This is the eighth year of the Truro-based summer performances featuring young talent. Beginning tonight, and running until Saturday, A Zombie Summer … The Musical will be performed by more than 30 young people. The musical, which will be performed Thursday to Saturday at the Marigold beginning at 7 p.m., is an original production written and directed by Margot Bégin of Salmon River.
The story follows a group of children and teens who are attending summer camp on the fictional Gull Island when a group of campers fall prey to a mysterious zombie illness. The campers are cut off from the mainland and must rely on their wits and ability to work together in order to survive.
Participants have only had two and a half weeks to put together a two-hour musical that requires them to memorize pages of dialogue, learn complex vocal arrangements and master intricate choreography.
For veterans like 19-year-old Alex Purdy, the process is one he looks forward to every summer. “I love the sense of family that develops,” said Purdy in a news release. “It is such an intense process, but the kids all pull together. It astonishes me what we can accomplish and that’s what keeps me coming back.”
Nine-year-old Brooklynn Oliver is a newcomer to Spotlight Musical Theatre. After watching older brother Liam participate in the performances for the past five years, she was eager to take her place on the stage.
“It looked really fun,” said Oliver in the release. “People who barely knew each other at the beginning became really close friends.”
Ticket cost $18 and are available at the Marigold box office or through ww.ticketpro.ca