The next University Theatre Production is either a musical with a twist or a twisted musical, depending on your point of view. The Studio Series at The University of Texas-Pan American begins this month with the freakish presentation of "Evil Dead: The Musical."
Directed by Dr. Brian J. Warren, children's theatre/creative drama specialist at UTPA, the musical comedy directly parodies the cult horror film series of "Evil Dead," which was directed by Sam Raimi, who is now best known as the director of the "Spider-Man" films, and starred Bruce Campbell. Warren said horror fans and musical theatre lovers will enjoy the melodious and comedic spoof of horror movie clichés like dim-witted teens, ghostly chants, and things that go bump in the night.
The production starts off with five college students headed out to a remote cabin in the woods for some spring break fun. While on the trip they stumble onto a strange book of demonology called the "Necronomicon" and the taped translation of the text. The curious students of course play the tape and accidentally unleash the foul, hellish, horde of Candarian demons, originally called forth by professor years ago, but have until now remained dormant. One by one, the teens become deadly blood-crazed zombies until only one remains.
"All this is set to song and dance," said Warren.
"Evil Dead: The Musical" will play at the Albert L. Jeffers Theatre, located in the Communication Arts and Sciences Building, Oct. 27-29 at 8 p.m.; Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. and midnight; and Oct. 31 at 2 p.m.
"Each year, UTPA Theatre schedules a Studio Series that showcases unusual, off-beat, cutting-edge, or under-performed plays. Director Brian Warren decided last year that this musical comedy might be perfect as a Studio show that would satisfy the lurid cravings for foul creatures, blood-spraying and gore during the Halloween season," said Jack Stanley, director of drama at UTPA.
For this production, seating is on a first-come, first served basis, so it important to arrive early. No advance reservations will be accepted and all tickets are $10 each.
Due to its profanity and bloodshed, the production is not recommended for anyone under the age of 17.
For additional information or directions, contact the Box Office at (956) 665-3581 during regular university hours or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The Box Office opens one hour prior to each performance.
To learn more about upcoming UTPA theatre productions, visit www.utpa.edu/theatre.