Zombie Prom and Evil Dead the Musical

Somefun from the Kanawha Players Theater in October.

They are holding their Third Annual Zombie Prom on Friday October 3 at 9pm till midnight.
There will be free zombie makeovers before the start from 8pm till 9pm.  They will be giving out prizes for Best Costume and a Crowning of Zombie King and Queen.

Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple.

The theater is also holding performances of the Evil Dead the Musical.  The campy rock-musical based on the cult classic Evil Dead/Army of Darkness movies.

The performances are October 17, 18, 24, 25, and 31 plus November 1.  Tickets are $16 for adults and $10 for senior citizens, childer under 18 and students with ID.

The show has strong language, adult situations, blood, gore, and more that would make it unsuitable for children under 16.

Nominee! Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical
Based on Sam Raimi’s 80s cult classic films, EVIL DEAD tells the tale of 5 college kids who travel to a cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force. And although it may sound like a horror, it’s not! The songs are hilariously campy and the show is bursting with more farce than a Monty Python skit. EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL unearths the old familiar story: boy and friends take a weekend getaway at abandoned cabin, boy expects to get lucky, boy unleashes ancient evil spirit, friends turn into Candarian Demons, boy fights until dawn to survive. As musical mayhem descends upon this sleepover in the woods, “camp” takes on a whole new meaning with uproarious numbers like “All the Men in my Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons,” “Look Who’s Evil Now” and “Do the Necronomicon.”


Yet Again More Movies To Go See

Some more movies on being showed around to check out.

Carrie Kirk's photo.

The Kanawha Players Theater has another classic movie viewing Friday (July 11) at 10pm.  This time it is Spooks Run Wild with Bella Lugosi and is part of East Side Kids series of films.  In this one the boys are sent to mountain camp, hear about a killer on the loose, and end up at Lugosi’s mansion.  A comedy/horror film for all to enjoy.

Tickets are just $3 and concessions will be sold.


The Orpheum Project presents Trek in the Parking(ing garage) with The Menagerie Pts. 1 and 2.  The one where the pilot episode of the series is shown to the current crew of the Enterprise.

It is this Saturday, July 12th, at 8pm at the parking garage by the Cabell County Public Library.

Water and Cracker Jacks will be provided to all.



The Clay Center’s Sci-Fi Film Series, using the planetarium screen, continues with Brazil and Fahrenheit 451.

Brazil, Terry Gilliam’s Oscar nominee Orwellian future, will be shown at 7pm Friday August 15th and Saturday August 16th.  Fahrenheit 451 is based on the Ray Bradbury novel tells of a firefighter who burns books for living.  It will be shown on Friday October 17th and Saturday October 18th at 7:30pm.

Both films are just $6 each.

For fans of anime, the latest Dragonball Z movie Battle of Gods is getting a limited release in theaters on August 5, 6, 7, and 9.  Some of those are in state.  The movie will be shown at the Morgantown Mall Cinema, Bluefield Cinema, and the Teays Valley Stadium (just five minutes from where I live).  Check your local theater for times and admission costs.

The movie is about a god who comes to Earth looking for a good fight and for Goku it is Tuesday.


Go out and see some fun movies.





Troma Re-Release and Special Reunion Screening of Daniel Boyd’s “Strangest Dreams: Invasion of the Space Preachers”

There is a special screening of Strange Dreams (Space Preachers) at Park Place Cinemas on Monday June 23rd at 7pm as part of FestivALL in Charleston.  This will also serve as a reunion of cast and crew.  This is a celebration of the new Troma re-release of the movie.  Originally slated to be out already, but there was an error in printing the disc, or something.  Discs may or may not be ready by time for the show.

Strange Dreams (Space Preachers) is a comedy film from 1990 that received national and international recognition. A heartwarming, science-fiction adventure, its “an exciting, bizarre, and extremely funny sci-fi parody, in the tradition of John Waters and Mel Brooks.”  Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for children and seniors.

Danny Boyd, creator of the movie, will be set-up in the lobby of the theater selling mini-posters, Chiller graphic novels, and his new book CARBON.


Also Friday June 20th, there is another movie screening at the Kanawha Players Theater.  This time the movie is Spider Baby (or The Maddest Story Ever Told) about a man taking care of three demented adults after their father’s death.  This film is Lon Chaney Jr. last film as well.  Plus there will be a film by Sid Haig of Devil’s Rejects fame.

The movie starts at 10pm and it does not say how much but I am going to guess $5 plus a concession stand.


In other movie news, RiffTrax reached their goal of $250,000 on their Kickstarter so will be doing a live riffing of Anaconda on October 30th.



Save Kanawha Players

Kanawha Players Theater is the official state theater of West Virginia and is the second longest community theater in the United States.  They are in need of some funds to keep their building, so they are running a number of fundraiser events this month to help out.  All events are at their theater in Charleston.

Friday June 13th (tonight) they are doing a double feature of Ed Wood Jr movies.  They will be showing Plan 9 from Outer-Space and Jail Bait.  Plan 9 is that reallllly bad one you have heard of with aliens rasing zombies with Bella Lugosi, Tor Johnson, and Vampira.  Jail Bait involves a young man’s descent into crime and getting plastic surgeon to evade the cops.  Films start at 8pm, tickets are $5, and concessions will be sold.

