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The following appeared on September 26, 2012 in the

Halloween Light Show Starts Saturday in Old Floresta.

By Marci Shatzman
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted September 26, 2012

    Starting this Saturday will give Rick Newman a leg up on his annual Halloween sound, light and laser show, one of two back-to-back holiday attractions he stages as fundraisers in Old Floresta.

    "The earlier start could bring in more money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation," said Newman, who raised $4,000 last year on his corner property at Ninth Avenue and Seventh Street.

    Newman spends thousands of his own money on his Halloween and Christmas/Chanukah displays at 699 NW Ninth Ave. in what has become a Boca Raton tradition. Thousands of people watch and listen by standing on the street, or sit in their car and tune into 107.3 FM for the soundtrack.

The Halloween show will run for 90 minutes and repeat from 7 to 10 p.m. every night through Halloween, Wednesday, Oct. 31. That night only, dancers will re-enact Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video at 7, 8 and 9 p.m., Newman said.

    Julie Coursey, owner of Jewels Dance Studio in the Shops at Loggers Run in West Boca, said the "Thriller" show lasts about 6 minutes. "We run this just for them, and the students do their own costuming and their own makeup and hair for the show," Coursey said.

    Her cast of 25 will range from age 6 to 18. Jonathan Eisely, 16, plays Michael Jackson. "He's been dancing for seven years and does all the moves," she said.

    "Our kids are really excited, and last year they even performed in the rain," she said. "Make-A-Wish is one of the charities we haven't given to, so the kids realize they're helping kids and they love doing any performance that's for a good cause.''

    Middle school students Lauren Wulf and Rachel Englander will sell hot chocolate, popcorn and water as usual and sales go to Make-A-Wish.

    Newman plans on using multicolor laser projections this year, but he doesn't want to give away all his secrets. "I want my new animatronics to be a surprise," he said. Last year, a talking, disembodied head was particularly popular with the kids.

    A former sound and light designer for rock concerts, resorts and nightclubs, Newman is in his element when the shows start. "The economy is down and this takes their mind off their problems for a little while," he said. "Come and have a great time and donate whatever you can to Make-A-Wish."

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