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"Evil Dead: The Musical"
Presented by Kanawha Players
WHERE: Kanawha Players Theater, 309 Beauregard St.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Oct. 12-13
TICKETS: Adults $16, students and children $10
INFO: 304-343-7529 or www.kanawhaplayers.orgCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Kanawha Players believe they may have a hit on their hands with "Evil Dead: The Musical." At least, director Ginger Workman is hopeful the blood-soaked, song-and-dance-filled show about five college students who accidentally unleash unspeakable terror at an abandoned cabin will give the group a boost.
"We've already sold more tickets than we've sold for most of the other shows we've done over the last two or three years," she said.
The show kicks off the Kanawha Players 91st season Friday at the Kanawha Players Theater on the East End.
Workman said the play, written by George Reinblatt, was cobbled together from all three of director Sam Raimi's "Evil Dead" films. The horror/comedy cult classics involve demons, the undead, time travel and lots of bizarre mayhem.
"Basically, they put this thing together, and it ended up being this off-Broadway show," she said. "It's kind of taken the world by storm. A production was even staged in Korea."
Workman said doing the production was mostly her idea. She found the play and presented it to the Board of Directors (of which she is a member). They embraced it enthusiastically, and casting, Workman said, was pretty easy.
"We got a great response. We had new people come out. We had people who hadn't been in a production in almost 10 years."
Terry Lanham, who plays Ash, the resourceful but over-the-top hero of the show, is one of them. The 36-year-old medical claims adjustor said his last time on stage was 17 years ago, when he was in high school.