On Saturday June 14th they will be throwing a 80’s Party.  There will be retro gaming, photo booths, and a dance party.  A costume contest for best 80’s outfit will be held for prizes.  Things start at 8pm.  Tickets are $10 solo or $15 for couples.

On Friday June 20th the Wayward Girls School of Burlesque is holding workshops on the subject of burlesque.  Workshops include: Why Burlesque?, Burlesque Accessories, Acting and Character, Burlesque Beauty, and Burlesque Dance Basics.  Each one is thirty minutes long.  Individual workshops are $10 or book all five for $40.  Burlesque Accessories and Burlesque Beauty have an additional material fees.  First workshop starts at 5:30pm.

The big fundraiser is Saturday and Sunday June 21st and 22nd.  Information available about the moment include a silent auction, vendors of various items, music from bands like Harrah, Black Skull, Miniature Giant, and the Renfields, also acoustic music from Brandi Good and Little Nomad, zombie Jeremy Ambler from the Walking Dead and other horror projects will be signing autographs, performances by Famous Superstars, comedians, and a variety of entertainers.  Vendor tables for crafts and artwork is $35 for both days.  The event goes from 10am Saturday till late and Sunday 10am till 8pm.

International Tabletop Day

International TableTop Day is a celebration for all the fans of tabletop gaming started by Geek & Sundry this Saturday April 5th. A single day where the world comes together in a common purpose of spending time together and having fun.  Sponsors for this year are Japanime Games, AEG, Ravensburger, Asmodee, Calliope Games, Looney Labs, Steve Jackson Games, Stronghold Games and Atlas Games.  Several places across the state are hosting for people to gather and play.

The TableTopDayLogo

Kanawha Players is hosting in Charleston.  They will have several indie table-top games, prizes, a Cards Against Humanity Tournament,  and a screening of Zombie Orpheus Entertainment’s “The Gamers: Hands of Fate.”  Things start at 6pm.

Books-a-Million at the Barboursville Mall will be hosting in their store.  They will be having giveaways such as posters, promo cards, figures, and even games.  You can register to win one of two prize packages that includes Space Fluxx, Roll for it!, King of Tokyo, and Munchkin Deluxe.  They will be playing games from 1pm-5pm.
A group of teachers in Barboursville are hosting an event, but I have no information on where.

Hometown Hobbies in Huntington will be demoing games from 2pm to 6pm.  Though I am sure you could stay longer if you wanted to.

Lost Legion Games & Comics: The Vault in Vienna is hosting games as well.  They start at 11am and go till 9pm for a full day of gaming.

Comic Paradise Plus in Fairmont is running games from 1pm to 6pm.

Four Horsemen Comics and Gaming in Morgantown will be open from 10am till 9pm.

West Virginia University is getting in on the act as well.



Labyrinth of Jareth – Valentines Day Masquerade Ball

The Kanawha Players Theater is hosting a Valentines Day Masquerade Ball, hosted by the Goblin King Jareth.  This means it will be February 14, from 6pm to 8pm.

Come dressed a character or creature from the Jim Henson’s Labyrinth or as some other fantasy character.  Simple fancy dress will do as well.  There will be prizes for best male, best female, best couple, and best kid costume.

This will be a family friendly event.  With performances by Professor Phineas T. Bubblemaker, Bubble Magician Extraordinaire.  There will be some refreshments served, all made with bottle water if you were worried. Plus remember this will be a dance.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $17 for couples, $7 for kids under 18, senior citizens, and college students with ID.

If you do not already have plans for Valentine’s Day, check this out for some.

Kanawha Players Theater
309 Beauregard St.
Charleston, WV 25301

image created by Erin Murphy

Two Ways to See Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead by George Romero and John Russo is a classic of zombie movie horror and now is your chance to see this story in two different ways.

It is Night of The Living Dead live from the Kanawha Players Theater in Charleston.  A theatrical version of the movie where the actors, props, and sets will all be black and white except for the blood.  Tonight’s performance will feature Jeremy Ambler, from the Walking Dead.  It will be directed by Devon Nuckles and Ginger Workman.
Show dates are October 18th, 19th, 25th, and 26th all at 8pm and on the 20th at 2pm.  Tickets $12 for adults and $10 for senior citizens, kids under 18, and students with ID.

Fall out from a satellite probe shot to Venus returns to Earth carrying a mysterious radiation that transforms the unburied dead into flesh-eating zombies. Seven people trapped in an isolated farmhouse, held hostage by the ravenous ghouls, begin to turn on each other as the dead encroach. A gripping terror-filled monochromatic play that brings all the fright of the cult classic to life. This blend of thrilling horror laced with touches of black humor envelops the audience in the action and unfolds into a shocking theatrical ending.


Come see RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead in a theater near you!
RiffTrax is doing one of their live shows on Tursday October 24 with their riffed version of Night of the Living Dead.  I think this version is going to be different from their earlier riff version.  The movie is only about 90 minutes long, but they always use about two hours.  Which means there should be several shorts before the feature to check out.  Plus arrive early for the pre-show “trivia.”

Check your area for a showing.  I will be in Barboursville again myself.  Tickets are still available.