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  1. Default How to keep from being exhausted? 
    Laura Wilson Guest
    This will be my first time ever volunteering at a local haunted house. My friend and I are supposed to be kidnapped girls that have been tortured/cut up, and our killer is in the room getting ready to cut us open. Meanwhile there will be an insane dentist pulling teeth. Pretty sick!

    Both my friend and I are excellent screamers. We're also great at being scared. However, it is physically exhausting to look genuinely scared over and over. Not to mention the toll it takes on your voice. We're trying to take turns screaming. One will be on a table crying and begging to escape. Crying takes more energy than you would think! We just want it to be believable.

    Anyone have any advice on how to keep this up (and still have a voice) all night?


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    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Valley AL
    The best advice I can give is honey lemon cough drops when you can.
    Don't go shrill keep your screams at the lower range of your voice the upper range and mid range are usually the first two to go when you lose your voice.
    Turn the volume down some. if your running at 100 percent the entire time you’re not going to make it pace yourself and turn it down to about 75 percent. Try to keep hydrated drink lots of water and avoid anything like sodas the day before and the day after your work.
    hot tea with honey and some lemon juice after the shows if you can and also if your voice is getting really strained and your throat is hurting gargle warm salt water.
    If there is a group of you, you could rotate whom is doing what one can scream one can cry and one could just be curled up in the fetal position twitching rotate after each one to give a small break. Just a few ideas. Also keep in mind if your character has been tortured allot how much scream or fight is going to be left in them shock has probably set in and some of them may just be trying to crawl away desperately.
    Hopefully someone else can add some more things to this.
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    Join Date
    May 2010
    Sweet Home Alabama
    if you lose your voice on sunday itll be back by thursday or friday and itll be stronger than ever! One thing for me and my friend which might not be the healthiest thing to do but we purposefully try to lose our voice first weekend, because after that we can go strong all season. Of course not without lots of halls, water and everything else already mentioned above! They really nailed it on the head on volume and what to drink!

    But one thing you could do instead of like a carried out loud scream is just a shot burst then followed by saying "no No NO!" or "please no! Stop!" anything like that. just keep it on a lower volume. Just think like crying while you say that. The first initial loud scream (or you can even do it after you say something) will startle the group. plus the talking adds to the effect that youre really worried

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    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Near Charlotte NC
    Avoid sodas and energy drinks. They do nothing for your voice and can cause a bad crash that will not do you or anyone else any good.

    Warm up your voice for at least 20 minutes before opening. Practice things to say with the other characters in the room and learn specific lines that can achieve maximum scare without damaging your voice.

    Stretch and warm up your muscles before you open so you don't cramp. If your haunt gives breaks, take them.

  5. Default Tips from experience 
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    I would not recommend losing your voice on purpose. It took over a week for a girl in my haunt to finally get her voice back and it wasn't the same after that because she was afraid to lose it again. She didn't want to lose it again.
    Practicing would help in conditioning your voice box before the haunt starts as mentioned previously.
    Take care of that voice box from day one. A great screamer is a vital tool in a haunt.
    Keep a bottle of water, tea or honey mixture by your side at all times. If the haunt owner has a problem with it, tell him you are protecting your voice to last the whole season. If he is a true haunter, he will already understand and will make sure you're taken care of.
    Also, just check with a local pharmasist on what's best for what you're doing (liquids, cough drops and such). It certainly wouldn't hurt and that's there job.
    And you might try going every other time on screaming. Others in the haunt will still hear your scream which gets them as well. Nothing like hearing a girl screaming somewhere in a haunt

    Main thing, if you have a great scream, take very good care of it so it will last all season.

    Good luck.
    Creator of the Dungeon

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    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    I like Ricola throat drops. They seem to help keep my voice the longest. Warming up is very important to get ready and altering your pitch of your scream can help too. Don't always use the same pitch, intensity, with each scream to avoid putting all the stress and strain on one vocal point. Moans and whimpers can also "beef out " the screams and give your vocal cords a break.

    I usually mildy lose my voice after a night of growling at patrons, but it comes back by morning. That's kinda my warning sign to know I'm gonna overdo it if I push much more in one night.

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