Southridge High School plans to give theater lovers a good scare with its upcoming production, Night of the Living Dead, the Musical.
If that title conjures up a gory and goofy image of zombies gorging on human flesh while singing a happy tune, then you'd be right on.
That's exactly what you'll see, said director Barbara Wilson, when the musical opens Feb. 21 in the school's auditorium, 3320 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick.
"The music uses different styles for no apparent reason," she said.
The score for this musical is mostly pop rock, a salute to the 1968 horror movie Night of the Living Dead, with music from Michael Jackson and Tina Turner, Wilson said.
Night of the Living Dead, the Musical has all the creepy intensity as the cult classic film, only these zombies also will be celebrities who sing as passionately as they gobble up human flesh.
The cast includes students Emily Schroder, Connor Fotheringham, Jacob Samoray, Jessica Churchill, Mariah Thompson, Tret Gutzman, Jasmin Godinez, Alondra Herrera, Samknight Ohene, Quincy Snyder, Tristen Everett and Melanie Bricker.
The story goes like this: When dead celebrities rise from the grave with a hunger for human flesh, a musical writing team, a businessman and his wife and an internet junkie and her boyfriend all take refuge in an abandoned farmhouse to escape getting eaten.
They discover the pop star zombies are the least of their troubles.
The cast has been having a lot of fun acting like zombies, said sophomore Fotheringham and junior Schroder, who play the team of writers hiding out in the house.
"Overall, the play is utterly hilarious, ridiculous and a bunch of fun," they said. "It's got more recent references, as well as older ones, that a broader audience will understand. While the bulk of us aren't very experienced with music or performing, we've enjoyed every part and made great strides."
Curtain time for Night of the Living Dead, the Musical is 7 p.m. Feb. 21-22, 28 and March 1. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and students and are available at the door.
"We all love drama and hope a lot of people come to see this show," Fotheringham said.
-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @dorioneal