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Symphony Spooktacular brings out heroes, princesses (video)

By Jessica Rodrigo
Oct. 17, 2013 at 5:17 a.m.

The Victoria Symphony Orchestra percussionists make their way down the aisle of the Victoria Fine Arts Center to take the stage during the Symphonic Spooktacular on Thursday. All of the members of the orchestra performed while dressed in Halloween costumes at the annual event.

The Victoria Fine Arts Center was overrun with princesses, butterflies and superheroes during the annual Symphony Spooktacular on Thursday night.

There were even a few parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles dressed up alongside the costumed children.

Grandmothers Jessica Stone, 55, and Norma Babelford, 45, brought their grandchildren to the event to watch the Victoria Ballet Theatre perform to classical music directed by Darryl One of the Victoria Symphony.

Stone wore a Superwoman T-shirt complete with a red cape to participate in the fun of Symphony Spooktacular. Their grandchildren were each dressed up for the event. Eva Brogger, 8, was Wednesday from the Adams Family; Leo McLaurin, 2, was Dracula; and Lila Brogger, 5, was Cleopatra.

Stone said coming to the event was something she did with her son when he was younger and is now something she can bring her grandchildren to enjoy as well.

For Babelford, it was her first time at the event. She was ready at a moment's notice to snap a picture of Leo when the time was just right.

"He's so serious right now," she said as he pouted silently. "But the kids, they enjoy it."

Veronica Cano wore a costume that matched her daughter's monkey costume. She was clad in a soft, bright yellow banana costume with her arms wrapped around 13-month-old Liliana.

Cano remembers performing on stage with the Victoria Ballet Theatre during the first year of the Symphony Spooktacular and was happy to take her daughter to the show, she said.

Liliana has a monkey at home that she just loves, Cano said, so she decided to dress her up as one.

"I didn't want her to dress up alone, so I went as a banana," Cano said.

There were many costumes that stood out in the crowd, including some with glitter and sparkles.

Carol Walters, 44, helped her nieces dress up for the event by making a few alterations to some junior prom dresses. Standing near her nieces, Hope Stewart, 12; Kaylee Vargas, 8; and Alexandra Vargas, 6 - she waited to enter the auditorium where the stage was still empty, but the seats were filling up.

Dressed as an undead bride, a vampire and a snowflake princess, the girls looked as though they were ready for a ball.

It took Walters about three days to complete the alterations and add beads and spiders, but she was happy to put in the work.

"I love to do this kind of stuff," she said. "The girls like to dress up, and they were excited to wear the costumes."

The symphony members also joined in the fun and dressed in their own costumes. There was Hell Boy and Luke Skywalker, just to name a couple. One, dressed as the Green Arrow, built the classical lineup around heroes and included songs from the Harry Potter, Superman and Indiana Jones movies.

Stone bought tickets in the lobby when her family arrived at the show for her group.

"The kids love it," said Stone. "They love the dancing and love to see all the kids in costumes."



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