Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Here’s how you can be part of Hampton Horror Tours

(HNNDaily Photo/courtesy of the city of Hampton)
(HNNDaily photo/Courtesy of the City of Hampton)

HAMPTON — During the week leading up to Halloween, the Hampton History Museum will hosts evening walking tours.

The museum is currently seeking performers for these walking tours.

Performers will bring to life stories and figures from the city’s dark side.

Open auditions will be at the museum on Sept. 11 and 12 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

No experience is necessary for these volunteer positions and the museum will have a few costumes available, but they encourage actors to put together a period-appropriate outfit that suits their character with guidance from the museum staff.

The 60-minute tours, which leave from the museum at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Oct. 22 through Oct. 26 include eerie tales of old Hampton and the Tidewater area, according to a news release from the city.

The Hampton Horror Stories Tours will encounter actors portraying the first witch recorded in America, ghosts of Civil War soldiers, pirate from Blackbeard’s crew, German submariners, a speakeasy proprietor, escaped prisoners, Spanish influenza victims and more characters from the city’s tales of mystery and the macabre.

Each tour will include the grisly side of Hampton history, surprises and a spooky lantern tour of the St. John’s Church graveyard and other points of fright along Queen Street and around Downtown Hampton.

A brief outline that contains biographical information about each character will be provided at the audition.

Actors are encouraged to research their characters to add more to their scene.

A variety of speaking and non-speaking parts are available.

In addition to the featured roles of historical characters, the museum also seeks groups of pirates, speakeasy patrons, flappers, jail inmates and others to add to the frightful fun.

People unable to attend either of the auditions, but interested in taking on a role in the tours, are asked to contact Hampton Horror Tour director Jeff Corriveau at jeff_corriveau1@yahoo.com.

To learn more about the Hampton History Museum, click here.

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