Zombie Prom

"Zombie Prom" begins Friday at LaPorte Little Theatre.


Matt Robinson, co-director of LaPorte Little Theatre Club’s production of “Zombie Prom,” admitted to receiving a little pressure from his cast to bring the musical to the stage.

“Some of the younger cast right away latched onto it,” he said. “I was still kind of on the fence, and when some of our teenagers got wind of it, they said ‘You have to do it. You have to do it.’ They pushed for it big time.”

The show opens Friday and runs through Oct.8. “Zombie” follows the highs and lows between Jonny, a rebellious senior at a high school in a town all-too-close to a nuclear power plant in the 1950s who returns from the dead as a zombie, and Toffee, the class good girl.

Featuring songs such as “Good as it Gets,” “Where Do We Go From Here” and “How Can I Say Goodbye,” “Zombie” was created by Dana P. Rowe and John Dempsey, whose joint credits include acclaimed off-Broadway and Off-West End productions such as “The Fix” and “The Witches of Eastwick.”

The musical made its debut in Key West in 1993 before making it to the Big Apple three years later. It was also adapted into a short film in 2006, featuring RuPaul and Katy Mixon (“American Housewife”) in its cast.

“It’s a little different,” said Robinson, who is directing “Zombie” with Douglas Campbell. “It’s got some dark twists but it’s not real dark. It’s not really scary at all... It’s not something that you normally see or hear a playhouse doing.”

Geovanny Tapia is Jonny and Grace Tarnow is Toffee in LaPorte Little Theatre’s production of “Zombie. They lead a cast of nearly three dozen adult and teen thesps and singers. They are joined onstage by Katy Gartland as the appropriately-named high school principal Deliliah Strict and Tim Gartland as aspiring journalist Eddie Flagrante.

“Zombie Prom” is the kickoff production for LaPorte Little Theatre Club’s 93rd season. Its next production, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” is scheduled to open Dec. 8.