West Seattle Halloween: Sneak peek at all-new Skeleton Theatre

October 30, 2012 at 3:36 pm | In Holidays, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 9 Comments

(Photos by Nick Adams for WSB)
For years, they’ve rocked out – and this year, they’re spaced out. With an all-new space theme, and other overhauls, the animatronic extravaganza Skeleton Theatre 2012 is almost ready to go, for performances Wednesday (Halloween) night and Thursday (November 1st) night on the lawn at the southwest corner of 36th and Hanford, rain or shine.

WSB contributing photojournalist Nick Adams visited last night as the crew got ready for the seventh year of Halloween-time shows:

(Michael Wellborn, working on audio setup)
Our behind-the-scenes preview continues, ahead:

Chris Walker is the mastermind behind Skeleton Theatre:

He has a home studio which has long been perfect for producing its audio track – before everything gets taken on the road (aka, out to the lawn):

Chris’s wife Maia Low (below, with daughter Ilah Walker and, at center, Ken Duke) is on the team too. She says they have had more than 60 people work on Skeleton Theatre over the past six years.

Some come from far away (1,100 miles is the record so far). The script for this year was written 10 days after Halloween 2011 – but of course the work to actually put up the set goes on till the last minute – Case Lutes, below, is among those helping with construction:

Speaking of building: The skeletons are no small feat to assemble and operate, either. They too are all-new for this year, each one built by Chris and the crew with 12 servo motors, plus – to operate the arms and skulls – 93 screws and 93 locknuts per skeleton:

Cast members you’ll hear this year include West Seattleites Alan Galli, David Quicksall, and Brandon O’Neill:

But think of those behind the scenes, too:

Maia says that by the last few days before Halloween, there’s somebody working on Skeleton Theatre around the clock:

Bring an umbrella if you have to, but don’t miss the all-new show – the cast is dying to meet you:

The show runs about 20 minutes, continuously between 6 and 9 pm both nights. (It’s free, but you are welcome to donate via their website, to help defray costs!) You can see the video “trailer” for this year’s Skeleton Theatre on its website – and get updates plus more behind-the-scenes peeks on its Facebook page.

9 Comments

  1. A highlight of our Halloween season. Sounds like it will be out of this world!

    Comment by Brynnley's mama — 4:02 pm October 30, 2012 #

  2. Do you know if the skeleton animatronic display is working this year on 44th and Charlestown? It was awesome last year but I haven’t heard of it this year.

    Comment by Dakota — 4:27 pm October 30, 2012 #

  3. I just found its creator’s e-mail address and sent a note to see.

    Comment by WSB — 4:39 pm October 30, 2012 #

  4. Just heard back – yes, they’re planning on it, and will be setting up tomorrow, though they’re likely to get soaked! – TR

    Comment by WSB — 5:36 pm October 30, 2012 #

  5. Great! Thanks for checking!

    Comment by Dakota — 6:37 pm October 30, 2012 #

  6. I drive by this house daily to and from work and each year I’m always impressed by the process it takes to set up this show. With all that hard work I certainly wouldn’t want to miss it and I’m really looking forward to seeing their latest show…rain or shine.

    Comment by sun*e — 12:40 am October 31, 2012 #

  7. is anyone seeing anything at the http://www.skeletontheatre.com website? all I get is a “0″

    Comment by Diane — 2:02 pm October 31, 2012 #

  8. I was able to view it, Diane. Windows 7, Chrome Browser.

    .

    Mike

    Comment by miws — 4:47 pm October 31, 2012 #

  9. thanks Mike; I can’t see it at all, windows xp, firefox

    Comment by Diane — 5:20 pm October 31, 2012 #

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