‘Spook House’ Opens This Week at Alden High School

Spook House has gained a lot of attention...for its impressive spooky set designs, stunning original costume work, a hilarious script and impressive technical elements.


The entire cast of Alden High School's 'Spook House' including monsters, human characters, and dancers.

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Alden High School is very excited this week to open the curtain on Spook House! Spook House is a hilarious “creepy comedy” written by Billy St. John about ten misunderstood monsters that all live in the same house, protected from the outside world. However, when Tax Assessor and descendant of the vampire slayer Abraham Van Helsing VI (Max Gucinski) and monster movie producer Monica Myers (Mallory Ronan) try to take their property away to build a movie studio, the monsters and direct descendant of Henry Frankenstein, Victoria Stein (Paige Rzepka) along with her boyfriend, Roger Davis (Carl Farrell), decide to throw a party in order to raise the money to save the house. Things get even more complicated when a bank robber, Bert (Dustyn Grunthaner), his “moll”, Molly (Hanna Kozma), and two cops, Officer Percy Dalton (Tim Hinsken) and Sergeant Martha Jones (Alex Burdett) get mixed up in the hullabaloo.

Spook House has gained a lot of attention on social media, in the halls at AHS, and in the community for its impressive spooky set designs, stunning original costume work, a hilarious script and impressive technical elements.

Mr. Matt  Masci (Co-Director) has said that “this show isn’t well-known and we like that. It allows us to take this incredibly funny show and deliver the story to an audience who doesn’t have a preconceived idea of what it should be”.

Mr. Masci went on to say that Mrs. Amy Froebel (Costume Director) has worked tirelessly on creating monsters completely from scratch and that his good friend Bill Holdsworth (Special FX Makeup Volunteer) has worked with a student team to really take those characters to another level of professionalism.

Mr. Masci credited volunteer builder Tom Northem saying he “has truly outdone himself with this show” in bringing the creative set design vision to life and that it is one of the “most detailed sets we’ve ever created together”.

Mrs. Jill Farrell (Co-Director) has been working incredibly hard at staging this show and developing the monster characters while Mrs. Lori Gramza (Volunteer Choreographer) has been teaching them how to dance at their monster party.

Dress rehearsals have come to an end and the technical team and crew are putting on the final touches. This show boasts impressive technical elements under the guidance of Trevor Lezynski (Stage Manager), Alex Bielawa (Asst. Stage Manager), Emily Beres (Scenery Design Manager & Makeup) and Max Northem (Lead Technician) who have led Stage Crew to this incredible final result in the hope that the community will come out in strong numbers to support their performance.

Spook House opens Thursday at 7pm and will also be performed at Alden High School Friday November 13th at 7pm and Saturday November 14th at 2pm and 7pm.  Tickets are $10 at the door for general admission and $8 for students and Senior Citizens. Doors will open 30 minutes before the performance and you won’t want to miss the new 5-minute warning pre-show! Check out the ‘Wilson R. Conrad Auditorium’ Facebook page for more information.