Did you miss a past episode? Each week we take you behind the scenes with our designers, cast, and crew as well as interviews with other haunters, Pittsburgh icons, and alternative artists and performers. Let's chat about the weird, geeky, and wonderful things happening in and around the city.
February 22- #110 Nino is Promoted to Operations Manager so Let's do a Throwback to his First Podcast
Congratulations to our new Operations Manager Nino Balistrieri! We're going to go back to December 2015 for Nino's first starring role in a podcast when he was our Tech Manager. Nino and Pnuematics Assistant/Actor Maryane Kimbler are the masterminds that bring Hollywood quality effects to life each and every night of our season. From turning Michael Dougherty's Halloween classic Trick r Treat into an immersive pop-up-book, to bringing Krampus and his minions to life, Nino and Maryann reveal the secrets to terrorizing haunt fans with state-of-the-art technology.
February 15- Recap of Valentine's Day in The Basement with Costume Manager & Designer Madison and Design Manager Nicole
This season's Valentine's Day event in The Basement took customers down the rabbit hole to a twisted version of Alice in Wonderland. Creative Director Scott Simmons, Katie "Dudders", Costume Manager and Designer Madison, and Design Manager Nicole walk through the creative process, planning, preparation, and actual event. The team discusses the influences, their amazing acting team, and last minute decisions that made the event so successful.
Before customers entered The Basement, they were able to experience the amazing improvisational skills of Ayne Terceira. After our new "Alices" exited The Basement, they entered the Arcana Lounge of The Summoning for treats served by a sassy bartender and other interactive characters. They also had a chance to have their cards read by Madaum Boum.
Pittsburgh's "Podfather" Michael Sorg Talks About his Podcast Evolution, Creating Your own Space Online, and Niche Entertainment
Michael Sorg is known as the "Podfather" and has been podcasting in Pittsburgh for over 10 years. He began with a Juggalo podcast and now hosts weekly shows discussing pro-wrestling, technology, and awesome things happening in and around Pittsburgh. We discuss creating your own space online, niche entertainment, why you should be looking forward to what's next, and the importance of the hustle.
The Basement, Studio Wrestling, and Bad Sports Analogies: A Chat with ScareHouse Veteran Christine Mancini
ScareHouse veteran actress, Christine Mancini, got her first lesson on sarcasm from a nun and her acting chops from studio wrestling. She has a unique voice and large presence that ScareHouse and Basement customers remember long after they leave. Creative Director Scott Simmons, Katie "Dudders", and Mancini talk about horror, studio wrestling, and acting in The Basement.
Talking Fog, Snow, and Smell with Chris Markgraf from Froggy's Fog
Froggy's Fog provides fog, haze, snow, bubbles, and even smells for haunted houses across the country (and probably the world). The company started in the roller skating industry then expanded to haunts, mega-churches, emergency and military personnel trainings, and even airshows. During last year's Midwest Haunters Convention, Creative Director Scott Simmons and Director of Sales and Marketing Katie "Dudders" sat down with Chris Markgraf, one of the founders of Froggy's Fog.
Embrace Your Weird: Greg Newkirk and Dana Matthews, Curators of Planet Weird's Traveling Museum of the Paranormal and the Occult
Katie "Dudders" and Design Manager Nicole traveled to Gettysburg, PA, for Strange Escapes in December. While they were there, they had a chance to chat with Greg Newkirk and Dana Matthews, the curators of Planet Weird's Traveling Museum of the Paranormal and the Occult at the Lincold Diner. Greg and Dana discuss how their collection started by accident and their path to becoming professional weirdos.
Saying Goodbye to our Director of Operations Crystal: a Look Back at her ScareHouse Career, Rampage Memories, & her Role as "Dream Killer"
Our Director of Operations, Crystal, is leaving us for sunny California (and who can blame her right now.) She sat down with Creative Director Scott Simmons and Director of Sales and Marketing Katie "Dudders" to reflect on her last 9 years with ScareHouse, this past season, and why we call her our "Dream Killer".
Serpentine: Ayne Terceira from Uncumber Theatrics' Newest Immersion and Alternative Reality Game
Scott and Dudders sit down with Basement OG actor and Uncumber Theatrics founder, Ayne Terceira. Ayne has been part of the ScareHouse family for four years, begining with ScareHouse Secrets. She initially exposed us to immersive theater beginning with her roll in Strata at Bricolage Theater. She takes us back to her start in immersive theater at Carnegie Mellon University's premier improv group, "No Parking Players", part of their Scotch 'n' Soda theater.
Gaming Geeks Dreams Come True: PAPA & ReplayFX in Carnegie, PA
Scott and Dudders visit PAPA (Professional & Amateur Pinball Association) warehouse to chat with Special Events Director of ReplayFX, Fred Cochran. The warehouse contains 506 pinball games and 300 videos games from the 1950s to today. Fred, Scott, and Dudders discuss how their love of arcade games began at Showbiz Pizza, Pizza Hut, and the Century III mall.
Atrocity Event Preview 2016 with Macabre & Morose: The Infamous Aaron Doctor & Doing Terrible Things in Beautiful Ways
Scott and Dudders sit down with Macabre Noir and Aaron Doctor for a preview of the 2016 Atrocity Exhibition, an immersive theater experience that combines sideshow, burlesque, and cabaret entertainers.