Salem Community Theatre to present campy musical ‘Evil Dead’ for Halloween

SALEM — Salem Community Theatre is announcing the production of the much-anticipated production of “Evil Dead the Musical” which is set to run at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 and 28 and Nov. 3 and 4. Special midnight performances will be held each Saturday in addition to the regular 7:30 p.m. showings.

“Evil Dead the Musical” first premiered in 2008 in Toronto and has been called the next cult classic in the likes of the “Rocky Horror Show.” “Evil Dead The Musical” takes a musical and comedic approach to the Sam Raimi horror movie trilogy from the 1980’s, titled “Evil Dead,” “Evil Dead 2” and “The Army of Darkness.” These three movies made Bruce Campbell a household name among horror movie fans and his fan base grows to this day.

Evil Dead follows the story of five college students who take a trip to an old abandoned cabin in the woods and find and old book in the cellar called the “Necronomicon,” which means book of the dead. Of course, they just have to read the passages, which cause evil spirits to be released, and the trees to attack them, turning them into candarian demons. Sounds simple right?

Unlike the horror movies which were campy, gory, and scary, “Evil Dead the Musical” is just campy, gory and downright funny. Featuring songs such as “Cabin in The Woods,” “Housewares Employee,” “Good Ole Reliable Jake” and the “Necronomicon,” “Evil Dead the Musical” is a laugh-filled zombie fest that is a can’t miss.

The cast features the perfect Ash, the hero of the trilogy, in Matt Schomer, who makes you forget all about Bruce Campbell. Tara Holl plays Cheryl, Ash’s lonely sister who is the first to get attacked and gets the candarian demon ball rolling.

Lexi Denney plays Linda, Ash’s girlfriend from the department store S-Mart. Where there catchphrase is shop smart-shop S-Smart.

Carly Ellis plays the ditzy blond Shelly, whom the group just met three days ago. SCT newcomer Billy Page plays Scott, and Nick Berger plays the loveable but often non-talkative Ed. John Price portrays Jake, the random stranger they find in the woods, who shows them an alternative trail to the Knowby cabin after the bridge gets taken out. Rounding out the cast are Tim Gotschling as Professor Knowby, and Hannah Nash as tree #4.

“Evil Dead the Musical” also features the splash zone that audiences have become accustomed to during Evil Dead performances. Splash Zone seating is required to be reserved in advance. The splash zone is a contained seating area where the cast members interact with the audience and make them just as bloody as the rest of the cast.

Due to extremely strong adult language, gore and demons, the show is rated NC-17, and mature audiences only are admitted.

The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Reservations can be made by calling 330-332-9688. The show is sponsored by State Street Tattoo.