Creative Director Scott Simmons travels to Baltimore to catch up with former ScareHouse audio masters Glenn Ricci and Ursula Marcum from Submersive Productions to talk about immersive theater.
- Scott and Glenn first worked together in sixth grade on a friend’s basement haunt then again at the Cloverleaf YMCA and ScareHouse
- How Sleep No More and Then She Fell inspired The Basement and Submersive Productions
- The struggle to define what immersive theater is and isn’t
- How the audience is crucial to the immersive theater experience
- Glenn’s trip to London to experience The Drowned Man
- Glenn and Ursula talk about taking their experiences and unique skill sets to create their own immersive theater shows
- How your space can influence the story you are telling
- Submersive Productions strives to combine intimacy, free-roaming, and exploratory elements in their shows
- Glenn and Ursula describe their first two shows The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe and H.T. Darling’s Incredible Musaeum Presents the New Galapagos Astonishing Acquisitions From the Perisphere
- The time and labor behind creation of props that must look authentic
- How their version of immersive theater is like four dimensional chess
- Integrating puppetry into immersive theater and haunted houses
- All space has something to say and all humans are storytellers
- Fun ScareHouse fact: The eerie chanting you heard in Forsaken and The Summoning was actually Ursula! Glenn manipulated her voice to create some of the creepiest voices heard in ScareHouse.
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