Theatre of the Dead will be holding a spooky séance in Ladner this Halloween season.
The séance won’t contact dead family members - but it will investigate the mass disappearance of a cult, a press release notes. The spirit theatre event is hosted by local bizarre magic performers and award-winning entertainers Jordan Vo, Madame Zula (Care Elise) and Rob Teszka.
Theatre of the Dead: the Haunting at the Hundred Year Old Hall is based on the story of a cult operating off the Pacific Coast in the 1920s. As the legend goes, one rainy October night, 13 members of the Delta chapter entered the bog and disappeared. The show investigates the mass disappearance, as audience members recreate a recently rediscovered ritual and attempt contact in an intimate séance.
“It’s not for the faint of heart,” warns Elise. “Reading through the source material to write the show was chilling.”
The cast of mediums include a descendant of one of the cult members (Elise), a professional skeptic and investigator (Vo), and a collector of paranormal oddities (Teszka). The séance will be held in the more than 100-year-old Oddfellows Hall in Ladner, B.C.
To the organizers’ knowledge, Theatre of the Dead is the first Halloween séance in Metro-Vancouver. The group hopes it will be popular enough to become a must-see on thrill seekers’ Halloween to-do lists.
The séance will have five sittings: Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 and 9 p.m., and Saturday Oct. 27 at 4, 6, and 8 p.m. at the Oddfellows Hall at 5425 Ladner Trunk Rd., Delta. Spectators can choose tickets at the séance table, for a more intimate experience, or in the gallery, a safer distance from the action. Seating is extremely limited and only available in advance. There will be no tickets available at the door. Potential audience members are warned that the show is intended to be frightening and is not suitable for children. Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets at hauntedtheatre.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets are $35 at the table and $15 in the gallery.