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Prom Night of the Living Dead: A Zombie High School Musical!

 

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Prom night at John Hughes High is ravaged by a zombie outbreak that shreds apart the ever-delicate ecosystem of jocks, nerds, and prom-queens, bringing the entire school face to face—or rather teeth to flesh—with their greatest fears. Prom Night of the Living Dead goes for a Walking Dead meets Archie comic meets Grease aesthetic, and does a decent job pulling it off. It focuses on social dynamics in high school, controversial dry humour, and zombified remixes to recent Top 40 hits. The comedic value of the performance is quite good but feels very amateur most of the time. The script was a bit difficult to follow and lacked proper build up to the climactic moments. The bad singing was possibly the most entertaining part of the show, although one of the cast members is an extremely talented vocalist. Reviewed by Nicholas Hobson.
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3.5/ 5


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  • 8:00 pm - 2017/08/17
  • 9:30 pm - 2017/08/18
  • 7:30 pm - 2017/08/19
  • 5:30 pm - 2017/08/20
  • 9:30 pm - 2017/08/22
  • 7:30 pm - 2017/08/24
  • 2:00 pm - 2017/08/25
  • 3:00 pm - 2017/08/26
  • 9:30 pm - 2017/08/26
  • 4:00 pm - 2017/08/27



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14 Reviews


  1.  
    Janet wesselius

    hilarious with a touch of its own flavor!




  2.  
    Dayle

    Good, dumb fun. Cleverly written, some stand out
    Performances, (Becket, Dhalia, Jensen, Jacinda). If you’re
    Looking for a silly two hour show for a good price, check it out




  3.  
    Vezeau

    More hit than miss, Prom Night of the Living Dead: A Zombie High School Musical is a funny, fast paced mash up of teen films and
    Zombie apocalypse that delivers the goods, particularly during
    The hilarious parodies of hit pop songs and campy acting.
    Big kudos to Dylan Caddy who steals the show as philosophical
    Drug dealer (independent business man) Becket and Liam
    McKinnon as a self involved drama nerd named Jensen.




  4.  
    Brad

    Great show, it was avery entertaining evening! The music numbers were a riot. Good job guys and gals.




  5.  
    Sarah

    Witty script, excellent song selection and a talented group of singers and actors. Really worth seeing!




  6.  
    Janey

    Great young cast with a TON of energy! Well written and hilarious!
    The songs are amazing and I loved all the pop culture references.
    If you’re a fan of the genres of 80s teen flicks and The Walking Dead then this is a must see! Loved it!




  7.  
    Josh

    **** Funny and very entertaining. Smart dialogue and hilarious send ups of pop songs from One Direction to Fun! The cast does a great job and there are so many great pop culture references!




  8.  
    Jane

    This play has so much potential and with most Fringe plays, it has heart! While it was funny, it would have been good to cast more than 2 or 3 actual singers this is a musical after all. This is not the fault of any of the actors, but the fault, I’m sorry, remains with the casting department. Polished choreography with the dance AND the transitions would make this show so much better. Or if at least the transitions were carried out with any sense of haste. Maya Molly, Curtis, Liam McKinnon were by far the “standouts” of this show. If only they had been surrounded by a theatre environment with proper transitions, and polished lighting and sound queues. These mistakes would be more forgivable if this was the premier of PNOTLD. However, this is the second season and in a years time, these things should not be happening. There were some superfluous scenes that really felt like a “filler”. The script is great, and the Becket character really did steal the show. But that’s what happens when you have talented actors in bit parts like that. 🤗 I think what appeals to most people is the nostalgia of scenes like the dention scene (where secrets are revealed), that is completely from The Breakfast Club, and the familiarity of the top 40s songs selected. So GENIUS right there!! Hopefully if this show returns next year, the company will make use of flats, and a bigger venue, hire more singers as this is a MUSICAL and should be seriously cast as such, and perk up the choreography. On the choreography note, I would like to take a moment to mention that while it is hard to dance and sing, (BRAVO TO ALL THE ACTORS) it was extremely distracting and hard to see what was going on in the final number behind the zombies that are dancing right in your face. I wonder if anyone else noticed Daliah (who is the soloist for this number) killing zombies in that background? Either way, it’s worth the ticket price, and I am excited to see how this looks in another years time! For all the tech mishaps, and maybe some lack of casting prowess or maybe lack of actors, I cannot give this a 5 out of 5. But it’s not the in the part of the performers at all.




    •  
      Brian

      Hi Jane,
      Thank you for your comments! Our original intent was to bring back our original cast to perform at the Fringe, however due to scheduling conflicts and relocations of the actors we had to recast the entire show with the exception of 2-3 people, so you are truly witnessing a brand new vision of the play. We intend to present part two of the Zombie Musical Trilogy, Tony Orlando and Dawn of the Dead: That 70s Zombie Musical next year at Fringe, and concluding in 2019 with Groundhog Day of the Dead:The Final Zombie Musical Presented in 3D ZombieVision, all of which will be interconnected with Prom Night. I hope you will check them out! Thank you, Brian, Theatrex Production Company




  9.  
    Toni

    The Fringe is a haven for amateur theatre groups and productions and quite often they take all the knocks from the critics, sometimes it’s deserved sometimes it’s not. Prom Night of the Living Dead deserves kudos for its energy, snappy dialogue and pop,song parodies of recent hits. Is this a perfect show? No, but the cast give it their all and there are many laughs to be had here. One of the best amateur productions I have seen in ages, great work by all. Easily a Four star show.




  10.  
    Matt

    Amazing play! Worth every cent, very impressed by how well the cast performed and how hilarious the entire 2 hour show was! Will be coming back again




  11.  
    Hannah

    Solid story with a lot of laughs. I enjoyed the song parodies the most. It’s like Weird AL wrote the soundtrack. Some standout performances, particularly Dylan Caddy as Becket.




  12.  
    Ross

    Clever and funny, what a great show! I highly recommend it! Terrific, energetic cast!




  13.  
    Eddie

    Unbelievable show! Great, snappy dialogue, hilarious songs, and a young cast that gives it their all. Really a must see at The Fringe! Dylan Caddy rocked as Becket! 4.5 stars!





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