Aurora Theatre showcased Zombie Prom from Oct. 23-27 at the Aurora Studio Black Box Theatre.
For the first time, GGC’s fall musical was not be directed by theatre professor Jaclyn Faircloth, but instead Renita James, Education Coordinator at Aurora Theatre.
Zombie Prom is a lesser-known musical comedy that premiered off-Broadway in the mid-1990s. The musical is set in a fictional 1950s high school and follows the love story of Jonny, an outcast rebel, and Toffee, a popular good girl. Jonny was played by Daniel Lee, a sophomore majoring in Cinema and Media Arts Production (CMAP), and Toffee was played by junior CMAP major Robyn Rogers.
The couple are going steady until Toffee’s parents pressure her to break up with Jonny, leading him to hurl himself into the local nuclear plant. Jonny dies, returns to school as a zombie, and finds himself not only struggling to be with Toffee but fighting for his right to stay in school and be accepted.
Why Zombie Prom?
“The humor is pretty dark, and I love dark comedy,” said James when asked why she chose Zombie Prom. “It’s about a kid who comes to school already an outsider, just wanting to be accepted,” she said. “When he comes back as a zombie and more of an outcast … seeing everyone rally for his acceptance [is] really such a beautiful thing.”
“It’s a feel-good, funny show,” she said. “Who doesn’t love to feel good when they leave the theater?”
The cast was very excited for their fellow GGC students to see the show. “The choreography is great, the songs are great, and it’s really great to have a guest director involved to kind of shake things up,” said Rogers.
“There’s a lot of romance, and zombies of course,” said Lee.