Okay. I’m all for a big Halloween scare—monster movies, spook alleys, even practical jokes—but I heard about something recently that disturbed me. It’s the play called Thriller. Apparently, it has a cult-type following and has been performed in Utah for the last twelve years.
A couple of friends went to see it, thinking it’d include Michael Jackson’s Thriller Dance routine. It didn’t. It's a play of multiple skits. Here’s what Salt Lake Tribune had to say about it:
“Thriller is a Halloween Spectacular – it includes all your favorite Halloween characters such as Frankenstein, The Curse of the Mummy and Jason. “Odyssey’s production of ‘Thriller’ was truly a thrill for the audience, which was at times breathless with laughter, at times fearful and amazed, but always totally entertained.”
Here’s another quote from Marsha Maxwell, About.com:
“In addition to the dance numbers, "Thriller" includes funny performances by New York recording artist John Boy as Bubbles, the show's depressed clown emcee, and local singer Mindy Lilyquist as Lorena Bobbit.”
My friends said the performers’ dancing was good, but not only did the skits’ contents bother them, so did the audience’s laughter. One skit ended with a sniper shooting Riverdance performers, one by one. In another skit, Jason shoots a ballerina. A third skit had a group of men vampires attacking a girl, and drinking her blood. Could any of this be considered a laughing matter? Is it considered a good Halloween scare?
And with all these young woman being killed and attacked, it was decided that a strong female role-model should be added to the play—Lorena Bobbit. Seriously?
Like I said, I haven’t seen the play myself, but it doesn’t sound like entertainment to me. My friends said there were young children present. Are we saying to them that it’s funny or exciting for a sniper to kill a group of people? Are we saying the Lorena Bobbit should be a role model to young women?
Okay, so maybe you’re going to tell me to chill; it’s all in the name of fun. I want to hear what you think.
Oh, and have a happy, safe Halloween!
Cindy A. Christiansen
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