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Ghastly thrills at the STC

Post by FinnFreak on Tue Oct 25, 2011 7:56 pm

The Timmins Daily Press - Monday 24 October, 2011


Ghastly thrills - PHOTO GALLERY

Annual pre-Halloween event at Shania Twain Centre




The Shania Twain Centre's manager Tracy Hautanen once again
assumed her annual alter ego, Beulah.



By Ryan Lux, The Daily Press


Beulah was back in Timmins on Saturday, this time as a bride.

Hundreds of families lined up outside of the Shania Twain Centre to witness the nuptials and check out a ghoul or two at the same time.

The centre, usually an homage to the local songstress, was transformed into a den of fright with witches and masked creatures lurking in every corner and the many Shania mannequins donning haunting costumes.

"In the summertime, we're a tourist attraction. But, in the off season we try to be an event place for the community so people can come up here and enjoy the centre," said centre manager Tracy Hautanen a.k.a. Beulah.

"This is our sixth year and our theme is every year Beulah comes to the site and takes over," she explained.

Hautanen recalled past "takeovers" where Beulah transformed the centre into a restaurant and done infomercials.

She said the running narrative is part of what makes the annual haunted house such a hit with Timmins families.

"It's all about the story. Our guides tell a story leading up to the big event to get visitors excited. It's important that they get an experience instead of just looking at stuff. Plus, it's definitely fun to put Shania in all these different costumes."

The elaborate transformation takes nearly a week to complete, but Hautanen said thanks to enthusiastic volunteers, they manage to pull it off each year.

"All of the high schools require students to do volunteer hours, so I reach out to the schools and word spreads fast," she said. "This tends to be one of the more fun volunteer things to do because they get a chance to scare adults and small children alike."

The indoor part of the tour wrapped up with visitors sitting down to watch and participate in Beulah's marriage to a severed head which she chose for his delicious-looking brain.

Displeased with her bridesmaids' choice for groomsmen, Beulah hand-picked male audience members to stand in.

Despite her bridezilla tendencies and pushy demeanour, Beulah managed to tie the knot.

Following the ceremony, visitors descended into the spooky bowels of the old Hollinger mine where they encountered a sasquatch in the dimly lit shaft.

Screams and some tears demonstrated that even after six years, Beulah hadn't lost her touch.

"It's all about the unknown," said Hautanen. "You need to keep people guessing about what's around the next corner."


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Post by tower on Wed May 02, 2012 3:37 pm

Hi Gang, Off Rotterdam back on board the MT British Explorer for a further 3 months. Thought I would check up here on what is new. Cheers for now.

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