Geneva High School Drama Club's stage production of one of the most influential horror movies of all time — “Night of the Living Dead” — will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday the 3rd, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 at Geneva High School, 101 Carter Road.
The final dress rehearsal at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1 will also be open. In lieu of tickets, the cast and crew request that patrons take canned or bagged pet food or litter to be donated to the Beverly Animal Shelter.
Based on the screenplay by George Romero and John Russo, and adapted for the stage by Lori Allen Ohm, 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.
Siblings Johnny (played by Marshall Keeton) and Barbara (Hannah Schoonover) are paying their annual respects at a family grave when the first encounter with these beings gruesomely takes place. Barbara soon finds herself in an abandoned farmhouse where other survivors try to make sense of the evening's strange events. She is joined by Ben (Josh Jones), a strong-willed man with a plan to make it through the night, and Tom (Anthony Luzzi) and Judy (Grace Pilet), a young couple on their way to a nearby lake.
Adding tension to the mix is Harry Cooper (Adrian Cowles), an ornery family man who has his own ideas about how to stay safe, his wife, Helen, (Jasmine Bush), and their ailing daughter Karen (Charlotte Adams-Brooks), a recent victim of the attacks.
Split between floors of the farmhouse, the strangers take turns exploring ways to survive. With the help of radio and television news broadcasters (Hailee Holliman and Mackenzie Myers), a zombie expert (Sharon Caito), and the town Sheriff (T.J. Schühle), the refugees desperately hang onto any string of advice or hope available to them.
Additionally, local band El Kabong (James Eddington, Aaron Holland '07, and Zachary Schoonover) share the stage with the actors, performing an original score that adds to the dread and tension.
Doors will open half an hour before the scheduled start time and the audience will be seated on stage, surrounded by the actors and the action, which is intended for mature audiences. Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door and are available in Geneva at Area Records and Music, the Smith Opera House, the high school office during school hours, or by calling (315) 781-5483.