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Theatre Students Transform Playhouse into 'CarnEvil'

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Entrance to CarnEvil

There was a time, before TV and the Internet, when traveling carnivals roamed the United States offering curious families a rare glimpse of the bizarre and exotic. Throughout the early 20th century, these attractions and their sideshow acts — mysterious fortune tellers, bearded ladies and fire eaters — were big ticket sellers. 

But, imagine a carnival where instead of laughter and joy, the performers, rides and attractions provoke fear. A place where — especially on Halloween — reality becomes a little twisted.

That’s the idea behind the Penn State School of Theatre’s 1920s carnival-themed haunted maze — dubbed CarnEvil — that will weave its way across the Playhouse Theatre stage Oct. 28–31. Instead of sitting in the audience, visitors will be able to walk (or run) through the throwback carnival gone wrong. 

For the full story, by Lauren Ingram, click here.

Photo: Entrance to CarnEvil, taken by Angela Kendall.