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11/11/15 at 09:56pm in Howl-O-Scream 2015 (Latest Edit: 11/11/15 at 09:56pm by Thomas.)
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I thought the actors this year were better than they've been in a while. It's also worth noting that problems in direction from the house's stage manager can result in what you may perceive as poor performance on the actor's part.

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11/11/15 at 11:31pm in Howl-O-Scream 2015 (Latest Edit: 11/11/15 at 11:35pm by Connor.)
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The actors Heart cameras. The actors were pretty solid, saying lines and stuff adding to the realism of a situation yet there were still skeletons making grunting noises in Catacombs so there is still room for improvement. I imagine based on the costume they are given limits to the role the actors can play.

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11/12/15 at 10:31am in Howl-O-Scream 2015
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The noises made by the actors in Catacombs could be better, perhaps. I always thought they weren't supposed to talk. The noise that most of them go for is a grinding noise, like dry bones being grated.

That brings up a new point. Should any characters be speechless? I don't think an entire house should be speechless. I worked in a haunt for a few years. One time, at the beginning of the night, the stage manager said in reference to me "Are zombies supposed to talk at all? At least his speech sounded garbled."

The owner responded "He can act, and he has a good voice. (To me) Either continue what you are doing, or we won't make you be a zombie if the others can't talk." That is a case-and-point of what Thomas was saying about a stage managers' ability to ruin a good thing.

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11/12/15 at 11:24am in Howl-O-Scream 2015
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Most Carowinds actors spoke with lines that fit their respective characters. It worked very, very well.
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11/12/15 at 02:40pm in Howl-O-Scream 2015
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I haven't been to that event yet. That said, spoken lines can be a hit or miss. BGT teaches improvisational tricks, including picking up on names of guests. You're right. That is one of the most effective ways to creep people out.

The worst thing that can happen with rehearsed lines, is that the actor may sound like a broken record if they don't wait for the next guests. This is particularly a problem at Universal, where they literally wait for a green light that pays no attention to guests. Even KD has trouble with this, especially in Slaughterhouse and Doll Factory.

For me, personally, theatre is everything in a haunt, just like a regular show. If any park knows theatre, it's BGW. They just need to apply their expertise to their haunts a bit more. To some degree, they already did that this year. Both Lumberhack and Scarlett's Revenge (when staffed) had people improvising a scenario at the entrance all night.

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11/13/15 at 09:25am in Howl-O-Scream 2015
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The couple in front of Lumberhack was my favorite.

"I think we should leave."
"But we already paid for the campsite."
"All of our friends have been hacked into bloody bits. I think we should leave."
"But. I. Spent. Five. Dollars!"

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05/02/16 at 08:34am in Howl-O-Scream 2015
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I enjoyed this past years event. It was an awesome event. There were pros and cons to almost everything. There always is haha. But as compared to my other experiences it was great. The game has been stepped up now its time to keep the ball rolling BGW.

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09/02/16 at 08:04pm in Howl-O-Scream 2015
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Again, just going to leave this here...

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09/02/16 at 09:24pm in Howl-O-Scream 2015 (Latest Edit: 09/02/16 at 09:25pm by Connor.)
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I wonder how I missed this last year. Tongue

Although, great pics Matthew!

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