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Killer Katie
02-06-2013, 02:26 PM
I am doing some research, and would like to ask owners a question.
Do you have a Cast Manager?
If you don't, why?
How many actors do you have on average?
Thanks in advance!!

02-06-2013, 03:26 PM
150 paid actors

02-06-2013, 07:23 PM
Yes, 6
100+ Paid employees

Jim Warfield
02-06-2013, 10:23 PM
37 ghosts live within this house says a psychic. none of them are paid.
During "The Season" we accumulate hired,paid help as warranted ,the weekends always busier, of course and my Wife, Jessica handles them ,schedules them does the state paperwork on them which frees me up to just mostly do the front room the first room because "You never get a second chance to make a great first impression!" It sets the tone. IF they happen to be tone deaf, they get an eye-full!
If we ever had 20 or more employees I would own a really good Bullwhip! you betcha!
I would letter it on the side it's name would be "Manager!"
It would be a butt-biting whipper-snapper! A nasty crack finds their nasty crack!

02-07-2013, 06:07 AM
150 volunteer staff

02-07-2013, 06:35 AM
Yes, one main cast mananger and severl helpers.
Sound and tech manager
Make-up and costume manager
100+ paid actors

Killer Katie
02-07-2013, 03:07 PM
You are all confirming my theories :)

02-09-2013, 12:39 AM
You are all confirming my theories :)

. . . which are?


Jim Warfield
02-09-2013, 01:18 AM
Crack the whip,make them dance! Insist they ask you "How high?" If you don't use the whip they will goof-off?
Some will respond well to such a thing, some will not..no surprise?

Killer Katie
02-09-2013, 02:17 PM
that a cast manager is a necessity :)

02-09-2013, 03:10 PM
Regarding a cast manager, what duties are you expecting this person to fulfil?

And those with 10-150 paid actors, is this a pool of actors that you work and schedule from or is it that many nightly?


02-09-2013, 10:51 PM
Your right Katie managers are a necessity for us. I cant be everywhere at once and I rely on my managers to maintain their sections and staff.
We have a
Ticket booth manager
Security/parking lot manager
Concessions manager
Makeup manager
Costume managers 3 haunts
Crew managers and assistants 3 haunts
Operations manager/ prop repair/ daily maint.

To answer your question. The 100+ is a daily requirement to operate all 3 haunted attractions. This is including security/ concessions etc.

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Lori Herndon Teibel
02-10-2013, 02:41 PM
Yes. Last year was our first year.
We had about 30 actors, most were volunteer, but we paid our "guides" to make sure we had reliable people walking through at all times that could report any issues. Our cast manager was paid, and once everyone was in place, he helped entertain the queue line.

Killer Katie
02-10-2013, 07:30 PM
I am teaching a class at MHC this year, and am just gathering the info at this point for actor count and if you have a cast manager at this point.
As for duties, etc (based on the previous post), thise are going to be addressed in the class.
Thanks for the data :)