MARQUETTE - The not-so-cowardly lion, a deranged undertaker and, of course, an evil dentist are all ready and waiting to frighten adults of all ages tonight inside the Forest Roberts Theatre at Northern Michigan University.
The annual event runs from 8 to 11 p.m. today through Saturday.
A family-friendly tour will take place from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Northern Michigan University sophomore theater major Natalie Berger screams as she sees the shadow of the creature that just stole her two daughters. Berger plays the mother in the “As I Lay Me Down to Sleep” scene inside the Forest Roberts Theatre Haunted House. (Journal photo by Jackie Stark)
NMU freshman Molly Smith and sophomore Jasmine Walker pray before bed as their mother, Berger, watches. A final rehearsal was held Wednesday night for the haunted house, which runs tonight through Saturday. (Journal photo by Jackie Stark)
This year's co-managers - junior theater majors Abby Schneck and James Porras II - recommend people bring the younger kids to the family-friendly tour.
"Parents are welcome to bring their kids through," Porras said with a smile. "We'd be happy to scare them."
The haunted house has been organized and carried out by Northern students for the past five years.
This year, the house of horrors features several different depraved scenes. As groups of people take the guided tour, they'll be treated to hair-raising scenes complete with blood-curdling screams, blood-stained victims and the fright-inducing sight of some of their most beloved on-camera personalities turned stark, raving mad.
That includes a completely maniacal "Wizard of Oz" cast.
"The wicked witch is still very wicked," said Ben Bickler, an NMU freshman who plays the aforementioned evil dentist.
The theater will also see some old favorites return to the show, Schneck and Porras said, like the ever-popular "Trash-compacter" room.
The students have been preparing the show for the past month, building sets and practicing their scenes.
Tickets are $5 for children and NMU students, $10 for adults and $15 per family during the family-friendly tour.
A family is composed of five people at the maximum, with up to two adults.
Tickets can be bought beforehand at the box office or at the door the day of the event.
For more information on the spooky spectacular, call the theater box office at 227-2553.
Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.