Wednesday 13 December 2017

Screamfest! 40-strong cast make it a Hallowe'en show to remember in Crossabeg

By David Tucker

Katie McDonald. Pictures: Ger Hore
Katie McDonald. Pictures: Ger Hore
Lorna Kenny, Emma Neville, Issy Kearney, Daniel Furlong and Orla Murphy.
Joe Berney
Aaron, Orlaith, Avril and Adam Murphy.
Young members of the cast.
Donnacha McDonald, Kitty Kavanagh and Jay O'Connor.

TERRIFIED screamers af all ages took part in some ghostly goings on at the old Crossabeg Community Centre last week in a horror thriller for a good cause.

For the second year running, the Chamber of Horrors returned to the village courtesy of the Crossabeg Ballymurn Community Development Committee for two nights of spooky revelry and grisly ghosts.

'It was a fantastic night, we were really thrilled with the way it went,' said committee secretary Sheila Kelly.

'We had a full house for both nights. There were a lot of youngsters involved from the parish and a 40-strong cast and crew,' she said.

This year's Chamber of Horrors was based around a story and a set of rooms, opening in a little girl Agnes' room with, you've guessed it, a creepy clown inside, which Sheila said really terrified people.

Next it was on to a witches' room, then the exorcism room - with a fake priest on hand - an asylum and into an indoor forest and a graveyard full of zombies.

'We toyed with the idea of what limit to put on it and decided on PG because there were a lot of kids involved. The kids were grand, but some of the adults were terrified and we had screamers of all ages, although everybody had a great time,' said Sheila.

She said the Chamber of Horrors raised a substantial amount of money to be put towards the cost of a new community centre.

'A lot of time and effort went into it and we would like to thank all involved, particularly Leanne Byrne, who did the make-up and Trish Barrett who helped her,' said Sheila.

The Chamber of Horrors will be back next year, bigger and badder, and no doubt will attract hundreds of people willing to be scared out of their wits for a good cause.

Wexford People

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