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The ScareHouse Podcast: One of America’s Best Haunted Houses

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Episode 125: 2017 ScareHouse Season Recap with Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders”

The 2017 ScareHouse season was filled with wild moments that included a German television crew, flugtag, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Star Wars. Creative Director Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” look back on 2017 and talk about what’s next for ScareHouse in 2018. Scott and Dudders are joined by Producers Mike and Missy Sorg at Sorgatron Media Studios to discuss the 2017 ScareHouse season Mike Sorg discusses his first visit to The BasementOld school marketing can help you stand out from the...

Duration: 00:55:14

Episode 124: Kip Polley Pale Night Productions Returns

A few weeks before opening night, Creative Director Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” traveled to Beechview to Sorgatron Media Studios to record a long distance podcast with Kip Polley from Pale Night Productions. Kip was visiting the Southern Illinois Fair with one of his zombie puppets. They chatted with Kip about kids love of zombies, designing haunted attractions and escape rooms for guests of all ages, and being one of the leading innovators in the haunted attraction industry. Pale...

Duration: 00:34:28

Episode 123: Ricky Brigante Founder of Inside the Magic

Three weeks away from opening night, Creative Director Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” traveled to Beechview to Sorgatron Media Studios to record a long distance podcast with Ricky Brigante from Inside the Magic. Ricky talks about the challenge running Inside the Magic, his love of theme parks, immersive theater, and what’s next for the industry. Inside the Magic covers all things in themed entertainment. How Inside the Magic started as a small podcast and has grown in the last fifteen...

Duration: 00:35:56

Episode 122: Top Horror Movie Picks with Sean Collier

Creative Director Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” head down to The Basement with Sean Collier to talk about their favorite horror movies. Sean’s passion for movies is evident when he appears on the radio, the comedy stage, his podcast, and when he writes his column for Pittsburgh Magazine. Sean, Katie, and Scott end the podcast with a discussion about their lists of top horror movies. The struggle to get Pittsburghers to leave the house and shake up their routines.The joy of going to a...

Duration: 01:12:06

Episode 121: The Dent Schoolhouse with Bud and Aryn

Creative Director Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio to visit Bud Stross and Aryn Fox from The Dent Schoolhouse. They chat about the legend of The Dent Schoolhouse, how they got their start in the haunted attraction industry, and the many hats they wear in and out of the haunt. The podcast team travels to Cincinnati, Ohio, to visit The Dent Schoolhouse.Aryn Fox is the makeup manager and Bud Stross is the co-owner along with his dad Chuck and friend Josh...

Duration: 00:54:29

Episode 120: ScareHouse Actor 001 - Tracy Campbell

Creative Director Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” chat with veteran actress Tracy Campbell. They discuss Scott and Tracy’s shared television news history, what it’s like to have your face all over ScareHouse marketing, and how props, hair, and music create great ScareHouse videos. Tracy has been part of ScareHouse since 2007.Tracy met Scott when they both worked at WPXI Channel 11 News.ScareHouse isn’t the first haunted building that they have worked in.WPXI’s (formerly WIIC) original...

Duration: 00:45:14

Episode 119: Nick Paradise, Kennywood’s Director of Public Relations and Social Media

Creative Director Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” head to Kennywood to chat with their Director of Public Relations and Social Media, Nick Paradise. They discuss year round marketing of seasonal businesses, innovating while remembering your roots, the value of engaged fan base, and Pittsburghers’ unique bond with Kennywood Park. Operating a seasonal business now requires year round marketing.Kennywood is adding a new daytime Halloween attraction, Happy Hauntings.Running a business is...

Duration: 00:35:49

Episode 118: Members of 501st Garrison Carida Star Wars Troop

Creative Director Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” geek out with Tim Gregg, Dan Beltz, and Greg Ochaba, members of the 501st Garrison Carida over everything Star Wars. They talk about the 501st charity missions, what drew them to the group, their first Star Wars experience, and why Scott never saw the original Star Wars (New Hope) movie in theaters. 501st is a worldwide costuming organization composed of over 15,000 members, all volunteerFocus on charity and community workBegan in 1997...

Duration: 00:52:10

Episode 117: Allen and Shannon Hopps

Allen Hopps is the "Forrest Gump of the Haunted Attraction Industry" having contributed to several of America's iconic haunted attractions over the last 20 years. Days after high school graduation he drove a moped from Baltimore to Orlando to perform as an actor in a haunted house, and he's never regretted it for a moment since. Allen and his wife Shannon join ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons and ScareHouse actress Jennifer Dallas for an inspiring and entertaining look back at...

Duration: 01:27:26

Episode 116: Throwback to Jerry from Creepy Collection at 2015 Midwest Haunters Convention

Throwing it back to the 2015 Midwest Haunters Convention. Our former Director of Operations Crystal caught up with Jerry Dalessandro from Creepy Collection on the show floor. Brooklyn born artist, entrepreneur, and hustler (compliment) Jerry Dalessandro joins ScareHouse Director of Operations Crystal Rupp to talk about Creepy Collection.Recorded at the Midwest Haunters Convention 2015. Creepy Collection's ever growing army of zombies, dolls, demons, clowns, and other nightmare props fill...

