CENTREVILLE — As opening night of the Haunted Trap House beckons, the members of Queen Anne’s County Drug Free Coalition discussed the final details of the event and ticket sales at their Wednesday, Oct. 9, meeting.
The trap house runs Thursday, Oct. 24, Friday, Oct. 25, and Saturday, Oct. 26 with doors opening at 7 p.m. at 410 Little Kidwell Ave. in Centreville. Tickets are available for the 30th anniversary of the haunted house to show the perils of opioid addiction.
Maggie Thomas, local addictions authority for Queen Anne’s County Department of Health, serves as co-director with Eric Johnson.
“We have 300 tickets in advance on Eventbrite, and we have media interests from across the state,” Johnson said. “We’re eager to make sure that the citizens of Queen Anne’s County can get in and get out and learn from the experience. We’re going to do our best to make sure people can see it and that it was easy to bring back a 30th edition.”
Guests will see a series of scenes depicting the truth behind how addiction starts and how quickly it can grow out of control. Those struggling with opioid addiction will be able to speak with those able to help start them on the road to recovery.
Since its inception in 1989, the house has drawn acclaim for its importance in spreading the message of living a drug-free lifestyle. This year, the story arc will blend authenticity and sensitivity to the topic at hand.
“Addiction in general is controversial and there are still people on both sides that think it’s either a brain disease or a moral failing,” Thomas said. “While those are two different camps, we want to spark a conversation about loss and recovery. We want everyone to know that success is possible when it comes to recovery. We need that controversy, but we also want to educate the public.”
As opening night draws near, there are opportunities for volunteers for non-speaking parts, stage cre, and tour guides. An information sheet is available at www.thehauntedtraphouse.com. The cast comprises young adults and adults weaving a carefully crafted and comprehensive story.
Under the eye of artistic director Mary James, the actors will lead the viewers through myriad emotions from start to finish.
“We’ve done focus groups with young people, and we’ve done these extended focus groups with the cast,” Johnson said. “They continue to provide very direct, almost painful feedback. We did a very exhaustive process using the Drug Free Coalition’s logic models to figure out it needed to be on fentanyl. We gave this to our artistic director, and she took that and made the dramatic representation.”
Thomas said there is hope in fighting the opioid epidemic, especially when it is done as a group.
Guests are asked to go to the Queen Anne’s County High School for parking.