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What the f*ck was that?! EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL

May 6, 2013

So I am pleased to report that Love and Light Production’s EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL was an amazing success.  On behalf of the cast, band, and crew let me just say thank you to everybody who came to a show.  We had an incredible run.  And as anybody who saw a show could attest: it was a complete and glorious BLOOD BATH!   All in all, it was one of the most memorable experiences of my life.  And I have never seen audiences leave a venue so completely entertained.  It was that amazing.

Again, it was such a pleasure to be a part of this show and I am honored to stand among those that made it happen.  To begin, let me thank The Arena Bar & Grill – State College, PA for hosting such a wild show.  At a time when local theatre is slowly dying, to have such a great venue be so supportive is truly special.  We spent quite a lot of time cleaning up afterwards but I don’t think The Arena’s ever looked so good!

Speaking of looking good, check out the wonderful cast photography of Yana Boyd.  She did such a remarkable job capturing the magic that was EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL and, thanks to her, that magic lives on in these photos!  And then there’s her husband Allen Boyd who just so happened to play our lead: the iconic and boomstick wielding Ash.  I really can’t say enough about Allen.  He’s an amazing actor and singer… not to mention one hell of a carpenter (he built all the set pieces.)  To put it simply: Allen is one of those guys that inspires everybody around him to be their absolute best.  And he does it with reassuring smiles and pats on the back.

Another one of “those guys” is Greg Mudzinski, the show’s music director (and co-producer of Love and Light Productions.)  Not only is Greg one of my best friends but he’s probably the most talented musician I’ve ever met.  The work he put into this show paid off incredibly.  Not only did the band sound amazing but his renditions of the music took each song to another level.  And the audience ate it up.  Without a doubt, they found themselves humming along to the various riffs he helped shred for days afterwards.

And then there’s Alicia Starr… the brains behind it all.  Love and Light Productions is her baby.  And in her own words: “experiencing a Love & Light performance will leave you feeling exalted, entertained and energized.”  Well, without a doubt, EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL, thanks to her direction and vision, did not disappoint.  She was, throughout it all, the light that led the way.  She challenged us.  She inspired us.  And most importantly: she believed in us.  Without her, EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL wouldn’t have been half the show we delivered to State College and it’s with all sincerity I say, and I’m sure this is on behalf of the entire community as well, thank you for all that you do!

Now enough of this hoo ha jibber jabber…. check out these pictures!!

Allen Boyd as the iconic and boomstick wielding Ash.

Allen Boyd as the iconic and boomstick wielding Ash.

Jackie Gianico stole the show as Ash's soon-to-be EVIL DEAD sister Cheryl.

Jackie Gianico stole the show as Ash’s soon-to-be EVIL DEAD sister Cheryl.

The hilarious Kael Janson Weis as Ash's best friend Scotty.

The hilarious Kael Janson Weis as Ash’s best friend Scotty.

Katie Carriero as Ash's beloved... and later be-headed... girlfriend Linda.

Katie Carriero as Ash’s beloved… and later be-headed… girlfriend Linda.

Drea Choperena as Scotty's slutty weekend squeeze Shelly.

Drea Choperena as Scotty’s slutty weekend squeeze Shelly.

The ever-so talented Lacee McCann as Annie... their only hope.

The ever-so talented Lacee McCann as Annie… their only hope.

Chris Kugler as that no good, city-slicking, over-cologned, v-neck sweater-wearing son-of-a-bitch Ed.

Chris Kugler as that no good, city-slicking, over-cologned, v-neck sweater-wearing son-of-a-bitch Ed.

Daniel Skiles was quite the crowd pleaser as good ol' reliable Jake.

Daniel Skiles killed it as the good ol’ reliable Jake.

And the big stick himself: Greg Mudzinski.

And the big stick himself: Greg Mudzinski.

And a special thanks also goes out to Z.  Without you I couldn’t have done it!  You kept me motivated and enthusiastic and knowing you were in the audience for EACH and EVERY show brought out the best in me again and again!  🙂

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    August 10, 2013 2:10 am

    This was the best show I have ever seen (and i’ve seen quite a few on broadway).. you are my hero!

  2. hOVERfACEbLACK permalink
    July 3, 2014 3:11 am

    I wonder if the highly esteemed musical director, Mudzo, will ever see this. Hey Mudzo… it’s Art, the enigma from G13. I am going to hunt you down.

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