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OWU Theatre Invaded by Hilarious 'Zombies from the Beyond'


January 21, 2003

DELAWARE, OHIO -- Ohio Wesleyan's studio theatre is being transported back to 1950s Milwaukee, where a Leave It to Beaver world is disrupted by the evil Queen Zombina from Planet X. James Valcq's hilarious musical, Zombies from the Beyond, parodies all the early science-fiction films, such as War of the Worlds and Invaders from Mars. Performances are on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 7, and 8 at 8 p.m. and on Feb. 2 and 9 at 2 p.m. in Chappelear Drama Center.

The musical takes place in a midwest Space Center, and audiences of all ages will delight in the melodramatic antics of zany characters like a tap dancing delivery boy, a man hungry secretary, and a duplicitous Russian spy. Some of the numbers include Atomic Feet, Blast Off Baby, and The Sky's the Limit.

Zombies first opened at New York's Players Theatre in 1995. Backstage called it "a scream, hoot and holler from A to Z," and New York Daily News said that it is "a dizzy musical above and beyond the call of hilarity."

OWU theatre professor Dr. Bonnie Milne Gardner directs a cast of 12 actors in this musical that The New York Times has called a "dead aim, deadpan, dead-on musical with a keen-eyed skill to spare." The musical direction is by Jason Hiester with choreography by Tim Veach. OWU senior Michael Weinberg designed the set, and OWU theatre professor Glen Vanderbilt designed the lighting. Costumes were designed by Jacqueline Shelley, and the stage manager for this show is OWU junior Kate Robinson.

Tickets are $5 for students/seniors, $6 for faculty/staff, and $7 for the general public. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 800-862-0612 (in Ohio) or 740-368-3855.