‘Evil Dead the Musical’ to open at Humboldt State in time for Halloween


ARCATA, Ca. (KIEM) – A heads up for horror and comedy lovers along the North Coast, students at Humboldt State University are gearing up to entertain. A production of Canadian rock-musical, ‘Evil Dead the Musical’, is scheduled to open to the public this Friday. Here is the rest of the show dates:

From Humboldt State University:

The Theatre, Film and Dance Department at Humboldt State University presents Evil Dead The Musical, a Canadian rock musical stage play with book and lyrics by George Reinblatt and music by Frank Cipolla, Christopher Bond, Melissa Morris and George Reinblatt, based on the Evil Dead film series. Originally adapted for a musical theatre class at Queen’s University in Ontario, the show was first performed on stage in 2003 at the Tranzac club in Toronto, instantly became a hit and eventually moved on to an off-Broadway run in 2006.  Many regional productions of the show have been performed all over the world. Critics praised the show and one critic for The New York Times said the musical “wants to be the next The Rocky Horror Show, and it just may succeed.”

This hilarious script follows five hormonal college students who go to an abandoned cabin in the woods for a short vacation. They discover a 13th-century book of the dead, accidentally play an audiotape of demon-summoning words and are soon being possessed, one at a time, by evil forces.  It’s all up to Ash (a housewares employee turned demon-killing hero) and his trusty chainsaw to save the day. Limbs are dismembered.  Blood flies. (It’s the only show with a “Splatter Zone”—a section of the audience that gets covered in fake blood!)  Demons tell bad jokes … and all to music.

The production is directed by Rae Robison, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts.  Robison loves horror—the first book she read in a single weekend (at age ten) was Stephen King’s Carrie.  “I’m a sucker for a good scare. But I also love comedy and the Evil Dead movies have a terrific combination of both. They’re campy, hilarious, not-clean, not-family-friendly fun.”  Robison explains that the play is about “a guy who loves a girl who turns into a Deadite (their terminology for zombies), becomes a Deadite, falls in love with another girl who becomes a Deadite, and kills a lot of Deadites in the process……What is this play about? It’s about laughing for about two hours and seeing an amazing group of actors and designers knocking your socks off. There is literally no reason to do this other than a really entertaining evening where you laugh, gasp, and love every minute in the theatre.”

If you are a fan of musical theatre – Evil Dead The Musical has doo-wop, tangos, and bits of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. If you’re a fan of horror – so many Deadites get killed in so many ways (thanks to fight choreographer Caroline McFarland). If you love theatre – this is a Humboldt County premier and a show you do not want to miss.  The production does include adult language, lots of killing of the undead and enough blood to warrant the purchase of rain ponchos for audience members in the first rows!

The production includes fourteen cast members who “are just pouring their hearts into this,” according to Robison.  “Not to mention the stage designers and technicians who are so stoked about this show and what we’re creating.” Scenic design is by Raymond Gutierrez, costume design by Rae Robison, sound design by Kai Lassen, lighting design by Percival Ferrugia, properties design by Emma Lubin and make-up design by Amy Beltran.  Musical Director is Camille Borrowdale and the production will be stage managed by Grady Moore.

Evil Dead The Musical, opening October 26 at 7:30 p.m., is the first fully staged production of the 2018-19 Season at HSU.  The run continues October 27, November 1, 2, 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gist Hall Theatre on campus. There will be two matinee performances beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Sundays October 28 and November 4.  General admission is $15.00. Students and Seniors are $10.00. Not intended for children. Lot parking is free on weekends. For tickets, please call 707-826-3928 or go online at https://centerarts.humboldt.edu/Online/.  For more information, call 707-826-3566.