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McDaniel Theatre students bring ‘Evil Dead’ to life

Evil Dead poster
April 08, 2014

The curtain opens on the McDaniel Theatre Arts students’ performance of “Evil Dead: The Musical” at 7:30 p.m. April 16-19 in WMC Alumni Hall. (Note:  the show contains explicit language, substantial graphic horror violence and gore.)

Tickets for the rock musical that the New York Times said “wants to be the next ‘The Rocky Horror Show,’” are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors, students, and those with a McDaniel College ID. For tickets, call 410-857-2448.

Based on Sam Raimi’s 1980s classic cult films, the “Evil Dead” series, this deadpan spoof tells the tale of five college kids who travel to a cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force. The show is packed full of campy humor and gore with over-the-top musical numbers like “All the Men in my Life keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons” and “Do the Necronomicon.”

Visiting Theatre Arts professor Gené Fouché directs, with musical direction by Alison Shafer of Frederick, Md.

The five college students are played by freshman Jehan Silva of Gaithersburg, Md., as Ash; senior Kelsey Gondek of Avondale, Pa., as Cheryl; junior Sarah Hull of Keedysville, Md., as Shelly; junior Lyndsay Arnold of New Windsor, Md., as Linda; and freshman Mila Simon of Delmar, Del., as Scott.

The cast also includes freshman Sakena Martin of Cape Coral, Fla., as Annie; and freshman Adam Vaughn of Columbia, Md., as Ed, her fiancé; as well as sophomore Joshua Harding of Federalsburg, Md., as Jake/moose voice.

Playing zombies are juniors Najee Banks of Baltimore (also Professor Knowby) and Chesney Jamieson of Port Tobacco, Md., sophomore Jennifer Litzinger of West Windsor, N.J., and freshmen Wesley Brown of Potts Camp, Miss., Antoinette Martin of Cape Coral, Fla., and Jennifer Shillingburg of Oakland, Md.

Fouché said that she “wanted to choose a piece that would allow students to create strong characters.” She added, “‘Evil Dead’ presents its technical challenges – there is a great deal of gore and a singing moose – which will be exciting. This show is a crowd-pleaser, although for mature and not easily offended audiences only.”