Barter Theatre is kicking off its fall repertory with the girl-loves-ghoul rock 'n' roll Off Broadway musical "Zombie Prom," playing through Nov. 10 at Barter Stage II.
"Sometimes even zombies need a little love," said a joking Richard Rose, producing artistic director of Barter Theatre and director of this '50s-style musical romp. "The music is inspired by 1950s doo-wop and rock 'n' roll. It's music you'll be singing as you exit the theater. Barter's cast is really having fun with it, and they sound incredible."
A cross between "Grease" and "Little Shop of Horrors," "Zombie Prom" is set in the the 1950s at Enrico Fermi High -- named after the founder of the atomic bomb -- where the law is laid down by the zany, tyrannical principal Delilah Strict (Hannah Ingram), whose motto is "rules, regulations and respect."
When newcomer Jonny Warner (Stephen Scott Wormley), brings some new ideas to the static students, including the notion that he's going to spell his name without the customary "h," school officials try hard to snuff out his individualism, only making him all the more attractive to pretty senior Toffee (Holly Williams).
Toffee falls head over heels in love with the class bad boy, but family pressure forces her to end the romance. A heartbroken Jonny charges off on his motorcycle to the nuclear waste dump to put an end to it all -- or so everybody thinks.
Three weeks later, Toffee is still troubled by the loss of Jonny, but all the other kids can think about is the upcoming senior prom. Then, a blast from the past comes bursting through the door.
Jonny returns as a glowing nuclear zombie to reclaim Toffee's heart. He still wants to graduate, but most of all he wants to take Toffee to the prom.
The principal orders him to drop dead, while Exposé Magazine reporter Eddie Flagrante (Nick Koesters) sniffs out the story and is determined to give Jonny his day in the court of public opinion.
Other Barter Theatre cast members featured in "Zombie Prom" are Sean Campos, Parris Cromer, Abbey C. Elliot, Justin Tyler Lewis, Wendy Piper and Andrew Slane.
Music director is Steven Sensenig, who also performs with the band, rounded out by Lee Harris and Gill Braswell. Amanda Aldridge choreographs.
"Audiences will have a blast at 'Zombie Prom'," said Lori Hester, Barter's director of patron services. "As I watched the rehearsal, it felt like I took a step back in time to a 1950s sock hop and watched the magic of young love unfold as Toffee and Jonny held on to their determination to be together. I'm still singing the songs from the show."
This fall Barter Theatre will also produce "Tarzan: The Stage Musical" and the world-premieres of "October, Before I Was Born" and "The Wind Farmer," as well as Cormac McCarthy's "The Sunset Limited."
Tickets to "Zombie Prom" are $30, $33 and $36 for adults, and $18 for ages 17 and younger.
To purchase tickets or for more information, call Barter's box office at (276) 628-3991 or visit www.bartertheatre.com.
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