'Zombie Prom': a nuclear musical

"Zombie Prom" starts its second weekend with shows at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the CAST Theater.

CAST's production of the musical is directed by Mark Steighner and features over a dozen local actors and musicians.

Featured among them are Bob Ratcliff as Eddie Flagrante, persistent tabloid reporter; Maureen Regalbuto as stringent high school principal Delilah Strict; Hans Severinsen as teen rebel Jonny "Without-an-H" Warner; and Clara Cook as the love of young Jonny's life, prom queen shoe-in Toffee.

The story unfolds during the 1950s at Enrico Fermi High School, named after the inventor of the atom bomb. Teenage orphan Jonny Warner falls in love with Toffee, but their relationship is stifled by the pressures of society.

"'Zombie Prom' is a great summer family show," said Steighner. "There are lots of laughs, upbeat music and identifiable characters. Although the plot might sound a little dark, the tone is light and not at all morbid."

With music by Dana P. Rowe and book and lyrics by John Dempsey, Steighner described the extensive score as a energetic blend of rock-n-roll, ballads, funk, "and, of course, show-biz musical theater songs as well."

Steighner compared the show to popular musicals Little Shop of Horrors and The Rocky Horror Show, in that it satirizes horror and science fiction films from the '50s with help from a rock score.

Also appearing in the production are Keith DeHart, Ky Fifer, Erik Steighner, Traci Johnson, Melissa Pappas, Jenny Rodriguez, Celeste Ferrell and Sarah Shephard, along with musicians Mark Steighner on keyboard, Iskra on bass and Chris Merrill on drums.

Zombie Prom runs through Aug. 11 on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. at the CAST Theater in downtown Hood River. Tickets are $10 at the door or $8 in advance, and are available at Waucoma Bookstore in Hood River, Collage of the Gorge in White Salmon and Klindt's Book Sellers in The Dalles.

Latest stories

Latest video:

Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



Log in to comment

Columbia Gorge news and businesses