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70 jobs up for grabs for towers’ Scarefest

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: September 16, 2013

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MORE than 70 jobs are up for grabs at Alton Towers Resort as it prepares to celebrate Halloween.

Alton Towers has launched a recruitment drive for people to help make this year's festivities the spookiest ever.

The attraction needs 75 people to help frighten thousands of visitors at its annual Scarefest event which runs for two weeks from Saturday, October 19 to Sunday, November 3 until 9pm. The contract will last for one month.

Scores of talented actors spent the past two days trying their best to scare judges during auditions.

The Mitchell Arts Centre, in Hanley, hosted the first day of auditions on Thursday with around 25 performers attending yesterday's audition at Alton Towers.

Just under half were successful with 10 people picked to bring to life the ghoulish characters that will feature in specially-created walk-through scare mazes.

Pete Cliff, creative manager at Alton Towers Resort, said: "The auditions that took place were hugely successful. The actors that auditioned were a talented group of individuals who brought something very different to what we have seen before.

"We will now look forward to directing them into the array of terrifying characters that feature through our Scarefest attractions."

The new recruits will be based in four mazes The Sanctuary, Carnival of Screams, Terror of the Towers and the Zombie Scare Zone. There will also be a number of scare rooms at the hotel.

This year's Scarefest brings the opportunity to ride the world's first 14 loop rollercoaster known as The Smiler in total darkness.

Riders can expect a series of twisted psychological effects including optical illusions, blinding lights and jabbing needles.

Katherine Duckworth, the resort's head of consumer marketing, said: "The Smiler provides an intense physical experience like no other ride and has already proved its extreme popularity among our guests.

"The chance to ride this mindbending attraction in the dark will heighten the senses of our guests and give the ride a whole new terrifying dimension. Plus, we've got lots of old Scarefest favourites that are back for 2013 so there will be something for the whole family to enjoy."

Younger visitors will have a chance to learn how to spook with Phil and Franklyn's Ghoul School. Skelvin will be on hand with silly, spooky stories and Patch will talk to children about the creepy creatures of Franklyn's Freaky Farm.

There will be a further opportunity for people aspiring to feature in Scarefest on Monday, September 23 when there will be another round of auditions at the Quality Hotel in Hanley. Performers are asked to arrive by 10am for registration.

For more information about Scarefest, visit www.altontowers.com.

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