Roses are red.
Violets are blue.
Wally will kill you,
if you say "boo."
Performing as a Monster
Playing a Monster is really, really fun. And we'll get to that in a moment...
But first, here are a couple crucial things to keep in mind before you play. Know them. They're a big deal:
1. Do not touch guests. This is paramount. It doesn’t matter if it’s intentional or accidental. Again, it does not matter if it is an accident. Do not do it. Control your performance so there are no accidents. Anticipate the actions of a guest (e.g., flailing arms) so there are no accidents.
2. Remain in character. You are the biggest part of what makes Dark Harbor immersive, therefore, seeing you out of character ruins the illusion. If you can be seen by a guest, you should be in character.
And now back to the fun stuff...
Make strong choices. This is a fun one! When you are performing as the Monster you've created, be sure to have a specific "point of view" that a guest can visually understand.
For example, as a Monster, you might have the "point of view" that people are very fascinating but also very frightening to you. A guest will pick up on this unusual "point of view" by the visible actions and expressions that you make (e.g., you are gleeful as you watch passersby, but if a passerby makes eye contact with you, you yelp and run away).
Coordinate and collaborate. Try working with the Monsters around you to accomplish a scare together. For example, one Monster distracts while the other goes in for the scare. Congratulatory high-fiving of your fellow Monsters is, of course, always permitted.
Change it up with the people. Do you find that you generally try to scare the first person in a group/line? Or maybe you always try to scare females? If you find that you have a scaring pattern, change it up. Everybody deserves a little horror...
Bring on the variety. Explore different ways of scaring guests (e.g., body positions, pop-outs, noises, etc.). Speaking characters can also explore a variety of frightening phrases.
Booooo! to “Boo.” No need to be timid or shy. Just go for it! But please no cliché scaring terms. Do not say “Boo.” There will be ramifications...terrible, terrible ramifications.