Scarefest jobs up for grabs at Alton Towers

Roles are still up for grabs for this year's Scarefest at Alton Towers.

Throughout October, the 500 acre Staffordshire theme park will undergo a Halloween transformation.

More than 600 people have already been interviewed and auditioned across the UK for actor, make-up artist, set designers and costume creators roles.

Positions are still up for grabs including performers, Audio Visual Technicians, live show and attraction hosts, as well as operational roles across the theme park. 

Recruitment events are taking place at the resort on Saturday 21 September and Sunday 22 September, as well as at the Quality Hotel in Hanley on Wednesday 18 September, at Bear Coffee in Uttoxeter on Thursday 19 September, and at the Moat House Hotel in Etruria on Friday 27 September.

Performer, Jack Lewis, 30, is one of the Resort’s designated scare actors and has been crafting his skill since his late teens. He said: “I have played so many roles as a scare actor, from a rotting sailor to an alien, from a neon coloured carnival clown dipped in toxic waste to an infected military operative! Whatever character I am, I always imagine that the guests are the camera in their own personal horror movie. I’m the villain or whatever else I need to be to make it the ultimate, immersive experience for them. It’s not just about jumping out on people and shouting boo, far from it. There’s a lot more technique to being a scare actor and sometimes the best ways to make people scared is by being unpredictable or even just silently staring.

“The reaction of the guests who appreciate your performance is really rewarding. You know you’ve done a good job and got the desired reaction, whether that’s a scream, a jump scare or even a laugh. It’s like the round of applause a stage performer would expect.”

Scarefest actor Jack Lewis in action

Rebecca Ochwat, 37, is originally from Wolverhampton but has relocated to Staffordshire to be part of the team.

She said: “I did my first Scarefest in 2006 after playing a lead role in a national touring production of the Bird Cage.

“I went to the first workshop after being recruited and it was like nothing I had been to before. You got to explore your character and I soon learnt that even a zombie needs a backstory. For this you would need to come up with a personality for the zombie and ask yourself ‘who was this zombie before it became infected?’

“Being a scare actor is like going to work in your own horror movie every day and you’re the star of the show! You feed off guest energy. When they are enjoying it and screaming, it really gears you up for the next group nervously coming around the corner.

“I actually come from a family of actors, performers, singers and dancers, and in 2010 both my sisters and my brother were trained to be scare actors. So scare became a real family affair!”

Kieran Kimberley, Creative Manager for Scarefest at Alton Towers Resort, joined the team in 2011 as scare actor and has worked his way up to his current role.

He said: “Scarefest is the busiest and most intense time of the year for us here at Alton Towers Resort. Each year we are continually looking for new ways to spark fear and create immersive experiences, through new technologies and existing methods. It’s led us to be renowned for being the most popular destination for those looking for a seasonal spook and scare.

“We look at emerging trends and popular culture to start crafting an idea, but some ideas are simply my minds’ rolodex of fear! We will then come up with a backstory and work out how this can be communicated to the guest as they experience the maze. This can include what characters, environments and settings we need to create.

“This time of year is a stark contrast to the rest of the theme park season where we have a more light-hearted programme of entertainment, which makes the job incredibly varied and one of the most fun in the world.”

There is more information here: altontowersjobs.com.

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