Scranton Cultural Center will join world wide effort to break record for largest simultaneous flash mob
SCRANTON — The Cultural Center is going all out this Halloween season. The historic center for the arts is attempting to help break the world record for the largest simultaneous dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” by participating in Thrill the World 2015, a global flash mob to the iconic 1982 hit. The world record — to date — is a total of 22,923 participants from Thrill the World 2009.
The event will take place outside of the Cultural Center, on North Washington Avenue, at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24.
Emily Gress, development manager for the Cultural Center, said Scranton is only one participating location. She said more than 100 other locations will join the effort to break the record. “There are events all around the world,” Gress said. “Everywhere from California to Australia, China, and Mexico. Groups from all over the globe will be dancing the exact same choreography on the same day, same time.”
Stephanie Goforth is among this year’s participants. The art and humanities conservatory manager for Commonwealth Connections Academy, a statewide public cyber school, will be there with more than 20 students. “Our students will get the well-rounded experience of being part of a theatrical production,” Goforth said. “This will teach them how to work with the community and collaborate on a project.”
Students from Commonwealth Connections Academy will provide a professional theatrical makeup lesson to participants at 5 p.m.
Everyone taking part in the event is asked to dress up as a zombie, or, if dressing up isn’t their cup of tea, they can wear the Thrill the World T-Shirt provided with registration, Gress said.
Dance lessons begin at 5 p.m. and will occur until the global flash mob kicks off. Registration is $15 for adults and $10 for children and students with a valid school ID. All proceeds will help fund the ongoing operations, restoration, and programming of the Cultural Center.
Gress said constant up-keeps are needed for the arts center, ranging from roof repairs to routine maintenance.
“It’s very expensive to run and maintain a building of this magnitude, so every little bit counts,” Gress said. “Also, fundraisers such as Thrill the World help support our programs, including children’s programs and community events.”
Gress said it’s important to support the Cultural Center to allow the community to learn and explore the arts. “And what better way is there to support the arts than by dressing up like a zombie and dancing in the street with your friends and family,” she said.
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