It might — might — be too much to ask for you to summon your most macabre Halloweentime persona at the height of summer.
Or perhaps you're always ready to get your groan on, and your zombie-like pose, and your impressive werewolf claw hands, even if the thermometer is flirting with three digits.
If this you, dear dastardly fright fan, then prick up your vampire ears and listen: October is on the wind, in the form of the annual auditions for the Queen Mary's Dark Harbor event.
You're right, this is the audition where eerie performers are wanted, the kind of creature-mimicking humans who can assume an undead role, night after night, for a few weeks come fall. You might be a clown, or a 1940s songstress, or the captain of a ship; fantasy casting doesn't come much more monstrous than at our region's major Halloween maze events.
The dates? Rev up your scary face and shamble for the Long Beach landmark on Friday, July 15 or Saturday, July 16. (Friday auditions are in the evening, and Saturday is a daytime thing.)
Signing up? You'll need to do so, ahead of time, online. Here's the form. Don't just stomp over to Long Beach, Frankenstein-like, without registering first.
If you can't go too scary, but you can juggle, or sing, or perform magic, or you excel at acrobatics, your fantastic talents may be needed.
Likewise, ushers, greeters, and other needed staffers will be part of the team, so even if you can't be out front with the frightastic crew, you may be able to lend your abilities to the large seasonal production.
"(H)undreds of performers" are needed for the September-into-October spectacular, an event that's billed as "the only Halloween attraction in Southern California that's authentically haunted."
You're not 'fraid to go to the famous ocean-liner are you? Even though ghost sightings are said to be a regular thing, up 'round its decks and smokestacks?
Good. Then get your ghoul on, early, for your Halloween-style tryout at the Queen Mary.