Five years ago the Sarasota High School Theater program was approached by the St. Armand’s Circle Association about dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller and a tradition was born! St. Armand’s Circle hosts a Safe-Trick-or-Treating event every Halloween and for the past five years, the Sarasota High School Theater department has co-sponsored and provided entertainment for this outstanding event.
At the beginning of every October, over 200 students learn and rehearse Michael Jackson’s Thriller dance for a period of three weeks and then audition in front of a panel of judges, where a “Thriller Team” of approximately 100 students is selected. Once selected, The Thriller Team performs in a series of events from private parties to community fall festivals, with the grand finale of performances occurring on Fright Night on St. Armands Circle (October 31st).
While the performers are high school students, don’t be misled by thinking this is just a bunch of teenagers wanting to dress up on Halloween and scare people. This is a group of dedicated student actors who, on the day of the St. Armand’s performance, will start arriving at school at 4:00 am to undergo the transformation from happy-go-lucky kids to gory zombies with a ghoulish story to tell.
The entire costume and make-up process takes an average of 2 hours per student, but with the help of Change a Life Charity Thrift Store’s donation of clothing and the talented staff and volunteer parents working tirelessly on latex, paint, and hair, at the end of many, many hours the public gets to witness 100 Sarasota High School students bring their inner zombies and Michael Jackson’s Thriller to life on Fright Night.
The Zombie Walk begins at 6:00 pm (please note that the “children friendly” zombies will be on the outer circle and the scarier ones will be on the interior.) The THRILLER DANCE will be held at 8:00pm in the center of the circle.