SPECIAL TO THE PICAYUNE
COTTONWOOD SHORES — Zombies are descending upon the Highland Lakes — from outer space.
The Hill Country Community Theatre musical comedy “Zombies from the Beyond” lands on stage Feb. 19 with a nostalgic blast from the 1950s.
Taking its cue from pulp movies popular in that decade, James Valcq’s “Zombies” is a hilarious and tuneful take on the American ideals and foibles in the Eisenhower era, according to the theater. Set in 1955, the Cold War and space race paranoia threaten the good folks at the fictional Milwaukee Space Center, where the staff is abuzz at the arrival of rocket scientist Trenton Corbett. The budding romance between Trenton and Mary — the daughter of Space Center commander Major Malone — is jeopardized when a flying saucer lands in Milwaukee. The craft is piloted by Zombina, a buxom alien aviatrix bent on procuring male specimens to re-populate her planet.
The production is directed by Cranston Dodds, recently returned from teaching and performing at an international school in Cairo, Egypt. He previously directed “The Sound of Music,” “The Hobbit” and “Tom Sawyer” for the Hill Country Community Theatre.
The cast includes Kay Baker (of KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune) as Zombina, Adam Brust as Trenton Corbett, Alexandria Randolph as Mary Malone, David Duvall as Major Malone, Holden Fox as plucky, tap-dancing delivery boy Billy Krutzik, Jennifer Brust as Charlene “Charlie” Osmanski (Billy’s love interest) and Patrick Lescarbeau as Rick Jones.
Behind-the-scenes crew includes Becky Jones as music director, Virginia Shoemaker as choreographer and Brian Jacobs as stage manager.
“Zombies” runs Feb. 19-March 1 at the theater, 4003 FM 2147 in Cottonwood Shores. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2:15 p.m. Sunday. Tickets go on sale Feb. 9 to theater members and Feb. 12 to the general public.
Go to www.thehcct.org or call the box office at (830) 798-8944 for tickets.