Rust Belt’s ‘Living Dead’ just keeps coming back

As George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” celebrates its 50th anniversary, Rust Belt Theater Company resurrects its “Living Dead: The Musical” for the seventh time.

Written by Robert Dennick Joki and Josh Taylor, “Living Dead” is a send-up of Romero’s black-and-white horror favorite, which was filmed outside of Pittsburgh, as well as other classic horror films. It follows the story of a group of strangers who board themselves up in an abandoned farmhouse in order to escape the zombie apocalypse. Personalities clash and tensions rise as the undead hoard falls upon the house for an evening of music, parody and dancing.

This year’s production features a new set design, new costumes and an updated script.

Joki directs a cast that includes Kage Jonas Coven, Camilla Keener, Jude Mikulich, Jim Hain, Celena Pollock Coven, Lisa Torrence, Alivia Shablesky, Jacob Nash, Brooke Nobbs, Jessica Patoray, Celesta Richard, Cassie Wirtz, Josh Yohman, Janelle Yohman, Alicia Royer, Ryan Musgrove, David Cirelli, Sam Mentzer and Nicole Zayas.

“Living Dead: The Musical” opens Friday at the Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown, and will be staged at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Oct. 27. There also will be a special midnight performance on Oct. 27 that is billed as “extra creepy” and featuring a surprise guest appearance.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. Call 330-507-2358.

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