A Ghost Story for Halloween
It was this time last year that performing arts students from Teddington, Hampton Hill and Twickenham performed in a Dramacube Halloween workshop-production at the Studio, Hampton Hill Theatre. The show included acting, sings and dance including a ‘Thriller’ inspired routine.
Here is the script they worked from;
Halloween Workshop Script – October 2017
Narrator 1: Okay, how about this? ‘Spirits in torment! Do they really come back to the scenes of their tragedies? Bound there forever, even in death?
Narrator 2: It was a fine clear autumn day.
Narrator 3: The late October sunshine had brought flocks of tourists to the beautiful North East coast of England.
Narrator 4: The pier was buzzing with people.
Narrator 5: The delicious smell of fried fish and vinegar smothered potato chips drifted tantalizingly through the air.
Narrator 6: It was October 31st but the brilliant midday sunshine gave the feel of a hot August bank holiday weekend.
Narrator 7: The Sea was clam and the waves gently rippled into the shallows.
Narrator 8: With such idyllic conditions it made no sense that the life boat siren sounded.
Narrator 9: What possible disaster at sea could have occurred?
Narrator 10: The lifeboat station doors crashed open
Narrator 11: And the magnificent Frederick William Plaxton
Narrator 12: Surged out into the sea.
Captain: Report; 3 man fishing vessel in distress.
Volunteer 1: Coordinates; 11.2572 North, 52.8432 East.
Volunteer 2: Distance; 14 nautical miles.
Volunteer 3: Personnel; Three able bodied crew.
Volunteer 4: Increase speed to 25 knots.
Volunteer 5: 25 knots.
Narrator 1: The lighthouse station at Scarborough had been founded in 1801.
Narrator 2: Volunteer crews had saved hundreds of lives over the past two centuries.
Narrator 3: There had been many, many success stories
Narrator 4: And the current crew had an exemplary record and were renowned as one of the most experienced and expert teams operating in the UK.
Narrator 5: But the towns’ people still remembered the story of 1917.
Narrator 6: Disaster struck when the lifeboat was launched to rescue a small fishing vessel which had been caught out in an unexpected storm.
Narrator 7: It had been fine weather that day, exceptionally good for that time of year.
Narrator 8: The town had been preparing for its traditional All Hallows Eve festival when the lifeboat siren sounded.
Narrator 9: The lifeboat capsized and all of her crew went down.
Narrator 10: The fishing boat was never recovered and to this day, the tragic event still remained a mystery.
Narrator 11: One hundred years on and the Scarborough lifeboat was still in service.
Volunteer 1: Approaching vessel location Captain.
Volunteer 2: Where is it?
Captain: Check coordinates.
Volunteer 3: Coordinates correct Captain.
Volunteer 4: No vessel.
Volunteer 5: It can’t have gone down.
Volunteer 1: The weather is completely still.
Volunteer 2: There is no wind.
Volunteer 3: You could sail a dingy out here today.
Volunteer 4: I don’t understand Captain.
Captain: No, me neither.
Storm SFX & LFX
Narrator 1: In seconds the weather turned.
Narrator 2: A thick sea fret rolled in and smothered the boat.
Narrator 3: Strong winds tossed the boat around
Narrator 4: And high crashing waves smashed into the side of the lifeboat.
Narrator 5: The crew were thrown off their feet.
Narrator 6: And then, from no-where, they appeared.
Narrator 7: Ten men, dressed in lifeboat crew clothing.
Narrator 8: But clothes not recognizable in 2017.
Narrator 9: They wore clothes from a different century.
Narrator 10: These men were from 1917.
Narrator 1: Their faces pale and washed out.
Narrator 2: Their clothing wet and torn.
Narrator 3: These men were not from this world.
Narrator 4: These men were zombies!
Narrator 5: The zombies lurched towards the crew.
Narrator 6: Surely they were all doomed!
Narrator 7: The zombies got closer and closer
Narrator 8: The crew screamed!
Narrator 9: They called out in fear.
Narr. 10/Girl: But then I woke up from my nap. It was time to get my zombie costume on. I was meeting friends from school for a Halloween party. It was going to be a great night with loads of food, drink, scary films and of course our favourite song.
Little Shop of Horrors – Intro