REVIEW: OPECHEE HAUNT
Created by the extremely talented 15 year old Sam Kellman, the Opechee Haunt has embarked on its first year away from haunted mazes. This year, the Glendale yard attraction is a family friendly play entitled Jack’s Halloween Jamboree.
The show takes place in Kellman’s front yard - which has been transformed into a cemetery filled with animated jack o’ lanterns. The personalities in this play provide a fun variety show enhanced by the technical prowess exhibited in the sound and lighting. Kellman’s talent permeates the play through the sequenced projections and lights which are synched to the symphonic audio. The multiple stereo points throughout the yard create a great illusion as the audio seems to emanate out of the mouths of the characters. The script is well timed and playful as it incorporates pop culture, comedy, and music into a very entertaining attraction.
Jack’s Halloween Jamboree is very enjoyable and offers a hybrid of old world Halloween mixed with modern technology. A creative and original idea like this is rare. The influence of Disney, Universal and even Boney Island are present while the dialogue is whimsical and reminiscent of vintage Halloween skits and Peanuts cartoons.
Hellman's creativity is already decades beyond his age. We have no doubt that he is on his way to create great works of art that the world will love.
October 28, 2017
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