Written by Olivia Stock
A scream, a murder, a jailbreak. What scares people the most? Is it a giant monster, a failed test? Whatever the case, the honors language arts students celebrated that by putting on a festival of fear. A Fear Fair, to be exact.
The Fear Fair was a new activity for students and teachers alike. The honors language arts students and their teachers put on the show, while the rest of the seventh grade toured the interactive exhibits. Fear Fair was a collection of exhibits and performances, all designed to make you feel fear, or understand it better. The fair was tied to the suspense unit the honors students finished beforehand.
The honors students were put into groups of about four to six people. These groups came up with their own interactive experience, ranging from breakout rooms to theatrical performances.
Lily Shukla, seventh grade, was one of the students who put on the fear fair.
“It’s a very interesting project,” she said. “More like a game.”
Lily and her group of honors students put on an interactive play performance. Everyone in the audience got to be a character, and one of her group members, Calista Anderson, was ‘murdered.’ The goal of the exhibit was to figure out the murderer.
Another student who helped put on the show was seventh grader Lucy Devenney.
“I like the project,” she said.
Her project was another murder mystery play, but instead of the audience being a character like in Shukla’s play, the audience was just observing the events and drawing conclusions from them to find the murderer.
Alexis Martin, seventh grade, also helped put on a Fear Fair performance. She said, “It was just different and new.” Instead of a play, her project was a murder mystery escape room. The audience had to find the clues, figure out who the culprit was, and escape, all in 15 minutes.
All three students had similar ideas of what Fear Fair meant to them. Martin said that it was an interactive experience to express creativity. Shukla said it was “A lot of different interactive projects.” And it would “Give students a way to feel fear.” Devenney said, “It’s an interactive presentation.”
The Fear Fair took place on October 10 during the seventh grade Core+.
All stories, photos and video footage by the seventh and eighth grade newspaper students.