|The Vampire Crypt|
The mausoleum was constructed with an 'L' shape design so that from the approaching side it looked like it was 8 foot by 12 foot. But there was an additional room that was 4 foot by 8 foot on the back with a black cloth covering to conceal the chamber. A hole was cut into the right side wall with jagged edges to resemble a broken wall segments. Boards were stretched across the cut out, and attached the cutout to the rest of the structure with Velcro. Black plastic was also hung on all exposed walls so the baclk cloth wouldn't stand out, and any light coming through the cutout wall wouldn't show through. A coffin is placed on a table inside the main chamber and against the left wall. Also, there is a strobe light attached in the front right corner, and a black light affixed above the entrance door (which is centered on the front wall). the controls for the lights are run along the wall and into the secret room in the back corner of the mausoleum for the vampire hiding there.
When the audience enters the chamber, they see a 8 foot by 12 foot room bathed in black light and a coffin to their left. Suddenly an actress dressed as a vampiress pops out of the coffin and warns them of the approaching master vampire to come. Then the back light is turned off, and the strobe is turn on while a vampire jumps through the curtain hanging on the back wall. The vampire attacks the guide and throws them through the wall. When a person was thrown through the wall section, it was knocked off, and the guide's body landed perfectly on the board. This took a little practice so as not to hurt the guide, but I was able to fly through there in about two or three throws. It looked pretty cool when seen in the daylight, but even better while at night.
The building itself was created with 2x4's and 4x4's in a vertical direction every four feet. Then 4x8 sheets of plywood were attached to the wooded studs with bolts. After all the walls were up, a long 12 foot 4x4 was stretched across the main chamber to allow a roof to be added. Likewise a 8 foot member was stretched across the curtain wall to support the ceiling in that area. After the structure was built, it was painted with latex house paint with texture mixed in the paint.