RTC is ultimate haunt [UPDATED]Published 11:04am Friday, September 21, 2012 Updated 8:24am Monday, September 24, 2012
Have you ever thought the RTC looked spooky at night?
You haven’t seen anything yet.
The Edge Dance and Performing Arts Studio is holding its annual haunted tour at Fergus Falls’ Regional Treatment Center this year, promising big scares and a larger-than-normal area to be scared in. The studio is holding an audition Sunday, Sept. 30 for people interested in helping out.
The Edge owner Lyndsey Knutson said the building is perfect for the haunted tour.
“We don’t even have any of our stuff in there yet, and it’s already spooky walking around with your flashlight,” Knutson said.
The Edge began looking for a new haunt location after the old location, a rental building on North Tower Road, got a new tenant. Knutson began asking around, trying to find a new spooky site.
“We didn’t really think it would even be possible to rent the RTC,” she said.
However, someone suggested the building to The Edge, so Knutson called the city just to see if the option was available. City staff was open to it, and The Edge closed the deal for nine days in October.
“It’s perfect,” said Knutson.
The building allows so much space that The Edge is splitting the haunting into two different paths. Residents looking for thrills can choose either path when they arrive at the RTC’s tower building, and a tour guide will lead them through the expansive haunted area.
“We’re trying to make both as scary as possible,” said Knutson, adding that she is drawing on the RTC for some inspiration as well. “We are using some medical kinds of themes, but we also have some other ideas.”
The haunt will have three different “scare levels,” with three being the scariest. Though there is no age limit for who can come, Knutson said it might be too much for children under 10 and encouraged parents with young kids to come on a Saturday afternoon, when the outside light makes the haunted tour less intense.
The auditions for cast members are primarily determining availability for how many days people can be at the haunt. Three days in a row is the preferred minimum, and Knutson said the meatier roles will be awarded based on availability and a few other factors, like who can say a creepy line of dialogue or emit a bloodcurdling scream.
The auditions will be held at the RTC tower building from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
The haunted tour itself will be open nights (and some afternoons) on Oct. 18 through 21, 25 through 28 and the 31st. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. For more information about the audition or ticketing, call The Edge at 205-4124.