Only a month into being formed, the Delta Literary Arts Society (DLAS) is determined to scare the pants off Delta with their upcoming frightening reading at the North Delta Centre for the Arts.
The group will be showcasing scary poems and short stories by Canadian horror writers as well as local actors on Oct. 23 in their first-ever event, Killer Verse: A Night of Literary Terror.
“It’s going to be a melding of theatre and written works,” explains Barbara Baydala, a DLAS board member.
Each reading, there will be mime-like performances on stage that go along with the storyline, all of which will be surrounded by spooky and “Halloween-y” ambience that includes frightening décor, low lights and zombie ushers.
“I’m really looking forward to our first performance as a group. We’ve only met as an entire group on Zoom, so I’m really looking forward to the energy of getting this group of writers together in one space,” says Baydala.
President of the DLAS, Angela Rebrec warns those planning to attend the evening to leave their kids at home, as they’ve “ratcheted up the scary factor for this event,” reads the press release.
However, do expect some not-so-small kids volunteering from Burnsview Secondary as actors and ushers, says Baydala.
Considering the society formed merely a month ago, they’re already off and running with their goal to promote and celebrate the literary arts in Delta.
And they’re far from stopping now.
The group of local writers are planning to hold another holiday-themed event closer to Christmas and host a series of different creative writing and reading workshops in early 2022.