Shelter Skelter gets ghoulish forÂ Halloween
October 8th, 2010
The indie Omaha theater Shelter Belt is getting ghoulish for Halloween with its annual Shelter Skelter production. Now in its 15th year, Shelter Skelter will present eight short plays this year, submitted by playwrights around the country. Craig Bond is the Executive Producer at Shelter Belt. He said the lineup includes a mix of campy Halloween spoofs and suspenseful thrillers â€“ not always the easiest to set on the stage.
â€œItâ€™s really easy to write a romantic comedy, compared to a suspense piece that requires the audience to be drawn into it,â€ he said. â€œItâ€™s a lot trickier to stage it in a convincing way and you donâ€™t have the benefit of special effects like youâ€™d have in a movie.â€
But there are benefits to setting a thriller on the stage, Bond said. The audience is more of an active participant.
â€œFor instance, when you do a blood effect on the stage, itâ€™s a lot more visceral, a lot more immediate to the audience than say if you were seeing a blood effect on the screen.â€ With a laugh, Bond said â€œWe get a lot bigger response from people when they see something like that because they might not expect it or itâ€™s just more shocking.â€
Shelter Beltâ€™s mission is to produce new and original works. Bond said the theater works with local authors whenever possible, but theyâ€™ve also received submissions from as far away as Russia and Australia. â€œYou never know where the next great playâ€™s going to come from,â€ he said. Shelter Skelter opened Oct. 7 and continues with weekend performances through Halloween night.
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