Annual CLOTA spookhouse opens today

Annual CLOTA spookhouse opens todayCOMMUNITY LIGHT OPERA AND THEATRE ASSOCIATION — CLOTA will continue its annual tradition of providing a frightful place for your enjoyment – The Spookhouse!

This year, the theme will be “The Ruins – Surviving the Apocalypse.” The story is based around a horrible accident near secret installation, Area 395, that has left the area a barren wasteland where those who remain will, and must, do anything to survive...

CLOTA has put on its annual Spookhouse for nearly two decades and brings a new theme each time with different surprises around every corner. As far as haunted houses go, it may be small, but it will leave a big impression! That’s not to say those who are faint of heart should stay away, in fact CLOTA does tailor the experience for some, so it can be toned down to a level appropriate for all ages.

“This is CLOTA’s largest annual fundraiser,” said Josh Cotterell, president of CLOTA’s Board of Directors. “In a normal year, we will do three major shows and one or two fundraiser shows, then we usually do a Christmas Radio Show at the end of the year. But The Spookhouse is what brings in the majority of our revenue.”

With the pandemic looming over all businesses, forcing some to close and threatening others, CLOTA is doing what it can to stay afloat while providing the community with much needed entertainment.

COVID protocols will be put in place to keep the community and the actors and staff safe, including all actors wearing masks, receiving temperature checks, hand sanitizer stations and social distancing markers in the line, as well as ensuring all guests wear masks and have their temperature checked with a touchless thermometer.

The Spookhouse will be at the CLOTA Center Stage located at 1425 N. Inyo St. Oct. 23, 24, 29 and 30 from 6-10 p.m., and Halloween night from 6-11 p.m., or until the last survivor is gone! Entry fee is $5 for ages 13 and up, $2 for ages 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under. We will also be bringing back the Spooky Boutique with unique hand-crafted items for sale.

Pictured: An eerie, webbed corridor of CLOTA’s “Spookhouse,” opening Oct. 23. - Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2020-10-23