Duration: 01:03:21

Episode 115: Zombie Army, Naked and Scared, and Pushing Haunted House Boundaries

Scott Simmons and Kate "Dudders" Dudas join fellow haunters, hustlers, and provocateurs John Laflamboy (Zombie Army Productions) and Pat Konopelski (Shocktoberfest) for an extended conversation about modern haunted attractions. John shares the birth and legacy of Chicago's Zombie Army and their much beloved Party BusThe true story behind the world famous "Naked and Scared" challenge at ShocktoberfestThe controversy within our industry about "extreme haunted houses"How a theater kid working...

Duration: 01:43:53

Episode 114: Glenn and Ursula from Submersive Productions

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 ScareHouseHow Sleep No More and Then She Fell inspired The Basement and Submersive ProductionsThe struggle to define what immersive theater is and isn’tHow the audience is crucial...

Duration: 01:32:23

Episode 113: 3 Rivers Comicon With Todd and Jon from New Dimension Comics

Creative Director Scott Simmons catches up with Todd McDevitt and Jon Engel from New Dimensions Comics at Rock Bottom to chat about the comic book industry, pushing your ventures, and 3 Rivers Comicon. Scott asks Jon and Todd when and how they first got into comic booksJon talks about how Magic the Gathering was the gateway to comic book collecting and his current jobTodd has been collecting comic books for 31 years and has over two million comic booksJon and Todd discuss how the comic...

Duration: 00:48:08

Episode 112: Macabre Noir, Aaron Doctor Morose, and The Mad Muse Lori Howsare Discuss Wearing Your Weird on the Outside and Atrocity Exhibition IX

The award winning Atrocity Exhibition’s ninth performance will take you to hell. Katie “Dudders” caught up with Macabre Noir, Aaron Doctor Morose, and Lori Howsare “The Mad Muse” at Atrocity’s command center, aka Macabre’s living room. They talk about the creative process, theater theory, and Atrocity Exhibition IX: Inferno. Lori credits her theater education and experience for her ability to be such a successful stage managerMacabre and Aaron Doctor Morose discuss how the Atrocity...

Duration: 01:01:46

Episode 111: Over Caffeinated Chat with Rob Johnston About Social Media, Adapting, and Being Genuine with Your Audience

Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” hang out on a loading dock in Pittsburgh’s Strip District with Rob Johnston to talk about social media and the importance of being genuine with your audience. Highlights: Rob, former ScareHouse Podcast host, reminisces about his favorite ScareHouse Podcast episodesDiscussing the rise and fall of VineWhy Vine was such a great fit for Rob’s creative vision and how enjoyed the challengeUsing old school techniques and humor to engage with today’s audienceRob’s...

Duration: 00:56:28

Episode 110: Exploring the Pittsburgh Burlesque Scene with Boom Boom Bridgette, Moon, & Thea Biss

Katie “Dudders” sits down with Pittsburgh Burlesque performers and members of the ScareHouse family, Boom Boom Bridgette, Moon, and Thea Biss. The ladies discuss Pittsburgh’s current burlesque scene, what attracted them to performing, and how burlesque is all about loving yourself and your body. Highlights: A discussion about the various styles of burlesqueCreating a stage nameWhy it’s dangerous to kick off your shoes during a performanceMoon tells us about the time she drop kicked a Serta...

Duration: 01:01:43

Episode 109: Bricolage Production Company, Enter the Imaginarium, & Immersive Theater

Scott Simmons and Katie "Dudders" sat down with Tami Dixon, Jeffrey Carpenter, and Rod Schwartz from Bricolage Production Company. Bricolage works to remove the fourth wall to differentiate themselves from traditional theater productions and become closer to their audience. Tami and Jeffrey discuss their theater experience and the birth of Bricolage in Pittsburgh. When they first started, Bricolage worked hard to build the trust with their core audience. One of their first super fans, Rod...

Duration: 01:06:03

Episode 108: Interview with John Eslich: Roadtrip to Factory of Terror in Canton

Factory of Terror is one of largest indoor haunted houses in the WORLD. Scott and Dudders sit down with owner John Eslich to talk about what it takes to become a Guiness World Record winner, helping customers get their scare on in the offseason, how running a haunted house is a yearround business, and the importance of continuing your haunt education. John recently took over the Haunted Schoolhouse and Laboratory in Akron and is working to honor the decades old haunted house's history and...

Duration: 01:01:28

Episode 107: Nino is Promoted to Operations Manager so Let's do a Throwback to his First Podcast

Congratulations to our new Operations Manager Nino Balistrieri! We're going to go back to December 2015 for Nino's first starring role in a podcast when he was our Tech Manager. Nino and Pnuematics Assistant/Actor Maryane Kimbler are the masterminds that bring Hollywood quality effects to life each and every night of our season. From turning Michael Dougherty's Halloween classic Trick r Treat into an immersive pop-up-book, to bringing Krampus and his minions to life, Nino and Maryann reveal...

Duration: 00:46:34

Episode 106: Recap of Valentine's Day in The Basement with Costume Manager & Designer Madison and Design Manager Nicole

This season's Valentine's Day event in The Basement took customers down the rabbit hole to a twisted version of Alice in Wonderland. Creative Director Scott Simmons, Katie "Dudders", Costume Manager & Designer Madison, and Design Manager Nicole walk through the creative process, planning, preparation, and actual event. The team discusses the influences, their amazing acting team, and last minute decisions that made the event so successful. Before customers entered The Basement, they were...

Duration: 01:04:06

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