies on my mind

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Seriously, all day, every day.

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Let me explain. My son attends an amazing school here in Spokane. It’s an alternative middle school, grades 5-8, that focuses on experiential learning. It’s a small school, and my son is accepted there despite his Aspergers and Tourettes syndrome. I absolutely love this school.

For a couple of years, I have been helping with the school’s Haunted House, which is a major fundraiser. Last year and this year, I stepped into a leading role as the Creative Director. Oh boy. It’s a dream job, and I’m perfectly suited to it. I get to research and plan and create. If you know me or have followed my blog for long, you’ll know I have a very eclectic background. I’ve been an artist, a performer, a facepainter, a costumer, and worked in advertising.

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I’ll tell you that this isn’t your average middle school haunted house that’s an afterthought attached to a school carnival. It’s extrememly scary, and we transform the entire two stories of our 100 year old building. Over 60 kids and adults perform in the haunt each night, and dozens more work in set-up, costuming, make-up and ticket sales. Last year the school raised $5,000. We’re hoping to break that record this year!

Beginning in the first week of September, we start by creating a theme and begin building the story of the haunt. I created a video to promote the haunt (below). Watch for my daughter, who was patient enough to work with Mom and pose as a middle school kid, even though she’s actually in high school.

I’m teaching a 6-week elective class every morning at the school, “Scare School.” About 20 kids are learning the science behind a scare, professionalism, safety and acting and voice training. We also work on props, sets, costume and make-up.

For those who couldn’t join the daytime Scare School, we held two after-school events this week, for about 65 kids. The actors in a haunt are the most important part, and they can make it wildly successful, or a total bust. So we put lots of effort into preparing our haunt performers.

If you live in the Spokane area and want to attend or volunteer, you can check out our Haunted House website HERE. If you’d like to purchase tickets in advance (just $5!) and save a few bucks from the door price, contact me.

Now you know about my dark secret. Forgive me for having…….

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10 comments:

Amy said...

Your face painting is so creepy cool! I will have to share this with my daughter, she's had "zombie brain" lately too! She already painted a pumpkin as a green zombie this year & wants to dress in zombie costume also.

Dawn said...

How fantastic, Tresa! You must be in creative heaven (or hell) in this case. LOL I hope all of the hard work and dedication help you to achieve your goal of surpassing the $5,000 mark this year.

Dawn said...

You ROCK!! Enjoy, zombie woman!! :)

Elle The Heiress said...

This is so awesome! I wish I lived close to you so that I could go!

Nancy Ball said...

Hmmmmm.....now that is a really different picture of what I come to your blog to see! I LOVED it and your creativeness is just CRAZY...or is that ZOMBIE CRAZY! I did wonder a wee bit where the glitter was hiding, though.....!

Haley D. said...

You are fabulously creative, and I love that you are using your talents to help your son's school. If you don't get Mom of the Year, then you'll certainly earn Zombie Queen of Halloween!

shannonmvt said...

oh my goodness that is just amazing and so sounds like it's right up your alley!!! You are a talented lady and such an amazing mom!

Juel said...

The link doesn't seem to be working, just takes me to a place to make my own website.

Sharon Chapman said...

You are blessing that school back with your service. I'm a long time educator and I'm so happy you found a great school for your son. Also glad you are having a blast helping the kids. They will remember this for the rest of their lives! SWEET! Love the pictures;)

Karen said...

Lots of time, creativity and talent must go into making this happen, I can't imagine all the hours! What a great way to give back,nothing like using your talents for good! I hope you double last years donations for the school! Anyplace that works for your child and helps them flourish and be themselves is worth the time. Looking forward to hearing how you all made out. Great video promo too!

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