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Spooktacular event bolsters theatre program

Theatre students performed the zombie "Thriller" in the parking lot.

Rainy weather did not dampen spirits as theatre students at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School hosted a colorful Spooktacular event with trick-or-treating, concessions, games, and dancing. The parking-lot fundraiser aimed to help cover losses from last spring’s comedy “Spamalot,” which Dunbar canceled as the COVID-19 surge forced schools to close their doors.

“This was a great way for kids and families to celebrate Halloween in a socially distanced and masked way,” said musical theatre director Brooke Jackson. “Normally we do a fall play and winter musical, which wasn’t in the cards. We tried to do something fun and safe and have something to look forward to. It’s a great thing for mental health – to feel connected and feel creative. Right now, they’re just a little bit draggy because they miss being there (at school). This gave them a lot of hope and excitement.”

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(Posted Oct. 29, 2020)