Love, drama, music - with 50s kitsch thrown in for good measure - it's all part and parcel of Zombie Prom, a musical coming to Sunnyside High School.
Billed as a "campy, infectious comedy set in the atomic 50s," SHS performances of Zombie Prom will be Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25 and 26, as well as Thursday through Saturday, March 3-5. All performances start at 7 p.m. and will be held in the SHS auditorium.
Zombie features one of the largest cast and crew you'll see at a SHS production, as director Corey Murphy has about 40 actors plus another 40 backstage crew members working together to pull off the musical.
Murphy notes that, unlike many SHS musicals, Zombie will feature a large chorus - about 25 members - on stage for most of the performance. "It's one of my favorite musicals we've done," said Murphy.
So what is Zombie Prom?
It's a 1950s horror comic book brought to life as a musical comedy, Murphy notes.
It's the tale of a sweet, teenage girl named Toffee (Abby Ramos) and her rebel boyfriend Jonny (Sergio Ramirez), Murphy said.
The two meet at Enrico Fermi High School and fall in love, but the principal, Miss Delilah Strict (Lainey Rodriguez), with the help of Toffee's parents, persuades the indecisive young Toffee to break up with Jonny.
Tortured by the betrayal, Jonny flings himself into a nearby nuclear cooling tower!
Guilt ridden and alone, Toffee mourns the loss of her love, until three weeks later Jonny returns, risen from the dead as a teenage nuclear zombie!
Jonny professes his love and tells Toffee that he wants her back. He plans to clean up his act, finish school and take her to the senior prom. Toffee is racked with indecision, but worst of all Miss Strict refuses to allow "zombie scum" in her fine institution.
Meanwhile, Eddie Flagrante (Zane Rodriguez), a slick magazine writer, tipped off by one of Jonny's friends, swoops in to get the story.
As crisis takes hold of the school, Murphy says the following questions are raised:
Will Toffee take Jonny back?
Will Miss Strict let Jonny come back and finish school, or will she cancel Senior Prom, ruining the most important night in the lives of the students at Enrico Fermi High!?
Find out the answers at one of the performance dates, which have a cost of $6 for adults and $3 for senior citizens and students.
Other students featured in the large production include Gerardo Alquicira as Joey, Meagen Meyers as Coco, Irak Brambila as Jake, Kayla Rodriguez as Candy, Bob Ruppert as Josh, Yaritza Salmeron as Ramona Meringe and Lizze Sustaita as Ginger.