Oregon Children's Theatre to Present World Premiere ZOMBIE IN LOVE, 3/1-23

Oregon Children's Theatre to Present World Premiere ZOMBIE IN LOVE, 3/1-23

Zombie in Love! Don't let the title keep you awake at night. This charming musical follows Mortimer, a lonely zombie dying to find true love. He tried the gym, but his arm kept falling off. He offered his actual heart to the mail carrier, but she ran away screaming. Now he's taken out an ad and pinned his hopes on the annual Cupid's Ball. Will the girl of his dreams be waiting for him by the punch bowl?

It's not easy being a brain-eating, graveyard-walking, bleeding-heart romantic, but this sweet story will make you believe in love after life. Clever tunes and monster mash moves will delight audiences of all ages.

Zombie in Love runs March 1-23 Saturdays at 2:00 and 5:00pm and Sundays at 11:00am and 2:00pm (no 11:00am shows March 2 and 9). All shows will be performed at the Winningstad Theatre at 1111 SW Broadway. Tickets are $18 and $28 for adults and $15 and $24 for children. Group rates are also available. For tickets, call 503-228-9571 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. The show is recommended for children 4 years old and up. For more information, visit www.octc.org.

OCT is committed to commissioning and producing at least one new script each year. Zombie in Love will mark the 10th original script to be premiered by OCT. New play development is an essential element of OCT's vision. The company is committed to bringing fresh and relevant stories to the stage that will be enjoyed by diverse audiences for years to come.

OCT recently received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the development of Zombie in Love. This is the fifth year in a row that the NEA has honored OCT for new play development. "Receiving financial support from the NEA is critical to sustaining OCT's commitment to new play development," says Ross McKeen, OCT Managing Director. "Equally important is that it signals that OCT's work is recognized and respected nationally."

Zombie in Love is adapted from the original book by Kelly DiPucchio with pictures by Scott Campbell. Book and lyrics by Michelle Elliott with music by Danny Larsen. The cast features Blake Peebles as Mortimer; Madison Wray as Mildred; Javon Carter as Rodney; and Madeleine Delaplane, Nate Golden, Thom Hilton, Lindsey Koehler, and Madison Thompson in the ensemble.

The creative team includes: Marcella Crowson (Director & Co-Scenic Design), Darcy White (Musical Director), Chris Rousseau (Co-Scenic Design), Emily Horton (Costume Design), Mark LaPierre (Lighting Design), Cecil Averett (Sound Design), Sara Mishler Martins (Choreographer), and Drew Dannhorn (Props Master).

Founded in 1988, Oregon Children's Theatre has served over two million children, teachers, and families. OCT is Oregon's largest non-profit professional children's theater company and a resident company of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts. Performances are held weekdays for school audiences and on weekends for family audiences. OCT serves more than 120,000 children of all ages each year. OCT offers numerous school services including study guides, teacher professional development opportunities, in-school workshops, and an extensive outreach program. In partnership with Kaiser Permanente, our Educational Theatre Program provides free touring productions that promote healthy living. OCT's year round Acting Academy offers theater classes for children ages 3-18.

Photo Credit: Owen Carey

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