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Evil Dead: The Musical: The Review

Photo by Debbie Holick (Medicine Hat News)

Photo by Debbie Holick (Medicine Hat News)

On Thursday last week, I partook in the watching of some very fine theatre produced by the Community Theatre Arts Centre (CTAC) and directed by Amber Krause. As previously mentioned in my auditions post, I was quite surprised that this show was being taken on locally. Evil Dead, to most, is a cheesy horror flick that has just the right amount of humour and tongue-in-cheek attitude to set it up for a cult status among B-movie and horror buffs. The musical follows this same directive, but plays it up a bit more, especially with the references to the Evil Dead movies, Bruce Campbell (main actor in the movies), and Sam Raimi (director of the movies). You don’t┬ánecessarily┬áhave to be the hugest fan of Evil Dead/Evil Dead 2/Army of Darkness to enjoy this musical, in fact, you might not even need to see the original movies to enjoy it – but it sure makes it funnier if you have.

I don’t really like musicals. But, when it’s Evil Dead, I love them. What I am trying to say is I loved the Evil Dead: The Musical. This show is hilarious, and also quite lewd – which may make it funnier. There’s plenty of cursing, sexual references, and blood/gore. This truly is a musical for people that don’t like musicals. Speaking of blood, the first 2 rows of seating are named aptly named, “Splatter Zone” because all the people that buy those tickets get splashed and sprayed with blood (it’s real blood too, but not really). The musical deviates quite a lot from the original story telling, and weirdly enough, feature more similarities to Army of Darkness (the last of the movies), especially with all the one-liners – but that’s not a bad thing either.

The musical played on Thursday, Friday and Saturday last week, now the same schedule is on for this week. I heard there’s not many tickets left, for some of the dates this week, so make sure you grab them quickly. You can grab tickets online at www.ctacmedhat.com or by calling, Della Jesse at 403-502-3477. The ticket prices range from $29-$35 depending on the circumstances.

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2 Responses to “Evil Dead: The Musical: The Review”

  1. March 16th, 2011 at 10:56 AM


    Dusty Melling says:

    I was truly impressed by how creative they were with props and stage set up, it was amazing and I recommend everyone else go see it also! It’s also happy on the drinking (there’s a little bar in the corner and jell-o shooters that walk around).

    Note: It’s across the street from a graveyard, oooOOOoo~~

  2. March 18th, 2011 at 5:00 PM


    Amber Krause says:

    I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed it. Thank you for the glowing review! We have such a talented and dedicated team that were committed to making this challenging show a success. So happy you were able to “Join Us!”

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