Theatre Geeks vs. Zombie Cheerleaders Review
Recently, I had the pleasure of seeing a comedy by Kathryn Walat, Theatre Geeks vs. Zombie Cheerleaders performed at Troy High School in Troy, Ohio. The performance space is a typical high school auditorium that has a large stage and abundant seating. This short-play takes place in a high school with focus on the drama club and cheerleaders. The plot starts out with the Drama Geeks having a monthly meeting in their favorite coffee shop discussing the latest news in the wonderful world of a Thespian. Meanwhile, the cheerleaders are prepping for the upcoming homecoming game and dance. Suddenly, something odd has happened to the cheer squad, they have begun to smell as if they had died and have grown an acquired taste for human flesh. Head zombie cheerleader, Peaches has risen from her vengeful grave to organize a zombie apocalypse upon the whole school. It is up to the Drama geeks to use their theatrical strategies to slay Peaches and her zombie cheer squad.
The simple set, created by in-house designer Jeremy Imboden, was created completely out of recycled materials that were previously used in other productions. The four panels that hung as a back drop was made out of wood paneling and cardboard. There were several movable pieces; tables, chairs, coffee bar, and tombstones due to the cast potentially performing the show at an area conference. The minimal set design was truly made up by the lighting design of Travis Denton. The combinations of the colored gels and strategically placed spotlights really set the mood of each scene.
The costume and makeup design was done by students of the high school, which may be the reason why this category was nothing extravagant. The Drama Geeks where dressed in bright and fun street clothing, which most likely came from the actor’s personal closets. The cheerleaders on the other hand really lacked in costumes, they did not...