McDaniel College Theatre presents “Evil Dead: The Musical,” April 16 through April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in WMC Alumni Hall. The show is directed by visiting theatre arts professor Gené Fouché, with musical direction by Alison Shafer.
Based on Sam Raimi's 1980s classic cult films, the deadpan spoof tells the tale of five college kids who travel to a cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force. And although it may sound like a horror, it's not! The songs are hilariously campy and the show is bursting with more farce than a Monty Python skit. “Evil Dead: The Musical” unearths the old familiar story: boy and friends take a weekend getaway at abandoned cabin, boy expects to get lucky, boy releases ancient evil spirit, friends turn into Candarian Demons, boy fights until dawn to survive. As musical mayhem descends upon this sleepover in the woods, "camp" takes on a whole new meaning with uproarious numbers like "All the Men in my Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons" and "Do the Necronomicon."
The 14-member cast includes McDaniel students Lyndsay Arnold, Najee Banks, Wesley Brown, Kelsey Gondek, Josh Harding, Sarah Hull, Chesney Jamieson, Jennifer Litzinger, sisters Antoinette and Sakena Martin, Jehan Silva, Jennifer Shillingburg, Mila Simon, and Adam Vaughn.
Fouché, a member of the McDaniel theatre arts faculty, “wanted to choose a piece that would allow our students to create strong characters. ‘Evil Dead’ presents its technical challenges (there is a great deal of gore and a singing moose!) as well, which will be exciting. This show is a crowd pleaser –– although for mature and not easily offended audiences only!”
The show contains explicit language, substantial graphic horror, violence, and gore. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors, students, and the McDaniel College community. For more information, call the box office at 410-857-2448.