This year you might not get to hand out a lot of candy to the trick-or-treaters, but you can do things to help get you into the Halloween spirit by really getting to know a lot of local spirits.
Prescott Center for the Arts (PCA) is excited to bring you Ghost Talk the Experience, with a twist. The 13th annual event will provide patrons a virtual night of terror on October 30. This ghostly encounter is an annual fundraiser for local youth art programming and scholarships at PCA. The Prescott tradition of “where haunting legends come alive” has changed over the years, and Ghost Talk 2020 is no exception.
This year Ghost Talk the Experience is more than a theatrical stage of ghosts or a walking tour around our historic grounds. As a patron you will have the opportunity to watch bone-chilling tales of the dead right at home. Your TV will be a scream machine. The adventure will start with contests throughout October (decorating, makeup, costumes) and end in a compilation of frightening stories from around Yavapai County and beyond. The accounts vary from the fictional writing of a budding creative playwright to a factual interpretation based on authentic events and people from historians. You get to decide what is based on the truth and what is a creepy trick! There will be spooky surprises, interactive encounters and a new understanding of the fables that inspire the horror, science-fiction and thriller genres we have today. You have to find out about Jim Parker, one of the most notorious criminals in Yavapai County, or about the Infamous Siren of the Dells.
Why the change?
PCA needed to change this year due to construction in the Mainstage Theatre. The historic stage is being transformed into a cabaret, allowing for tables and appropriate social distancing for productions. Beer and wine will be served, along with featured food offerings from local restaurants. This will be a completely unique experience for engaging the Quad-Cities area in the performing arts.
Ghost Talk the Experience will be a fun time for you, your family and friends. The best part is all stories will be produced as a short movie for you by community actors. You probably know some of them.
How do you want to celebrate Ghost Talk the Experience to make it even more experiential? Maybe a romantic date night, a friendly movie-night marathon or a full-on spooky party or dinner. It is all up to you on how you like to commune with the dead.We will have funny commercials from our sponsors. There is nothing better than some laughter to break the intensity for fright. Please note that not all stories are suitable for children under twelve, and parental guidance is advised.
Executive Director Robyn Allen says, “Ghost Talk is a great way to engage our community and raise money for our need-based and merit-based scholarships, as well as funding for our classes, competitions and shows. The arts provide more than self-confidence to a child, boosting both academic and social skills. All children, with or without the financial means, deserve the opportunity to experience the arts. Your support helps make it happen.”
You can register for a small fee to view the show exclusively on premiere night, October 30, at 7pm. If you already have a party to attend, not to worry, you'll have access to the recording for two weeks after. For more information contact the PCA box office at (928) 445-3286 or visit pca-az.net.
Tina Boden-Blake is Development Director of Prescott Center for the Arts.