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Kent State University at Stark Theatre presents Evil Dead: The Musical

Posted Feb. 6, 2012
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College friends, portrayed by Elizabeth Casper and Connor
on left and Steve Grisez on right, encounter a demonic
force in Kent State University at Stark Theatre’s campy production
of Evil Dead: The Musical, opening Friday, Feb. 17.

Kent State University at Stark Theatre will present Evil Dead: The Musical on Feb. 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25 at 8 p.m. and on Feb. 19 and 26 at 2:30 p.m. in the Kent State Stark Theatre, 6000 Frank Ave. NW in Jackson Township. The musical production is based on George Reinblatt’s book and lyrics and the music is by Frank Cipolla, Christopher Bond, Melissa Morris and George Reinblatt. American Sign Language interpretation will be provided for the performance on Feb. 19 at 2:30 p.m. Opening night is Scholarship Night, with proceeds benefitting Kent State Stark music and theatre students.

Evil Dead: The Musical combines elements of the Evil Dead and Army of Darkness cult classic films for a blood-splattering theatrical experience. The story follows five college students who get abandoned at a cabin and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them into demons. Hailed as “The next Rocky Horror Picture Show” by The New York Times, the hero in this campy musical of horror and hilarity must weld his trusty chainsaw to save the day. Limbs are dismembered, and demons tell bad jokes while performing uproarious numbers, such as All the Men in my Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons and What the F#%k Was That? Viewer discretion is strongly advised due to gratuitous profanity, gore and adult subject matter.

Ticket prices are $14 for adults and $10 for non-Kent State students, children under 17 and senior citizens. All Kent State students are admitted free with a current FLASHcard. Tickets are on sale now. Reserve tickets online at or call the Kent State Stark Theatre Box Office at 330-244-3348, Mondays through Fridays from 1 to 5 p.m.

Directing Evil Dead is Kent State Stark Assistant Professor of Theatre and Theatre Director Brian Newberg. Melissa Fucci is the musical director, Angelo Lemo is the choreographer, and Louis Williams is the scenic and lighting designer. Susan Blurton is the costume designer, and Ron Jarvis is the sound designer.