Sat 10/26 @ 8PM
Yes, it’s always seemed to me like an odd theme for a benefit/party: Edgar Allan Poe’s short story The Masque of the Red Death, in which partygoers die of a horrible plague they believe they have protected themselves against at a masked ball at Prince Prospero’s Castle. Of course, one of the masked revelers turns out to be … the Red Death. But the hundreds of people who flock to the Akron Civic Theatre’s annual The Masque of the Red Death Masquerade Party, a Halloween celebration, seem to love it. It’s now in its 10th year.
Partygoers are invited to sport their most extravagant costumes and masks — and reliably, they do, making the other-people-watching at this event almost as much fun as dressing up yourself. The party inside the equally extravagant Moorish-style theater, once slated for demolition but now being gradually restored, includes food, drink and music by Theresa rose and the Dearly Departed in the Grand Lobby at 8pm and dancing on the theater’s stage starting at 9pm. Throughout the theater there will be entertainers of all sorts including strolling musicians, dancers, tarot card readers, jugglers, tattoo artists and more.
In addition, partygoers can participate in collecting clues that revel who among them is the Red Death — whose identity is revealed at midnight.
Tickets are $75, which includes food and a full bar. It’s 21 and over only.