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(Neb)-'Evil Dead: The Musical' Opens CSC Theater Season  Listen

By: John Axtell Posted at: 10/03/2019 01:53 PM
CHADRON - The theater season at Chadron State College begins tonight with the opening in the Memorial Hall auditorium of the first of four shows "Evil Dead: The Musical."

      Recommended as suitable for ages 14 and older due to language and violence, curtain times are 7:30 tonight through Saturday and 2:00 on Sunday. The show is free and tickets are not required.

       Evil Dead: The Musical is a rock musical based on the three Evil Dead movies from the 1980s, although it takes creative liberty with them, mixing together characters and concepts while changing the sequence of events.

     The premise of the show is that five college students spending the weekend in an abandoned cabin in the woods accidentally unleash an evil terror with students and demons alike singing and dancing while Ash, the main character, dishes out one-liners while fighting the never-ending demons.

        David Craven, the CSC theater department's Artist-in-Residence this fall, says that despite the gore the Evil Dead movies are known for, the musical is more comedy than terror or horror.

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Continuing a tradition, the CSC theater department today is also hosting its annual Theater Day for area high schools with some 250 acting and stagecraft students taking part. They will also see the final rehearsal of Evil Dead.

        Scott Cavin, head of the theater program with the retirement of Roger Mays, says students from 11 schools in Nebraska, Wyoming, and South Dakota are taking part in sessions taught by both college faculty and students.

       Topics include makeup, creating a character, writing for the stage, and set, costume, sound, and lighting design.

      Cavin says Theater Day provides the high school students with training they wouldn't receive at their schools, but also acts as a recruiting tool for Chadron State by giving them a chance to become familiar with the theater department, its students and faculty, theater facilities, and the college itself.


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