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Escape the Abandoned Lunatic Asylum at Prescott Valley Performing Arts
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19 October 2017  
Prescott Valley Performing Arts Escape the Abandoned Lunatic Asylum features many realistic looking props to bring people into the experience. All Photos by: Torrence Dunham
Prescott Valley Performing Arts Multi-Room Experience Takes Place Thursday, October 19th through Tuesday, October 31st 

PRESCOTT VALLEY- Insane Dr. Bakody welcomes people to his abandoned lunatic asylum at the Prescott Valley Performing Arts to participate in a challenge. A team must go through the twisted maze of riddles, puzzles, and clues in one hour and find the only way out.

“They will experience a multi-room escape experience,” said Prescott Valley Performing Arts Board of Directors Member Kathy Smith, who was one of the individuals behind the creation of the escape room. “It gets creepier progressively. You’ll have to escape each room until you get to the end.”

The Abandoned Lunatic Asylum is Prescott Valley Performing Arts’ second escape room, now taking on a multi-room challenge instead of the single-room experience offered in June.

“A multi-room escape room is something that is not done,” said Prescott Valley Performing Arts House Manager Andrew Ballard, mentioning construction began in late September. “It’s a lot of work, it’s a lot of building. It’s a time-consuming effort making sure everything fits within the time frames. We want it to be challenging but we want you to get through it.”

Through creative messages, beautiful room design and newspaper clippings, a darker story is revealed as individuals make their way through the escape room.

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“The story unfolds as you go from room to room,” Ballard said. “As you get through and solve puzzles and codes and riddles…this abandoned lunatic asylum takes on a story...you understand what happened in there and you feel like you were a part of that.”

After a few test runs, the asylum opens its doors to the public on Thursday, October 19th, at 6 pm. Following the strong reaction to the first escape room and the amount of presale tickets to the latest experience, it appears escape rooms will become an integral part of the Prescott Valley Performing Arts.

“The escape room thought process is one we are intrigued with, it’s a good spot for us when we are in between production of actual plays and shows,” Ballard said. “This is something that seems to be well received up here. We had a lot of people come to that first one, we had a lot of good feedback on it.”

Individuals can take part in the escape room challenge October 19th through October 31st on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Thursday and Friday times are 6 pm and 8 pm, while Saturday and Sunday time slots are 12 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm, 6pm, and 8 pm. On Halloween, individuals can go through the challenge at 4 pm, 6 pm and 8 pm.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased on the Prescott Valley Performing Arts’ official website

Torrence Dunham

Torrence Dunham is a multimedia journalist who graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.  Torrence is our PrescottValleyeNews.com Correspondent covering local news and events in Prescott Valley. He is also the lead sports correspondent and play-by-play pro for all our multimedia news sites. If he's not adding to his extensive sports bobble-head collection, he's talking baseball, his favorite. Follow him on Twitter: @Tadunham.