Theater seniors plan Halloween sketch comedy

Annual ‘Children of the Corn’ shows include nightly costume contests

Senior acting majors: Children of the CornNIU School of Theatre and Dance seniors are throwing their annual Halloween sketch comedy show from Thursday, Oct. 31, through Saturday, Nov. 2, in the Diversions Lounge of the Holmes Student Center.

All performances are at 10 p.m.

The show is also an important fundraiser for the seniors to help pay for their acting reels – samples of their work on video – which must be completed by the end of the year. Their reels help them get a jump start to their careers in their craft.

This sketch show is the perfect marriage of pop culture and well-known Halloween horror movie formulas and themes that prove to be yearly favorites. “Children of the Corn” is also packed with familiar characters that are completely ridiculous and perfect for this Halloween event.

“There is also the very traditional musical number to end the night that is sure to be an audience favorite,” student director Hailey Shelton says. “The show is filled with adult silliness and legitimately frightening scenes that are sure to bring a great Halloween experience for the haunting season.”

NIU Class of 2014 acting majors“This annual Halloween show is always a frighteningly fun night filled with relevant pop culture and everyone’s favorite horror thrills,” adds Lee Sargent, another student director, “and a great way to support the local NIU SoTD seniors.”

“Children of the Corn” cast members will sell season-appropriate concessions before and after the show. The evening also will feature a raffle for the privilege to “pie” a senior in the face.

“To ‘pie’ a senior is a long standing tradition for ‘Children of the Corn’ shows,” cast member Meagan Ryan says, “and are really fun to watch.”

Attendees are strongly encouraged to arrive in their best Halloween costumes. There will be a costume contest and a prize given to the person with the best Halloween costume of the night, every night.

Tickets for “Children of the Corn” can be purchased at the door of the Diversions Lounge one hour before the show starts. Tickets for all attendees are $5; raffle tickets are $1 each or $5 for six.

For more information, call (309) 798-9253 or email hello.shelton@gmail.com.

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