For Immediate Release
Contact: Michael Ciaravella 518-217-8282
TROY, N.Y. (10/08/14) — Zombies will sing and gore will splatter this Oct. 24 as Troy Civic Theatre stages the regional premiere of “Evil Dead, The Musical” at The Uncle Sam Atrium.
Based on Sam Raimi’s 1983 cult classic horror movie and its sequels starring Bruce Campbell, “Evil Dead, The Musical” has been called “The Next Rocky Horror Picture Show” by critics. The musical tells the tale of five college kids who travel to a cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force. As his friends turn into Candarian Demons, one boy fights until dawn to survive. True to the movies, the horror-comedy includes geysers of stage blood and as musical mayhem descends upon this sleepover in the woods, “camp” takes on a whole new meaning.
“It’s campy and gory, so the first few rows have their own splatter zone. This is not your traditional musical,” said Michael Ciaravella, Managing Artistic Director, of Troy Civic Theatre. “We’re thrilled to stage this in an actual shopping mall building, which will no doubt remind people of another famous zombie movie, Dawn of the Dead.”
The Uncle Sam Atrium Building was built in 1979 as an indoor urban shopping mall with retail, restaurants and a movie theater. Though no longer a shopping mall, the building is still occupied and provides a home to several offices, businesses, as well as the Winter Troy Waterfront Farmers’ Market on Saturdays.
Bringing culture into an non-traditional performance space in the heart of historic downtown Troy fits with the purpose of Troy Civic Theater, Ciaravella said. Earlier this year, the group staged a performance of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” in downtown Troy’s underutilized and somewhat troublesome Barker Park, at the intersection of two busy streets.
The Troy theater company secured the regional premiere for this production, which first appeared in Toronto. The group expects to attract fans – including “Zombie Squad” groups and college students — from as far away as Syracuse, New York City and Boston.
“Cult musicals have cult followings,” Ciaravella said. “So we strongly recommend purchasing tickets now before we sell out.”
The show was chosen by Troy Civic Theatre from among more than 40 submissions after director Erin Giacomino submitted it for consideration. Though the shift from Shakespeare to a horror comedy musical may seem incongruous at first, Ciaravella says that theater companies like to mix up their offerings with classics, pop culture hits and experimental works.
“I think everybody in theater wants to do something different, that you wouldn’t see otherwise,” Ciaravella said. “This might be a once-in-a-‘lifetime’ experience.”
Ash – Conrad Browne Lorcher
Linda – Melinda Richner
Cheryl – Lauren Kerr
Scotty – Stephen McCauley Jr.
Shelly – Megan Morse
Annie – Krista David
Ed (Oct 24 & 25) – Brian McBride Land
Ed (Oct 31 – Nov 9) – Nick Casey
Jake – Ian M. Politis
Prof. Knowby/Ensemble – Scott Caldwell
Moose/Ensemble – Jack Shaefer
Ensemble – Megan Vallee
Performance dates for “Evil Dead, the Musical” are scheduled for Oct. 24, 25, 31, Nov. 1, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m; and on Nov. 2 & 9 at 2 p.m.
Location: The Uncle Sam Atrium, Troy NY 12180
Ticket Cost: $15 General Admission, $13 Student & Senior
TO PURCHASE TICKETS
Tickets are available for purchase the night of performances and in advance online here: https://www.troycivic.org/shows/evil-dead-the-musical/
For information about this performance or the Troy Civic Theatre, call 518-217-TCTC (8282) or visit: https://www.troycivic.org
ABOUT THE TROY CIVIC THEATRE COMPANY
The Troy Civic Theatre Co. officially formed in October 2011. In March this year, the organization received its official 501(c)3 status as a public charity. All donations are tax-deductible.
Troy Civic’s budget is about $25,000 per year. The organization aims to own its own theater space somewhere in the next five to ten years.
Troy Civic is one among 72 community theater groups in the great Capital Region — excluding college theater — from Hudson to Glens Falls and from to Utica, to Pittsfield.
FOR ARTWORK AND INFORMATION
For publicity images pertaining to Troy Civic Theatre’s productions, visit: http://duncancrary.com/clients/TroyCivic.html
For information about Troy Civic Theatre, visit: http://www.troycivic.org
For information about “Evil Dead, The Musical,” visit: http://www.evildeadthemusical.com
Contact: Michael Ciaravella 518-217-8282 firstname.lastname@example.org