Every Friday and Saturday throughout the rest of October, you can visit the Kim Institute, a cursed asylum-themed haunted house, in Leesburg! Organized as a fundraiser for the Melon Patch Theatre, this highly-detailed and immersive walkthrough attraction is FILLED with riveting show scenes, engaging performer interactions, shocking special effects, and stunning set pieces. We had the awesome opportunity to visit Asylum during its media preview, and IT IS INCREDIBLE! Thank you, Stage Fright (the creators of the Asylum haunted house) and Melon Patch Theatre, for inviting us out.
About Stage Fright
Asylum was designed and produced by Stage Fright – an all-volunteer group of horror and performance enthusiasts. Using the actual stage, auditorium, and green room of the Melon Patch Theatre, Stage Fright creates innovative and original haunted trails. Changing the theme and story each year, these haunts utilize the time and talent of experienced entertainment professionals – some from the local theme parks!
For more information about this talented group of people, visit floridahaunts.net.
About Melon Patch Theatre
If you’re a fan of live theater and performance art, check out the regional Melon Patch Theatre. Presenting a varied selection of musicals and plays, the upcoming season includes shows such as Calendar Girls and Young Frankenstein!
For a full listing of the Melon Patch Theatre’s performance schedule, check out melonpatchplayers.org.
Asylum – An Immersive Walkthrough Experience
This year’s spooky fundraiser features an asylum theme with gory, medical facility-inspired imagery, creepy characters, and skin-crawling scenes. As always, the brand new and original story was created by solely by the Stage Fright team. Check it out below.
Driven mad by the gruesome murder of his wife and daughter at the hands of one of his own patients brilliant psychotherapist Dr. Matthew Toboggan now toils endlessly in the basement of this home for the criminally insane. An area known only as unit 81…
…Those who work at The Kim Institute live in fear that one day, one of Dr Toboggans victims will escape.
Today is that day
Our Visit to the Kim Institute
As a HUGE fan of Stage Fright and their incredibly spooky and immersive experiences, I was so excited to visit this group’s 2023 creation. Upon arriving at the Kim Institute, I was ushered into a super creepy pre-show complete with live actors and a realistic elevator. I took the lift to Unit 81 to begin my unsettling journey through the eerie corridors and sinister scenery!
I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but I will tell you that my visit to the Kim Institute was filled with screams, gore, and terrifyingly personal performer interactions. As I walked through the ill-fated facility, I encountered laboratories, medical units, operating rooms, and of course, a morgue. As always, Stage Fright created detailed and captivating environments for an unforgettable experience!
Freaky Thoughts: Stage Fright’s Asylum
As I previously stated, I am a HUGE fan of Stage Fright and their immersively terrifying haunts and walkthrough experiences. As a group of stage actors and theater enthusiasts, Stage Fright continuously creates unique attractions with fascinating stories, creepy characters, and innovative scare tactics. This year includes more special effects and impressive scares than ever before to create an even more memorable Halloween event. DO NOT MISS this year’s Asylum haunt!
Planning Your Trip to The Kim Institute
Tickets to Asylum are only $10 per adult or $5 for children 12 and under. All proceeds benefit The Melon Patch Theatre. The haunt will run Fridays and Saturdays from 7-10pm for the rest of October. Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to have some Halloween fun – all while supporting the performing arts!