UW-Richland Theatre Plans for Fall Zombie Invasion

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RICHLAND CENTER—Zombies will come to life on the University of Wisconsin-Richland Coppertop stage this fall, just in time for Halloween. And you could be among them.

“Night of the Living Dead,” a play based on the 1968 classic black-and-white horror film, has been chosen as the fall theater production, according to director Andrew Sharp.

The action begins in an isolated rural cemetery. Brother and sister Johnny and Barbara go there to visit the family plot, when the plot thickens. An attack. An escape. Then, a night of terror begins. Trapped in an old farm house, people struggle to cope as legions of the living dead attack. Is it safe to hide in the cellar? Will these innocent victims survive the night?

Sharp said that he mentioned this play to a group of local thespians and “the students I talked to are jumping up and down to do this show. I feel I cannot deny the students what they want.”

Speaking roles for four men and four women are available, along with lots and lots of zombies. Community actors and those interested in working with the play behind the scenes are welcome at auditions, as are, of course, UW-Richland students. Sharp notes that zombies will be expected to do their own makeup with oversight and assistance from the director and makeup staff, so prior experience with theater makeup will be considered a plus.

Auditions are planned for Sept. 4-5 starting at 6:30 p.m. in the UW-Richland Coppertop Theatre, 1200 Hwy 14 West in Richland Center. For more information about the play or auditions, contact the director by e-mail at andrew.sharp@uwc.edu or by calling (608) 647-7373.

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