HAMMOND – The Hammond Regional Arts Center and Southeastern’s chapter of Alpha Psi Omega have teamed up to bring the city of Hammond, two days of activities. The Hammond Horror Festival is in its second year and has several events planned for October 19 & 20.
On Friday, Oct. 19 from 7pm-11pm, there will be a Macabre Masquerade Ball at the Hammond Regional Arts Center, located in Downtown Hammond at 217 East Thomas St. “It’s gonna be really cool, a full masquerade ball in the Arts Center, you have to have a costume to get in. you have to have a mask to get in,” says co-creator, James Winter, Assistant Professor of Theater at Southeastern U.
During the masquerade ball, patrons can enjoy a belly dance performance by La La Tribal plus a zombie fashion show. “Part of the masquerade ball that night will be a zombie fashion show where fashion designers are actually creating real costumes in the spirit of Halloween, and we have models whose make-up will get done, and maybe more than just the clothing fashion, we may have make-up designers’ work on display with special effects. We’re gonna do it just like you would a real fashion show. We also have a belly dance troop that will be performing. There will also be dancing, drinks and an open cash bar,” Winter commented further.
“The big event on Saturday, Oct. 20 is seven original horror plays written, directed, rehearsed and performed all in 24 hours. Last year we did the seven deadly sins.This year, the writers are going to be given a fairy tale that they will need to twist into a ten minute horror version. And that’s going to be performed at Vonnie Borden Theater in D-Vickers,” said Winter.
The short horror plays this year are entitled “Seven Twisted Tales” and will be performed in Vonnie Borden Theatre with horror-themed art exhibits and live music. The show will begin at 8pm.
Delonna Duplantis explained the 24 hour set-up. “The writers don’t know what they’re going to write until the night before, so they only have a few hours to write the entire play” she said, “And we usually have actors and actresses ahead of time, and we disperse the roles to the different actors for the different plays. Once they get the roles, they go into separate rooms and rehearse all day. And my job is to set the stage, set the lights, get props ready and get everything set up within the 24 hour period.”
On Oct. 20, 8 pm, “Seven Twisted Tales,” will be presented in the Vonnie Borden Theatre located in D-Vickers on Southeastern’s campus, directly across from Sims Library. These seven twisted tales are based on familiar fairy tales and are all written, directed, rehearsed and performed within a 24 hour period.
Both nights promise to be fun-filled and entertaining. For more info. contact James Winter at 985-549-3546 or James.Winter@selu.edu. or facebook.com/hammondhorrorfestival