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By senior Katie Chrisco
Each weekend throughout the month of October, a group of Providence juniors and seniors — and a couple alumni — went to work dressed as witches, superheroes, princesses and animals at the Louisville Zoo for its annual celebration of the “World’s Largest Halloween Party.” The students auditioned to receive a role after learning about the opportunity from Ellen Holifield during her theatre classes. She encouraged students to get involved at the zoo since it provides both work and acting experience.

The job consisted of dressing up as a character and greeting children as they trick-or-treated throughout the zoo. It required acting experience because those involved were expected to stay in character at all times. They posed for pictures with the children and spoke to them as if they were actually the character they portrayed.

PHS student participants included seniors Sabrina Anderson (March Hare), Scott Hoyland (Tin Man), Carolyn Swartz (Scarecrow), Kendra Kramer (bear), and Karoline Bandy (bear) and junior Wynne Gettelfinger (Hermione). Alumnae Emalee Aldridge ’13 was Tinkerbelle, and Kat Emly ’11 portrayed Dorothy a few nights.

This was Kat’s third year to work the Halloween party, and she said she loves the chance to get to spend time acting.

“I do get to do mascot work for the zoo, but it’s nothing like the Halloween party,” Kat said. “It just feels great to be surrounded by ‘theatre people’ again.”

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