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Trail of Screams Seminars
Hosted by Rockford Trail of Screams
June 15, 2005


Trail of Screams Seminars - Rockford Illinois Trail of Screams
YMCA Camp Winnebago
5804 North Main Street ( Map )
Rockford, Illinois 61103

On June 15th, 2005, the Trail of Screams (a Haunted Attraction located in Rockford, Illinois) hosted a night of seminars and demonstrations for individuals in the Haunted House Industry. The topics that were covered included everything from scare tactics to make-up application.  Along with the seminars, they provided food & drink for those who attended.  In between the seminars, the Trail of Screams staff took everyone on a behind-the-scenes tour of their attraction, to show them the strategy behind some of their scares.  

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 Airbrush / Make-Up / Prosthetics Demonstrations

Throughout the evening, there were various make-up demonstrations.  As part of their "Make-up 101" class, attendees were shown the basics of airbrushing, including an overview of what equipment is used and demonstrations of various simple airbrushing techniques that could be utilized to create various Haunted House characters.  Also included in their make-up segment were demonstrations illustrating how to create scrapes and bruises using hand-applied make-up, as well as a demonstration showing the audience how to properly apply a prosthetic appliance.

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Interactive Improvisation Seminar
Presented by Michael Dice

Guest speaker Michael Dice is a local theater director, having directed nine shows since 1998.  These shows were produced at Pec Playhouse Theatre, Main Street Players of Boone County and the Beloit Civic Theatre.  Michael was brought in to offer  various improvisational activities, intended to help participants exercise their acting skills.  By leading improvisational activities like brushing your teeth without props and playing an imaginary game of "Tug of War", Michael got everyone involved in exercises that were not only educational, but fun as well.  

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Special thanks to the Trail of Screams Staff for organizing this worthwhile event.  Judging by the professional Powerpoint presentations they used and the organized seminars they conducted, it was quite obvious that a great deal of preparation went into making this gathering a reality.  They really put together a great event, especially considering this was their first time hosting seminars for the Haunted House Industry.  Haunters have even more to look forward to, as the Trail of Screams staff has plans to host similar gatherings in the future.  Kudos to Ann, Brian, Evan and everyone else who helped put this event together. 

Happy Haunting,

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