"But I couldn't pass this up," he said. "I'm a huge fan. I've got all three of the movies, and I probably do an Evil Dead marathon about once a month at my house."
Workman said Lanham impressed her with a full-sized oil painting of Ash he has hanging in his home.
"My sister is going to Art Institute," Lanham said. "I commissioned it for 50 dollars and a 'Firefly' box set."
There's a dark fun atmosphere to the production, but Workman said they're taking it very seriously.
She said, "You can go campy with the show or go professional. We went more professional. There's a lot of dance in our play. There are blood cannons. There's a lot of blood rigging. Our chainsaw is rigged to shoot blood."
The musical contains so much blood that the first three rows are designated as a splatter zone for audience members who don't mind getting a little (or potentially a lot) of fake blood on them.
"People are going crazy asking about that," Workman said.
She added that aside from the stage blood and gore, the show has plenty of foul language and so is recommended for those age 16 and older.
"If parents want to bring kids younger than that, they'll have to sign a waiver."
Hopes are high for this production, which unfortunately, is a one-shot deal. The musical uses up the entire trilogy of films, so there are no sequels.
"But I am thinking about doing 'Night of the Living Dead' next year," Workman said. "Everything with that is done in black and white. You actually paint your actors to look like they're in a black-and-white movie."
Meanwhile, the Kanawha Players next production will be "A Christmas Story," directed by Tara Pauley, on Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 1-2.
It will not require a splatter zone.
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.