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Forest Grove's Theatre in the Grove opens its 49th season with campy, musical comedy.

STAFF PHOTO: JANAE EASLON - The cast of 'Evil Dead: The Musical' is all volunteer-based, and have rehearsed for more than two months to create the campy comedy. Forest Grove will be plagued with the living dead this Halloween.

Theatre in the Grove is bringing "Evil Dead: The Musical" to town after two months of rehearsals to launch its 49th season.

"Evil Dead: The Musical" is based off the 1980s cult classic films, "Evil Dead" and "Evil Dead 2" with a comedic take on the franchise.

It begins with five college students breaking into a cabin in the woods for vacation, only to discover something horrific.

"If you love the movies, you'll love this," director Zachary Centers said. "It is going to be very campy and bloody."

The show opened Friday, Oct. 19, with performances through Nov. 4 and a special midnight performance on Halloween,

The community theater sponsors a haunted tour through the theater for trick or treaters from 4 to 6 p.m. that night, then will be helping to sponsor a bar crawl from 8 to 11:30 p.m. in various venues through town including Ridgewalker Brewing and Diversity Cafe.

If people have tickets to see the musical, they earn 20 percent off drinks at each location, Centers said.

Much like live performances of "Rocky Horror Picture Show," the audience will feel a part of the show, Centers said. Audience members in the front two rows can expect to be a part of the "splash zone," a section where fake blood will splash.

Wanting to enjoy the theatricals without red all over your clothes? The theater is selling rain ponchos.

People have told Centers they will wear white shirts in the zone to show how much blood they get on them, he said.

"This is breaking the fourth wall, there is blood spraying all over you." Centers said. "We have over six sprayers doing 'Kill Bill' style of sprays. The chainsaw prop we have shoots blood."

While the musical isn't scary, Centers said he suggests the show for an adult audience.



By Janae Easlon
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