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The Sunrise Theatre Foundation, Happy Haunting at the Sunrise

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Suzy Childs, David McKinney, Lynn Fyffe and Jodi McKinney

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Sandi Hellstrom Leonard & Kent Leonard, Mike Cully and Paul Dasso

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Ethel Rowlands, Christopher & Val Cichorek

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The iconic movie props

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Sponsors

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The marquis

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Greg Miller and Tammy Kindlund and Wendy Pramge

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Dr. Ron & Kip Lyman and Damian Spotts of FPPD

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Holly Theuns, Ethel Rowland, Bradford & Julie Wheler, Chris Widing, Paul & Susan Dasso, Wendy Frieder and Nancy Archer

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Kathy Post and Wendy Frieder

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The magic spell cast upon those attending The Sunrise Theatre Foundation's recent gala consisted not of the eyes of newt, dandelion root, nor the toes of a bullfrog. Instead, it was an enchanted elixir of history, costume creativity, wickedly tasty treats, and a viewing of the cult-classic movie, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Happy Haunting at the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce, co-chaired by Wendy Frieder and Kathy Post, drew a costumed crowd eager to indulge in the festivities. Upon arrival, guests received goodie bags containing several traditional audience participation props used during the movie, such as rolls of toilet paper. When the movie character Brad shouts, "Great Scott," the rolls are collectively tossed in the air.

Upstairs in the bar area, attendees enjoyed live music, ghoulishly good food provided by The Cake Lady, and Catering by Adrienne Drew. Drew's 'Monster Mash' potato with all the fixings, Char 'CUT' erie board, and other creative treats had guests shrieking for more!

A silent auction offered many unique and spooky items of decor, such as haunted elevators, a giant HOTEL sign, and a skeleton key rack. Gift cards and a variety of baskets were also up for bid.

Ushered by Board Members, attendees broke into small groups to tour four areas of the Theater that are usually inaccessible to the public. They learned of its rich history dating back to its opening in August 1923. At the time, the Sunrise was the largest Theater between Jacksonville and Miami along Florida's East Coast. It quickly became a hub of cultural activities in the area and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Photos lining the walls of a gathering room on the top floor show how the floor was once utilized as a home. Guests also got a peek at the orchestra pit below the stage in the main theatre area.

A live auction of terrifyingly terrific items later brought bidders to their wits ends. Who would win the bin full of scratch-off lottery tickets, the hat, and guitar signed by the Beach Boys, the ghoulish night out provided by Indian River Hauntings, or the other items?

Additional movie-goers soon joined the crowd. The curtains rose, and viewers 'took a jump to the left and a step to the right.' They 'put their hands on their hips' and did the 'Time Warp' back to the mid-seventies with the shadow cast accompanying the showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show!

Funds raised support The Sunrise Theatre Foundation's mission "to enrich the lives of children by providing education and outreach through the Performing Arts."

Visit Foundation.SunriseTheatre.com for additional information.

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