If you’re looking for something really different to do, or something really incredible to witness, the return of “Thrill the World” comes to Bethlehem this weekend. Saturday, October 23rd, from 6-8PM at the Bethlehem YMCA parking lot) The event will happen rain or, no rain (Don’t say “shine”, because it is at night afterall) – no weather stops a zombie gathering.
What is Thrill the World? An annual worldwide simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” (Bet you’re singing the bass line now, aren’t ya? You know the tune. Give yourself permission to nod your head.) This year’s organizers hope to double the number of participants from last year. Readers still have time to learn the dance from the national website “Learn the Dance” section. There’s also time for a few lessons and runs before the “official” dance. That starts at 5:30PM.
When the dance is over, the organizers (mostly young community volunteers) are putting together a haunted house for the kids. It’ll be great fun for families who want to escape inside the YMCA. Good chance to check out their other programming as well.
It shouldn’t take too long to scrap together a zombie costume. There’s lots of second hand stores in the area to find clothes ready to be transformed by your creativity. And if you have some spare cash – the event is also a fundraiser for the Pennsylvania Youth Theatre. PYT’s mission is to educate, entertain and enrich the lives of young people through the art of theatre.
In Bethlehem, PA we are proud to have a young citizen who has made this event not only open to anyone who wants to bring out their inner zombie, but to participate in the dance or help make it happen. Austin Nebbia is an 11th grader attending the Lehigh Valley Performing Arts Charter School. This is his second year taking on the GI-NORMOUS task of organizing the event. Read more about it in the Morning Call article here.
If you want a better idea, here’s the video of Bethlehem’s Thrill the World 2009.
If you have any more questions about it – please call the PYT office at 610-332-1400.