Paul Nigra Center hosts Spooktacular

MAYFIELD – Rather than frightening families on Halloween, ghosts and ghouls got together to sing for them Friday evening at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts.

The acting group, Standing Ovations Productions, invited community members to join them for Spooktacular: A Halloween Cabaret, where the actors performed songs related to Halloween. Roughly 35 community members attended the event, and songs such as “This Is Halloween” as well as songs from Rocky Horror were performed. Audience participation was encouraged.

Vice President on the SOP Board, Devin Eagan, said that cabaret’s bring together different people who share the same interest. The performing group plans to host monthly cabaret, all with different themes.

“I think there is something included in every cabaret that people will enjoy and connect to,” Eagan said. “Events like this are good for kids of all ages. Once we get more financial backing, we are looking towards putting on more full-length productions as well as a dinner theater.”

The SOP came together at the end of summer, said Eagan, and the group has a base of 30 performers. She said that the group has a goal of bringing something beneficial to the community, and donates money from performances to local organizations such as the United Way. Eagan continued on to say that anyone who wants to entertain can become a member. Caitlin Murray, a performer and Broadalbin-Perth 10th-grader, had done a past performance with the group and said she has done nothing like it. Murray is a part of the B-P High School drama club, she said being a part of SOP allows her to bond with different people who all love acting.

“If you have talent, you’re appreciated,” Murray said. “We’re just one family and we all love each other… We just always have a lot of fun.”

President of the acting group Marc Norton said that the best part is teaching young adults a different side of performing that they usually don’t see. “Things like how we sell tickets and how much work goes into one show,” Norton said.

Norton continued on to say that the group tries to include audience participation to the performances to create a different experience for the community. As a monthly event, Norton said that it allows SOP to bring the performance to people in the community. The production group plans to host their next cabaret Nov. 12.

Opal Jessica Bogdan covers rural Fulton County and she can be contacted at [email protected].

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