NIght of the Living Dead the Musical

 

October/November 2012
**WORLD PREMIERE**

Performances:
October 26, 27; November 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17

Book by Stephen Gregory Smith
Music by Matt Conner
Lyrics by Stephen Gregory Smith and Matt Conner
Directed by Stephen Gregory Smith, Jenna Ballard
Music Direction by Leah Kocsis
Produced by Jenna Ballard

 

 


Synopsis

Six strangers are trapped in a house for eternity, reliving the last night of their lives over and over as a deadly force from the outside threatens to find its way in.

With book & lyrics by Stephen Gregory Smith and music & lyrics by Matt Conner (Nevermore, Partial Eclipse, The Hollow) and based on the classic 1968 American horror film, Night of the Living Dead, Night of the Living Dead (the musical) re-imagines George Romero’s iconic night and examines the relationships between the six doomed individuals, who are themselves, living dead.


Letters from the Living Dead

DC Metro Theater Arts

Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five | Part Six | Part Seven | Part Eight


Press

The Gazette | DC Metro Theater Arts Review | MD Theatre Guide Review | MoCoVox Review | BroadwayWorld.com


Cast

Maya Gensler (Karen) is in 4th grade at Great Seneca Creek Elementary School. Her musical theater debut was with RMT's 2011 production of Annie (Molly). Although this is her first performance with KAT, she's no stranger to the Armory stage as she performed here with BP's pantomime of Puss In Boots(Chorus/Mouse) last December. In March, Maya had a blast singing and dancing in Spotlight on Broadway 2012 at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater with the ensemble group "Opening Act" (ATMTC). Maya is thrilled to be part of the world premiere production of Night of the Living Dead (the musical).
Ben Gibson (Harry) is thrilled to be a part of the world premiere of Night of the Living Dead (the musical). DC – R.U.X. (Best Comedy at DC Fringe Festival). AT –Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible...Bad DayThe Hobbit. WT – 25th Annual...Spelling BeeAlexander...Very Bad Day. Studio Theatre – Jerry Springer: The Opera(HH Nom Ensemble). Toby's – George M , Grease, TitanicAnything Goes. IS, WS, QVT. Tours: Mornings of April and May (US), Road Signs (US), Alice (Hong Kong). Education: BA Music Theatre, MAT: Drama and Theatre, American University.
Steve Hock (Tom) KAT: Assassins (Ensemble), Chicago (Ensemble). KENNEDY CENTER: Joe! (original ensemble). POINT PARK UNIVERSITY: Streets of America (original Emmit), Arlecchino and the Italian Clowns (Brighella), Parade (ensemble). EDUCATION: BA in Musical Theatre Performance 2010. Thanks to a wonderful cast and brilliant directors. It's great to be back at KAT!
Karissa Swanigan (Barbara) played Barbara in the staged reading of Night of the Living Dead (the musical), and she is thrilled to be reprising her role for the world premiere. Karissa is a proud member of the ForthWall Cabaret series and was the 2009 DCTS Musical Theatre Performer of the Year. Signature Theatre – Sizzlin Summer Cabaret: Least Complicated, Naked. CC – Nevermore. LTC – High Fidelity (DCTS audience choice nominee), Evil Dead, Diamond Dead, Debbie Does Dallas the Musical (DCTS audience choice nominee). Studio Secondstage – The Who's Tommy. KAT – A New BrainZanna, Don't!NevermoreKiss of the Spiderwoman(WATCH nominee), CompanyThe Rocky Horror Show. DC FRINGE – Super Claudio BrosDiamond Dead. NYC FRINGE – Diamond Dead
RaMond Thomas (Ben) most recently appeared in HBP's Hoodoo Love as Ace of Spaids and in Keegan Theater's Working: A Musical as Rex/Utkarsh. He was also on the Keegan stage in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as Mitch Mahoney. He played Coalhouse Walker, Jr. in Ragtime with Marquee Productions of San Jose, CA; reprised that role with SBMT; and was an understudy in TheatreWorks Palo Alto's production of Grey Gardens. Other credits: FMT – Batboy: The Musical (Ms. Taylor/Rev. Hightower); SP – The Fantasticks (El Gallo), Ain't Misbehavin' (Andre).
Susanna Todd (Helen) KAT: A New Brain (Rhoda). RCP: I Love You Because (Marcy); Seussical: The Musical (Wickersham). TFT: Frankenstein, A New Musical(Justine); Evil Dead: The Musical (Cheryl); Flight of the Lawnchair Man (Gracie, 2009 WATCH Award); Some Girl(s) (Sam). VTC: Colder Than Here (Harriet); You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Lucy); Evita (Ensemble). ESP: Passion (Mother/Attendant); Secrets of a Soccer Mom (Lynn); Blood Brothers (Ensemble).
Leslie Vincent (Judy) is thrilled to be making her KAT debut with this production, particularly in light of her childhood fear of all scary movies! Past credits: The In Series – Arlen and Berlin Occupy the FringeIdomeneoLove Potion #1; Catholic University – Requiem (Madalena), Nine (Lilliane La Fleur), Urinetown (Senator Fipp), Cole. She is excited to be going on tour with the National Theatre for Children this January. Tons of love and gratitude to this loving cast and crew, JPT, the parents, and Ryan.
ABBREVIATIONSAT - Adventure Theatre, ATMTC - Adventure Theatre Musical Theatre Center, BP - British Players, CC - Creative Cauldron, ESP - Elden Street Players, FMT - Foothill Music Theater, HBP - Hard Bargain Players, IS - Imagination Stage, LTC - Landless Theatre Company, QVT - Quest Visual Theatre, RCP - Reston Community Players, RMT - Rockville Musical Theatre, SBMT - South Bay Music Theatre, SP - Sunnyvale Players, TFT - Taking Flight Theatre, VTC - Vienna Theatre Company, WS - Washington Savoyards, WT - Workhouse Theatre

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