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Evil Dead brings the blood
Evil Dead is just in time for Halloween.
This very funny live stage show is an absolute departure for Judy Russell, said show director Anna Russell who brought her own vision of Christmas Carol to the stage last year. The new musical was chosen and cast in record time.
“It’s a little dark,” said Anna, during a rehearsal break Tuesday. “And it’s a bit ‘campy’ – but there’s lots of comedy. We wanted to put on something to do with Halloween. We thought of having a Haunted House but then I remembered Evil Dead from when I lived in Vancouver.
“So we decided to do it, and then it all came together very quickly, we pulled together actors we knew from previous productions.”
Fans of the movie will know the story and all its characters, and they’ll love the musical, says Anna. But you don’t have to be a horror flick fan to love this show. Audience members who are new to the genre are also in for a real treat.
And did I mention, lots of blood?
“This is very different from when I directed [Judy Russell’s] Christmas Carol where I adapted it especially for what we wanted to bring to the stage,” said Anna. “The biggest challenge for me with Evil Dead is the special effects, all the tricks and .... the blood.”
Ah, yes, the blood.
Did I mention how this reporter feels queasy at the mere sight of blood? That it is the big reason why I did not go into nursing?
Well apparently, according to the Russells – all of them, producers Bill and Judy, Enchainement Productions Inc., actors Matt and Andrew, actor/director/choreographer Anna Russell, choreographer Nicole Russell and show designer Jonathan (I’m guessing baby Russell is junior technical advisor in charge of sound) – I will be too busy laughing and having a good time to notice the red blood gushing from assorted severed limbs.
That’s a good thing.
Evil Dead, the musical, is loaded with talent: Matt Russell in the lead role as Ash, Anais Barnes as Cheryl, Ash’s sister, Shelby Meaney as Annie, Anna Russell as Linda, Adam Harasimiuk as Ed, Annie’s boyfriend, Nigel McInnis as Scott, Andrew Russell as Jake, Jenny Tracey as Shelly and Anthony Gagne as Fake Shemp.
Music is provided by the Evil Dead Rock Trio: Curtis Abriel on piano, Erin Yule on drums, Patrick Michaud on guitars.
The songs have very weird titles like What the F***Was That? and All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons.
Evil Dead, the musical, takes all the elements of cult classic horror films – Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness – and combines them into one of the craziest theatrical experiences of all time.
The plot: Five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. It’s up to Ash, a housewares employee turned demon-killing hero and his trusty chainsaw to save the day. Blood flies, limbs are dismembered and demons are telling bad jokes.
And they do all this to music.
Judy Russell Enchainement Productions Inc. presents Evil Dead, the musical. Featuring the real triple threat: Death, dismemberment and dance numbers. Ask about tickets in the Splatter Zone. Parental guidance is advised. Show runs from Oct. 23 to Nov. 2 at the Prince George Playhouse. Tickets are at at Studio 2880. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m.