A SPOOKY show will have Wearsiders in high spirits as the city gets ready to celebrate all things scary.
More than 60 minis ghouls and ghosts are also set to impress theatre goers with an all singing, all dancing, Halloween spectacular this weekend.
The youngsters, aged between six and 18, will perform Trick or Treat – It’s Dancing Feet, at the Sunderland Empire.
Written by Sunderland performing arts teacher and choreographer Kathleen Davis, the production tells of Vilun the Vile, his wife the Omen Mother and son Damien, who are planning to take possession of the powerful silver chalice and rule the universe.
However, his “dastardly” plan is challenged by the white witches of Wonderland, in a tale of good and evil.
Kathleen said the production, set to take place at the Sunderland Empire stage on Saturday, is full of action and excitement to entertain the whole family, and some special effects.
“There is an impressive UV scene with light effects and ghosts and big pumpkins,” she said.
“The whole production is an adventure.”
Meanwhile, more fiendish Wearside entertainers are preparing to head to Yorkshire as part of a new event at Lightwater Valley – called Frightwater.
Musicians and dancers will perform in attractions across the park, including horror mazes and The Ultimate rollercoaster, transformed into a spooky hell ride.
Dad-of-one Graeme Mitchell, 28, of Ryhope, will sing an acoustic set of chart covers for the park’s adrenaline junkies.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” he said. “I love doing gigs and stuff so it’s exciting, it’ll be really different.
“I used to perform in holiday camps so I’m prepared for the atmosphere, I think people will really enjoy it.”
Other performers taking part in the hair-raising event which starts today include SK Dance, from Shameem Karim School of Performing Arts in Grindon, and Bounce ‘n’ Boom, street dancers from Pallion Action Group.
The spooky fun will culminate in a special firework display – Nightwater – on Sunday.
Lightwater Valley guest experience manager, Simon Edward, said: “It’s all about performing arts, and one big Halloween experience.
“We are delighted to have so many acts from Sunderland involved, obviously there is a lot of talent in the city and we are pleased to give them a chance to perform. It’s going to be amazing. The one thing that sets a theme park apart from anything is you can let you imagination run wild.”
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