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House of Torment
523 Highland Ball Blvd. (northeast corner of Highland Mall parking lot)
7-11 p.m. Sunday. Open daily through Oct. 31. Also open Nov. 2,3,9,10
Auditions: 2-3 p.m. Saturdays
It’s Halloween season, and that means the popular House of Torment — featuring three different haunted houses to scare the bejabbers out of brave thrill-seekers — is open. If you want to get in on the fright-inducing action, the attraction is still holding auditions for performers on Saturday afternoons.
So what’s the first thing you need to know about working in a haunted house?
It’s intense, according to D. Brandon LeJeune, stunt coordinator and assistant general manager of the House of Torment, in its final year at its Highland Mall location.
“Intensity is key. It is what keeps our guests excitedly, yet nervously, coming back. It is the foundation upon which our scare actors are trained,” says LeJeune, who is also in charge of training the haunted house’s actors. Your run-of-the mill, lackluster scares aren’t going to get the job done in this demanding gig.
“Physical movement, vocals, every aspect of your performance must be over the top,” LeJeune explains. “We strive to keep our energy levels through the roof and our guests constantly on edge and screaming their lungs out. It usually isn’t easy, but we work hard to keep it that way: high energy, on edge, intense.”
Did he mention the intensity?