RE: Do You Get To "Act"? –
When I first began working in haunts, due to my physical size, I tended to play characters such as gorillas, hunchbacks or, what was to become my signature role, The Wolf Man. I'd growl, snarl, leap over ralings and mine was quaranteed to be the one scene where people would come to a screeching halt, fearful of trying to pass me.
"Warren Vanderdark" was a major stretch for me, in that, while I'm still a large, heavy-set guy (think a cross between Victor Buono and Vincent Price), it's the kind of role that utilizes a sense of charm with a mixture of sinister intent. I'll be official sounding while telling people rules they'll be needing to follow, but I'll also set them on edge by slipping in an eveil sounding chuckle at various points during my speech. ("whaaat?! What's he laughing at?!") A favorite thing I like to do is when there's a patron (usually a young woman) who has her eyes tightly closed and her head pressing into the shoulder blades of the boyfriend in front of her, I'll lean in close and whisper, "Just because you can't see them doesn't mean they can't see YOU"
"We all go a little mad sometimes..."
- Norman Bates