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The Bay’s best scare this Halloween

TOI StageFright FB

If you’re scratching around for something to do this Halloween, look no further than Toitoi’s newest show – Stage Fright.

This R16 tour behind the curtain at the Opera House is not for the faint-hearted. It brings together Hawke's Bay’s best scare providers under the guidance of the Mother of all Agents of Chaos, Ali Beal, for a terribly disturbing and scream-filled tour.

Ali and her team have previously worked on Napier Prison’s Horror Tours and CornEvil, so you know you’re in for a frightening night. She says it’s an honour to bring Stage Fright to life inside Hawke’s Bay’s “most beautiful theatre”.

“Stage Fright is a huge challenge for our actors to create their characters in a fantastic venue and find the sneaky and creepy places to act in.”

She says bringing a show of this style and craft into a mainstream theatre elevates the genre and allows the Opera House to be viewed in a very special way. 

“If you've ever wondered what a scare show is like, or wanted to see another side of Toitoi and the Opera House, this tour is for you.  Remember, scary can also be funny, so Stage Fright is a great team-bonding adventure and a unique event that is only happening on Halloween.”

Ali says Stage Fright is for those who enjoy the macabre, horror or creepy things and have a sense of adventure. The show is R16, but doesn’t rely on violence for its fright factor, instead using suspense and sensory scares, with just a touch of blood and guts.

“By coming to Stage Fright, you'll be supporting local talent, so we encourage everyone to grab their freakiest buddies and come along,” Ali says.

“In the words of Monsters Inc, ‘we scare because we care’.”

Stage Fright is on Halloween, October 31, at Toitoi.

Tours are limited to 10 people, run for about 40 minutes, and leave every 10 mins from 7pm till 9.50pm.

Tickets are $25 plus service fees. No door sales, no torches, sensible shoes recommended.

29 September 2020

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