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Live theatre: Evil Dead, the Musical

April 17, 2013

This adaptation of the popular film franchise is billed as a musical like all the others you've seen, except with horror and violence so extreme that the action becomes comedic. The production includes some very realistic 'special effects.'

Image by CSU Photography.Bringing high quality, affordable live theatre to the Front Range, the theatre program at Colorado State University presents the horror-comedy Evil Dead: The Musical by agreement with Samuel French, Inc.

Performances will be held in the University Theatre at the University Center of the Arts, 1400 Remington Street.

Production extras include a ‘Splash Zone’ and a Zombie Blood Drive.

Performance dates

Performances are at 7:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, April 11
  • Friday, April 12
  • Saturday, April 13
  • Sunday, April 14
  • Thursday, April 18
  • Friday, April 19
  • Saturday, April 20
  • Sunday, April 21

Image by CSU Photography.Tickets

  • $8/CSU students
  • $18/adults

This show is not appropriate for youth under 18. Contains strong adult content and themes, including violence of an extremely graphic nature.

Tickets are available at the University Center for the Arts (UCA) Ticket Office in the UCA Griffin Lobby, by phone at (970) 491-ARTS (2787), or online.

Advance purchase is recommended to avoid at-the-door fees. CSU students get in free on Ticket Thursdays: April 11 and 18. Space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Contact the Ticket Office.

'The next Rocky Horror Show'

Evil Dead: The Musical, which premiered in Toronto, Canada, was an immediate success and moved to an off-Broadway run in 2006 with hundreds of regional and international performances around the world. Critics praised the show, including a rave from the New York Times, calling it “the next Rocky Horror Show.”

The Canadian pop-rock musical is based on the cult classic Evil Dead horror film franchise. The innovative performance combines all the favorite moments from the original series that launched the directing career of Sam Raimi.

The story follows five friends as they head to an old, isolated, and abandoned cabin in the woods where they accidentally unleash an evil force that's hell-bent on converting them to the restless undead, in this case, “Deadites.”

Comedy, horror, and musical theatre

CSU Director of Theatre & Dance, Walt Jones, will stage the production. He notes that his interest in the play was, “confronting the challenge to do the self-referential musical as written: super cheesy and massively tongue-in-cheek—almost tongue-‘through’-cheek,” but to also “try to do what the original 1979-80 film set out to do—scare.” 

The show will appeal to all types of audiences, as it offers itself to comedy, horror, and musical theatre.

Jones describes it as more like a circus, “a dark, in-your-face-and-up-close carnival that presents both the allure and revulsion for freaks in a side show, a contemporary Théâtre du Grand-Guignol.”

Evil Dead: The Musical will feature unique costumes by CSU Costume Shop Supervisor Janelle Sutton, who says her inspiration for the original costumes came from the Evil Dead films, Walking Dead, Night of the Living Dead, Cabin in the Woods, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Her costumes depict a bold diversity; “You’ll see every kind of zombie you could imagine and some you couldn’t.”

Each performance also include a special cameo by prominent figures from Colorado State University and the Fort Collins community.  

Don’t miss this opportunity to see if an unwitting S-Mart employee named Ash can save himself from death and survive a mass attack of the evil undead, all while he delivers unforgettable lines from the classic horror series.

Theatre designImage by CSU Photography.

Along with the ghoulish makeup and costumes evocative setting by Maggie Seymour (Polaroid Stories, The Distance From Here, Sweeney Todd, The Kafka Project), the performance will feature a designated “Splash Zone”: reserved spots for those lucky front row seat-holders who will receive a commemorative Evil Dead: The Musical tee-shirt to help soak up the (stage) blood from the performance (think Sea World but gooier and red). 

Purchase or upgrade to the “Splash Zone” for only $10 at the Box Office

“It’ll be seriously messy,” said Jones. “Approximately 1,000 gallons of blood will wash out, but it will be plentiful, gooey, viscous, and slippery."

Give blood and get free tickets

On Wednesday, April 10, the theatre program at CSU will host a ‘Zombie Blood Drive’ at the University Center for the Arts from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., sponsored by the Garth Englund Blood Center of Poudre Valley Hospital.

Join the cast of Evil Dead: The Musical  and get in the ‘spirit’ to support blood donations for Northern Colorado. Qualified donors will receive a free ticket to a Thursday performance of CSU’s production. Read more.  

Book and Lyrics by George Reinblatt. Music by Frank Cipolla, Christopher Bond, Melissa Morris, George Reinblatt. Music Supervision by Frank Cipolla. Additional Lyrics by Christopher Bond. Additional Music by Rob Daleman. Produced by special arrangement with Renaissance Pictures, LTD. & Studio Canal Image, S.A. and Samuel French, Inc.

The University Center for the Arts at Colorado State University provides an enriched venue in which the study and practice of Art, Dance, Music and Theatre are nurtured and sustained by building the skills and knowledge needed by future generations of arts professionals to become contributors to the essential vitality of our culture and society. More information.

Contact: Carrie Care
Phone: (970) 491-5891