Zombies, vampires, ghouls, and all kinds of Halloween creatures will be showing off their singing, dancing, and acting skills in Woods Cross High’s upcoming dinner theater “Nightmare on Wildcat Way,” running Oct. 22, 25, 26, 28, 29 and 30 at the WXHS Little Theater.
“It’s been really fun,” said Heather Thomas Sessions, who has been choreographing many of the numbers. “It’s been nice to just be able to play off everyone’s fears.”
The theater will get into costume as well, dressing up to look like a haunted house. Still, the spookiness will only go so far.
“We’ll do more of the scary stuff, but not too scary,” said Julie Hilton, the technical director for the show. “We don’t want to upset any of the little kids who come.”
The show includes a variety of musical numbers, including nods to both werewolves and vampires and songs from darker stage classics such as “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Sweeney Todd.” There will also be some lighter fare, including “Monster Mash,” “They’re Coming to Take Me Away,” and a Halloween twist on the Backstreet Boys song “Everybody.”
“It’s a huge class, and I’ve enjoyed being able to work with so many different kids this year,” said Sessions. “They’ve had to learn fast.”
A hundred kids from a recent WXHS theater workshop will perform “Purple People Eater,” “The Addams Family,” and “Ghostbusters,” though only at three of the dinner theater performances.
General consensus among the show’s creative staff say that the “Thriller” number might be the show’s scariest. An entire room full of zombies rise from what seems like everywhere, coming from the front, back, and sides as they rise and collapse along with the music.
The song was performed as part of the school’s spring dinner theater, and a few of the youngest kids were a little spooked.
“We had some mothers who needed to do some comforting,” said director Janet Cook.
Part of the reason for that may be the actors’ dedication to bringing their particular ghouls to life.
“Even though someone is dancing, they still have to act that character,” said Ben Tillotson, who has been working on the acting aspect of the show. “You don’t want a happy vampire trying to eat someone.”
For tickets or more information, please call 801-402-4611 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. An a la carte menu will be offered the night of the performance, but the show itself hopes to offer something for everyone.
“There’s love, comedy, and all the spooky, scary stuff,” said Tillotson. “It’s fun for all levels of Halloween.”