Scares Start Early with Two World Premiere Theater Productions in Victorville

By Nolan Patrick Smith

High Desert Daily

A view from the set of "A date with a Vampire" Photo By Nolan Patrick Smith/ High Desert Daily.

(Victorville) Its coming: Halloween, and with it comes vampires, ghost, scares, and of course, blood.

This Friday, the fun kicks off early with two world premier productions presented by the Theater Arts Guild.

Debuting this Friday at the High Desert Center for the Arts are two one act works, Date with a Vampire and The Haunted Room.

Michael Barrett wrote both works as well as directs them. Barrett is no stranger to the High Desert, having produced various other productions at the High Desert Center for the Arts. Barrett had this to say regarding what the works are about.
“Date with a Vampire is a satirical look at a lonely young woman who goes on a blind date and finds out she may be on a date with a possible blood sucker.

The Haunted Room involves a menacing ghost that has killed half a dozen people from entering that room, and no one comes out of the room typically alive or they die soon after. There are two paranormal investigators called out to hopefully relieve that ghost from the house.”

Barrett showed High Desert Daily some of the amazing work that has been done so far, from superb acting to some gruesome special effects at a dress rehearsal. “It was very fun writing these productions, I have two great casts in each show and a lot of great special effects provided by Bryan C. Dunn, who has worked incredibly hard on them and has done a great job.”

Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (760) 243-7493 and can also be purchased at the door.

When asked what the audience can expect from the productions, Actress Jolene Patterson had this to say: “To feel emotion and attachment to the characters, to feel the pain they’re feeling and to be surprised.”

For more information on this production as well as upcoming productions, visit and visit the Theater Arts Guild at

WHEN: Starts October 14th, 2011 at 7:30 PM, also runs Oct 15th (7:30 PM), 16th (2:30 PM), 21st (7:30 PM), 22nd (7:30 PM), and 23rd (2:30 PM)

WHERE: The High Desert Center for the Arts
15625 Eighth Street, Victorville, CA 92394

INFO and TICKETS: Call (760) 243-7493.

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