The Unity College Drama Club knows a thing or two about frightening scenes and will put its thespian skills to good use overseeing a memorable haunted house Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29 and 30 at the Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St.

The students’ haunted house will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday; and from 5 to 11 p.m. Sunday, with 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. less scary version for the young ones. Admission on both days is free and open to the general public.

The haunted house developed through collaboration between a few different student groups, said Jordan Twardy, a Class of ’14 Parks, Recreation and Eco Tourism major from Burnt Hills, N.Y. Organizers include the drama club, role playing game (RPG) club and the woodsmen’s team. Twardy said he expects that additional members of the Unity College community will participate during both days.

A big Halloween fan, Twardy had run a haunted house for four years in his hometown.  When he arrived at Unity College, he hoped to find kindred spirits.

“During my first year at Unity, I noticed that there are a lot of decorations on campus and in the community, but it never seemed to be pulled together into one event,” Twardy said.

A member of the drama club, he suggested that the club become involved in planning a haunted house with a twist. “Our haunted house takes the traditional walk through and scare and adds a storyline to it,” he explained.

The storyline is that the eccentric owner of the house has mysteriously disappeared. The butlers of questionable character are left to run the place. Fifty actors will be spread throughout four rooms.

The owner of the house was a strange man who had unusual interests, Twardy said, so he made rooms in his home that embodied different themes, such as a medical ward and psychiatric ward.

“The actors are housing staff who, in many cases, are pursuing the theme of the room they are in, so you will find doctors and nurses who are locked in their own alternate realities.  What we see as strange, they find to be quite normal,” he said.

Visitors will be taken on a memorable tour through the house in small groups. Each group will have the opportunity to interact with the players, unraveling the mystery of the owner’s disappearance.

Unity College is a small private college in rural Maine that provides dedicated, engaged students with a liberal arts education which emphasizes the environment and natural resources. This year, Unity College was named to the top 30 of the Washington Monthly college rankings; and was one of 18 U.S. colleges and universities named to The Princeton Review’s 2010 Green Rating Honor Roll.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.