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Lagoon job frightfully delightful for director

Brittani and Trent Brown performed at Lagoon in 1996 and 1997.
Brittani and Trent Brown performed at Lagoon in 1996 and 1997.

FARMINGTON — Figuring out ways to scare people might not sound like everyone's idea of fun, but for Layton resident Brittani Brown, spooking people is right up her alley.

As Lagoon's entertainment production manager, Brown oversees all the scary stations and shows for Frightmares.

"I work hand-in-hand with artistic director Ken Plain," Brown said. "He creates the shows, and then I produce and make sure everything goes smoothly."

Brown works for Lagoon year round but helps produce more shows during the Frightmares season than Lagoon's summer season.

This year's Hackenslash Chainsaw Demonstration Team, which is a dancing troupe of crazy butchers, was her favorite.

"They are my favorite not only because of their amazing show, but because of the people in the shows," Brown said. "They do a wonderful job."

Brown began her Lagoon entertainment career as a performer in 1994 when she landed a role in the Music USA show.

Last summer, when there was an opening for a management position in Lagoon's entertainment department, Brown decided to offer her own suggestions for how to improve the department. Rather than passing her ideas on to a new director, Lagoon management decided to hire Brown for the position.

"I've always, always enjoyed performing as a hobby," Brown said. "I never honestly thought I'd get the chance to make a career out of it."

Thinking entertainment wasn't an option, Brown decided to get an elementary education degree. She completed her degree in 2000 and taught the third grade for one year before having her second child, Sadie.

Brown was a stay-at-home mom before becoming entertainment director last summer.

"This opportunity came, and it's just blown me away with what I could do and stay stable," Brown said.

Throughout the year, Brown has anywhere from 35-50 entertainers. Most of the performers are local residents who perform part-time.

"They are normal, regular people during the day and then come and have fun for us at night," Brown said.

Not only does Brown enjoy the entertainment aspect of her job, but she said she enjoys the family-oriented nature of Lagoon. Her husband also works in Lagoon in the marketing department.

"Nobody has ever once questioned me about supporting my family and being with my kids," Brown said.

In 1996 and 1997 she and her husband performed together for Lagoon.

"It was so fun," Brown said. "Except we were the worst dance team together because I was always leading him."

Plain has worked for Lagoon for five years. He worked with Brown on a couple of shows before she became the production manager.

"She's great," Plain said. "She's got just a ton of energy, and she's a lot of fun."

After the regular Lagoon season ended, the entertainment department worked quickly to prepare for their Frightmares shows.

"We basically have like four days to change out all the lighting and the set pieces for two of the shows because there is only so much that you can do while the regular season is happening, so it's pretty intense," Plain said.