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Halloween Horror Nights Orlando attraction
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Puppet Theatre: Captive Audience
Attraction type Haunted House
Event Halloween Horror Nights 30
Park Universal Studios Florida
Area World Expo
Year 2021
Housed in Sprung Tent 1
Based on Original

Puppet Theatre: Captive Audience was one of the ten haunted houses that were featured during Halloween Horror Nights 30. It was located in Sprung Tent 1.

History and Location[]

Puppet Theatre was one of the ten haunted houses that were planned to be featured during Halloween Horror Nights 30 in 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was canceled. On October 27th, 2020, a short video previewing this house was officially released. It revealed many scenes and scares within the haunted house, and also revealed that the house would return the following year during Halloween Horror Nights 30. This house would be added to the site on August 12, 2021.

In 2006, Universal built two hurricane-proof tents behind the World Expo area of the park specifically for holding Halloween Horror Nights haunted houses. This house would be located in the southernmost one (called Sprung Tent 1).


A puppeteer and a ballet troupe trapped in a deserted theatre for years are about to turn you into a human puppet. That's your cue to scream.

Open scene: A creepy abandoned old theater from early 1900s San Francisco. A puppeteer and a ballet troupe have been trapped there ever since, and they’d kill for an audience. Whether you’re a puppet or a patron, that’s your cue to scream.

  • All the blood will drain from your face as you see the Green Room run red with blood.
  • Your horror grows as you come upon grotesque living marionettes made from severed limbs.
  • If you manage to escape their gory puppetry, then you’ll become a part of the skeletal audience rotting in place.

Guests are transported to San Francisco’s abandoned Grandeur Theatre in the early 1900’s. They’ll find the Pasek’s Puppet Troupe trapped within its ruins in the midst of rehearsing for their next grisly performance. With a fanatical need to entertain any captive audience, the troupe has turned to transforming trespassers into living puppets – dismantling and sewing them back together as life-sized marionettes for additions to their horrific encore. Will guests escape in one piece or will it be their final curtain call? No matter what, the show must go on…

Production Die-Ries[]

A Captive Audience

The show must go on! No matter what. The year is 1917 and the Grandeur Theater, once among the most opulent playhouses in the country, has fallen into disrepair. Its stage had once been graced by the biggest and brightest touring talent the theater world had ever seen. Now in its final days, the theater's last offerings are The Gurian Republic Ballet and Pasek's Puppet Troupe. Several minutes after the ballet players left the stage, the disaster struck leaving Pasek's puppeteers trapped...forever.

Now the curtain rises each night on a twisted performance by demented "artists" who've devolved into psychopathic monsters. And you're the captive audience they crave.


Around the turn of the 20th century, Pasek's Puppet Troupe from Eastern Europe set up shop at the Grandeur Theatre in San Francisco. They were later joined by the Gurian Ballet group. One day, the theatre collapsed due to an earthquake, trapping the Puppet Troupe, Ballet Group, and patrons inside. All of the trapped people slowly went mad. The Puppet Troupe began taking the patrons and mutilating them by turning them into puppets.



  • "I'm still rehearsing!" - Exotic Dancer Troupe Member
  • "Shhh. Shush you. Besides, the show must go on." - White Mask Troupe Member
  • "Oooo we have an audience! I hope you enjoy... the show!"- French Fashion Troupe Member
  • "To be or not to be!? That is the question! Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer! Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio! God has given you one face and you make yourselves another! Madness in great ones must not unwatched go! The Lady doth protest too much, methinks!" - Shakespearean Troupe Member




  • The Creative team did really traditional puppets, most notably Eastern European traditions and more avant garde theatrical performances to form and shape the house.
  • The choice of using Pasek for the name of the Puppet Troupe is a reference to songwriters, Pasek and Paul, who both have written songs for various popular Broadway Musicals.
  • The HHN design team imagined a world of dystopian madness where "new puppets" were fashioned out of salvaged body parts. The puppeteers donned hideous masks that resembled their favorite manikins and the audience was trapped as part of the show "that must go on!"
  • The Gurian Republic was a real country in the early 1900s, although it lasted only for several years. Because they wanted an air of authenticity, the design team used it as the country of origin for the touring troupe.
  • On the facade it said "Under the Direction of Chas. Gray. Music by M. Cordeo" which was a reference to Charles Gray and Manuel Cordeo who both designed the house.
  • Two letters have fallen off of the Grandeur Theatre marquee: The letter A and the letter D. This is an intentional reference to the Art and Design department.
  • The face of the person on the Theatre Du Chatelet Chaliapine Poster in the hall right after the facade is very similar to the Troupe Member behind the mirror in the Makeup Room.
  • In the dressing room, there were various team member costumes. One of particular notice was the costume of the now defunct Dragon Challenge ride at Universal's Islands of Adventure [1].
  • The Theatre scene was one of the largest rooms ever done in a Sprung Tent. [2].
  • Unlike most props HHN guests encounter as they make their way through the houses, the harp in Puppet Theatre was real and was imported from Pakistan.
  • Perhaps the most disturbing puppet is one guests encountered at the end of their entrapment. It was designed and created completely by the HHN Art & Design make up team.
  • The Billy Puppet from Dead Silence: The Curse of Mary Shaw was featured in this House as a Easter Egg in the Ballerina Room.


Halloween Horror Nights 30
Characters: Jack the Clown (Event Icon)  • Beetlejuice  • Bent-Neck Lady  • The Bride of Frankenstein  • Leatherface  • The Caretaker  • The Director  • The Storyteller  • The Usher  • Lady Luck  • Chance  • Fear  • Tooth Fairies  • Pumpkin Lord  • Boris Shuster  • Eddie Schmidt  • Terra Queen  • The Controller
Haunted Houses: Beetlejuice • The Haunting of Hill House  • Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre  • HHN Icons: Captured  • Welcome to SCarey: Horror in the Heartland  • Case Files Unearthed: Legendary Truth  • Puppet Theatre: Captive Audience  • The Wicked Growth: Realm of the Pumpkin  • Revenge of the Tooth Fairy
Scarezones: 30 Years 30 Fears  • Seek and Destroy  • Crypt TV  • Gorewood Forest  • Lights Camera Hacktion: Eddie's Revenge
Shows: Halloween Nightmare Fuel  • Marathon of Mayhem: Carnage Factory