DDHS set to host ‘Zombie Prom’ musical for March run

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DELAVAN — Delavan-Darien High School students are putting on two types of proms this year — the typical Junior Class Prom, and a ‘Zombie Prom.’

The latter is the name of the school musical set to take the DDHS stage for four shows in mid March.

Shows are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, March 8; 2 pm. Sunday, March 10; and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 15-16.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Advance tickets can be ordered by calling (262) 728-2642 ext. 4286, or by e-mailing tickets@ddschools.org. Please include your name, contact phone number, date you would like to attend and the number of adult and student/senior citizen tickets needed. Advance tickets must be paid for at the DDHS Activity Office by 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 1. Tickets can also be purchased at the DDHS Activity Office Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on school days. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door on the day of the performance starting one hour before curtain call.

“It’s a comedy,” director Jim Larson said of the show. “While it’s not well known nationally, it’s a very enjoyable and very funny musical based on a farce of a 1957 comic book. It’s not scary, despite having the word ‘zombie’ in the title.”

‘Zombie Prom’ is actually a high school love story set in the 1950s during the time of the Cold War, atomic scares and nuclear power experimentation, Larson said.

Students in the script are practicing atomic blast survival drills and there is a new nuclear plant built right behind the fictional Enrico Fermi High School, which of course was named after one of the scientists who invented the atomic bomb as part of the country’s Manhattan Project during World War II.

“It revolves around the whole idea of nuclear power and nuclear attacks being a big concern at the time,” Larson said of the musical’s theme.

He saved the surprise of why “zombie” is in title, but did lead on that the love story revolves around “the perfect girl” and the “rebel boyfriend.”

DDHS senior Anna Loomer plays that perfect girl, named Toffee. Junior Ryan Ettner is the rebel boyfriend, Jonny, who is so cool, he dropped the ‘h’ from his name.

The two each have crews of four friends. Toffee’s crew is played by Melissa Wilson, Kaitlyn Vegter and Toni Seitz, all DDHS seniors, and junior Ashley Brouwer. DDHS sophomores Aaron Wojciechowski, Sam Seitz and Adam Drefs, and junior Zach Simons are the close pals of Jonny’s character.

Antagonist Ms. Strict, the school principal, is played by DDHS senior Sarah Kieffer. Protagonist Eddie Flagrante, played by senior Matt Iserloth, is the reporter for Exposé magazine.

More than 50 other DDHS students make up the rest of the musical cast, which sings plenty of music styled after the popular songs in the 1950s Pop/Rock Era. DDHS senior Tyler Hansen rips several guitar solos as part of the show’s pit orchestra.

‘Zombie Prom’ has been done off-Broadway since about 1996, Larson said. Kristin Chenoweth (of TVs “The West Wing” and “Pushing Daisies”) starred as Toffee for some of those early shows. It was penned by John Dempsey and chosen for this year’s DDHS musical because of its non-traditional storyline.

“Typically, the musical staff here has chosen something that’s not standard repertoire, as many people know from us doing ‘Urinetown,’ ‘Godspell,’ ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ and ‘Cats’ in recent years,” Larson said. “We don’t often do your typical ‘Oklahoma’ or ‘The Sound of Music’ kind of shows. We like cutting-edge material by composers who are still alive today, if possible. This presents our kids with an appropriate, modern repertoire.”

Larson said the show itself is appropriate for all ages to view, and all who come to see it should have an enjoyable time.

“A lot of high schools throughout the country have been doing it. We might be the first in Wisconsin, but it’s fairly well known in high school musical circles,” Larson said. “It really is a perfect show for a high school cast. The music, you’ll like it instantly. It’s just silly fun for all.”

Show Information

DDHS performances of the musical “Zombie Prom” are set for:

  • 7 p.m. Friday, March 8
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10
  • 7 p.m. Friday, March 15
  • 7 P.m. Saturday, March 16

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.

Advance tickets can be ordered by calling (262) 728-2642 ext. 4286, or by e-mailing tickets@ddschools.org. Please include your name, contact phone number, date you would like to attend and the number of adult and student/senior citizen tickets needed. Advance tickets must be paid for at the DDHS Activity Office by 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 1. Tickets can also be purchased at the DDHS Activity Office Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on school days. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door on the day of the performance starting one hour before curtain call.

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