'Evil Dead' musical pokes fun at itself

Darkhorse Theatre Company will present “Evil Dead, the Musical” this weekend at the Pavilion Shelter at Kickapoo State Recreation Area. Cast members include, from left, Chloe Miller, Mandy McCool , Kelli Carlton and Aubrey Falconio.

OAKWOOD — Five college students spend the weekend in an abandoned cabin in the woods. What could possibly go wrong?

If you’re a fan of horror movies, you can already imagine the possibilities.

Darkhorse Theatre Company’s “Evil Dead: The Musical” will explore that situation, complete with dancing demons and gushing “blood.” Because of the gore and adult language, it’s not appropriate for those under 13.

The comedy will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 6 p.m. Sunday in the pavilion shelter at Kickapoo State Park. Tickets are $20 for regular seats and $30 for those in the “splash section,” and are available at the door or through Facebook.

There also will be a volleyball tournament at noon Saturday at Kickapoo.

For the show, the pavilion’s sides will be covered, and patio heaters will be in use, said stage manager Breely Arford. The pavilion can hold about 70 people.

“The look of the pavilion works perfectly for a cabin,” Arford said.

People sitting in the limited-seating “splash section” will be splattered with a substance resembling blood. Ponchos will be available for those sitting nearby who don’t want to get messy.

“There is ‘blood,’” Arford said. “You get to be covered in it. You get to be part of the show.”

“Evil Dead: The Musical” is a rock musical stage play based on the film series. In this comedic take on the 1980s supernatural horror franchise, characters and demons sing and dance to songs written specifically for the musical.

The cast includes: Richard Lee Bridgman as Ash, Kelli Carlton as Cheryl, Aubrey Falconio as Annie, Aaron Martin as Jake, Laramie Ziegler as Scott, Mandy McCool as Shelly, Chloe Miller as Linda and Zachary Carlton as Ed.

Bridgman, the lead, describes his character as the happy-go-lucky glue that holds the group together. The group is made up of a variety of personalities.

“It’s definitely comedy-horror,” he said. “To describe it as an experience, it’s campy and cheesy. It has a sense of humor about itself.”

There are some over-the-top horror moments, he said, but nothing to cause nightmares. He added, “It’s all pretty silly.”

Bridgman also is the technical director.

Arford said the play follows the 1980s movies, adding, “If you enjoy the Bruce Campbell films from the ‘80s, you’ll enjoy this.”

The show will feature a four-piece band playing campy music.

Like “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Evil Dead” has its share of followers, and often is performed around Halloween.

“It’s a fun, bloody evening,” Arford said.

Bridgman summed it up: “It will be a one-of-a-kind experience.”

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