Jennifer McPhee works on her skull for the Studio Theatre's Halloween Skullduggery fundraising project  to raise money to pay for the comfortable new seats that are currently being installed at the community theatre.

Jennifer McPhee works on her skull for the Studio Theatre's Halloween Skullduggery fundraising project to raise money to pay for the comfortable new seats that are currently being installed at the community theatre.

Studio Theatre delves into Halloween skullduggery

The Williams Lake Studio Theatre members have been preparing for their Halloween fundraiser for months now.

Williams Lake Studio Theatre members have been preparing for their Halloween fundraiser for months now.

Examples of their skullduggery can be seen in displays at The Open Book and The Realm of Toys until Halloween.

Over the summer and fall about 28 eager thespians have been creating “sugar skulls” which are traditionally created for Mexico’s Day of the Dead festival.

The plaster mould for the Studio Theatre’s sugar skulls was created for the play Skull in Connemara and the product is a collection of sometimes colourful and pretty and sometimes dark and dangerous looking skulls.

“The skulls are incredibly creative,” says project organizer Sheryl-Lynn Lewis. “There is one carved to be a tea-light holder, another modelled after a villain from Captain America and many beautiful sugar skull type creations. A few have had hats added, and one got a pair of horns.”

She says one of the skulls was photographed at a heritage graveyard.

Lewis expected that only five or six members would respond to the request to decorate skulls as part of a fundraising project to help pay for the comfortable new seats now being installed at the Studio Theatre.

But she says an overwhelming 28 members said yes to the project.

Five of the skulls have been selected for auction at a Skullduggery, steak dinner and costume party taking place at Oliver Street Bar and Grill this Saturday evening, Oct. 24. The rest of the skulls are for sale at $40 each.

These imaginative projects are on display at The Open Book and the Realm of Toys.

Tickets for the Skullduggery dinner evening at Oliver Street Bar and Grill are $25 each and available at The Open Book, The Realm of Toys, and Aboutface Photography.

“If the idea of dressing up in a costume worries you, it isn’t a necessity,” Lewis says. “Just bring your ticket between 6 and 9 p.m. for your dinner. All the proceeds from this project go directly to the refurbishment at the Williams Lake Studio Theatre.”



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