Saratoga Zombies are taking over Shenendehowa High School!
For seven days, the comedic musical “Zombie Prom” will hit the stage at Shen High School East Little Theater in Clifton Park, starting Friday, Oct. 21.
“It’s right around Halloween so we’re kind of using that to our advantage, it being a zombie musical,” said Jason Ford, director.
This is Ford’s first time directing a production for the Not So Common Players, Clifton Park’s community theater troupe, but it is far from his first brush with “Zombie Prom.”
“I was excited. I like the show and worked on it a number of times prior,” said Ford.
When the theater group’s Board of Directors was searching for a fall production, Chairwoman Sally Burke said attracting a younger and more mixed audience was the goal.
“We wanted to reach a young audience and hopefully this show will do it. ….We don’t get a lot of families with kids and we thought this show at Halloween with a theme sort of like ‘Grease’ would work,” said Burke.
Ford has taken some artistic liberty with the show and put a spin on the musical he said he hopes will draw in younger viewers.
“I used high school students in the roles of the students. Traditionally it’s done with adults but I made the choice to use high school students from around the region to fill those roles,” said Ford.
That directorial flexibility is what made working with the Not So Common Players a positive experience, he said.
“They have a lot of great people on their staff and they’re very supportive,” said Ford. “It was nice to meet new people. …They gave me a lot of free reign.”
“Zombie Prom” is a spoof on the ‘50s and debuted off-Broadway in New York City in the early ‘90s. Ford said it’s a show people can’t help but enjoy because of its appeal to old and young.