WWU Theatre to Perform ‘Zombie Prom’

Zombie 1The William Woods University Theatre Department will present the off-Broadway musical “Zombie Prom” Oct. 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16 at 8 p.m. in Cutlip Auditorium.


“Zombie Prom” is set in the atomic 1950s at Enrico Fermi High, where the law is laid down by a zany, tyrannical principal.


A pretty senior, Toffee (played by Rachel Petricka of Las Vegas, Nev.), has fallen for the class bad boy, Jonny (played by Drew Arnett of St. Louis, Mo.). Family pressure forces her to end the romance, and he charges off on his motorcycle to the nuclear waste dump.


Jonny returns glowing and determined to reclaim Toffee’s heart. He stillZombie 2 wants to graduate, but most of all he wants to take Toffee to the prom. The principal (played by Ashleigh Emmons of Bothell, Wash.) orders him to drop dead, while a scandal reporter seizes on him as the freak du jour.


History comes to his rescue, while a tuneful selection of original songs in the style of 50s hits keeps the action rocking across the stage.


“Zombie Prom” is directed by Joe Potter, artistic director of theatre and assistant professor of performing arts. Serving as music director is Rebecca Talbert, adjunct music instructor. Adrienne Branson, adjunct dance instructor and WWU alumna, will be the choreographer. Jane Friedman, who is in her 16th year as WWU’s costumer, will design the costumes.


Zombie 3For tickets, call the box office at (573) 592-4267. Ticket prices are $11 for adults, students, and faculty; $9 for senior citizens (62 and up); and $5 for children between the ages of 6 and 12. No children under 6 allowed.


Season tickets, ranging in price from $16 to $34, are available through the final performance of “Zombie Prom.” For more information on season tickets, call Joe Potter at (573) 592-4281.