After a sold-out screening of Drunk on Shakespeare the way you like it, Middle Kingdom Creatives (MKC) are back with scream night, a series of short Halloween-themed plays. As with any show produced by MKC, there’s bound to be plenty of fun and surprises in store, so what better way to embrace the spooky season than to secure yourself a ticket to one of their three performances (21-22 October) before Halloween?
To find out a bit more about what to expect from the show I spoke to scream night producer Ryan Usher.
Hi Ryan, it’s great talking with you! First of all, can you explain a bit what scream night is and what do you have in store for us?
It’s great talking with you too! scream night will be an evening of short plays, produced by Middle Kingdom Creatives, all centered around a Halloween theme, some spooky, some funny and some dramatic. Plus, there will also be opportunities to win amazing prizes!
Where did the idea come from? scream night comes from?
Last February, MKC teamed up with Date Night China to host an evening of short plays centered around the theme of love and it was so much fun that we wanted to try it again with a different theme. Of course, since it was that time of year, we all thought Halloween would be a perfect fit.
How can people buy tickets and when will they go on sale?
What an important question! People can scan the QR code on our poster [see bottom of article] to get their tickets and need to do it quickly; our last three shows sold out in less than 4 days! [Tickets went on sale yesterday Oct 9].
How did you find the cast of the series?
We spread the word about our MKC WeChat group by asking people to submit a short monologue and we were thrilled to have such an amazing number of talented people submitting auditions!
Is this your first time producing a show like this or have you produced any other shows in the past?
I’ve produced many different types of shows in the past, however, I’ve never produced a show with so much emphasis on collaboration. With six different directors and six different plays, there are a lot of moving parts. Luckily all of our directors do a phenomenal job and of course our actors too which means it was an absolute joy to produce!
How did you get involved in the Beijing theater scene?
During quarantine, a group of like-minded friends and I all found ourselves with the mission of making art here in Beijing. We talked about how we know so many talented people here in the city: actors, writers, directors and so on, who are, for the most part, hungry for a place where they can express themselves. So we created Middle Kingdom Creatives as a way for those looking to perform or produce to have a community where we can do great things together!
Do you have any other events planned after this one?
Absolutely! Over the next few months, we will be having a “theatre night” where people can come and meet MKC members while taking part in an engaging acting workshop. We’re also launching our “Musical Theater Club” where musical theater nerds (like me) can meet and sing along! Next year we’ll have a Panto (a comedy piece with acting, singing and lots of outrageous over acting) which will be a hilarious parody of Robin Hoodas well as a dramatic one-act play entitled Happiness.
How can people get involved in future events or shows?
By adding the Middle Kingdom Creatives WeChat (ID: MKCreatives)! We post regularly, informing our members of upcoming auditions and events. We are always excited to add new talented people to our team!
“Shriek Night” will be held on October 21 at 8 p.m., October 22 at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at 金尚 JinShang, tickets cost 120 RMB, scan the QR code in the poster above to purchase them.
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