Friday, October 3, 2014

Eight Ways to Get Your Halloween Game On This October


1. Experience Wicked Humor in Trey Parker’s Cannibal! the Musical
Coeurage Theatre Company will celebrate Halloween with the Los Angeles premiere of Cannibal! The Musical beginning Oct. 25 (opening 10/31 at 8:00 pm and midnight).  There will also be a Halloween party between the two opening night performances. Tito Fleetwood Ladd directs the musical which will play through Nov. 22 at the Lyric-Hyperion Theatre & Cafe in Silver Lake. From the creators of South Park and The Book of Mormon comes this uncouth, absurd, and wickedly tongue-in-cheek western spoof that tells the tale of a pack of miners on their way to the promised land of Colorado, led by the state’s only convicted cannibal, Alfred Packer. Replete with puppets, blood, song, dance, and Parker’s signature crassness, Cannibal! The Musical is guaranteed to delight and offend. The cast will feature Mike Brady, Ryan Brady, Brian Cannady, Gregory Crafts, Mikey De Lara, Travis Dixon, Josh Hoover, Ashley Kane, Jason Peter Kennedy, Scott Kruse, Peter Larney, Kari Lee, Gregory Nabours, Kurt Quinn, Kalena Ranoa, Christine Sinacore, and Joe Tomasini. www.coeurage.org


2. Get Re-animated when Re-Animator Returns
Graham Skipper and Jesse Merlin will reprise their roles as Herbert West and Dr. Carl Hill in Re-Animator the Musical on Oct. 10- Nov. 2 at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood. Also returning from the original cast are Cynthia Carle, Brian Gillespie, Marlon Grace, and Liesel Hanson. Joining them will be Darren Ritchie, Jessica Howell, and Ken Hudson Campbell. The musical, directed by Stuart Gordon, is based on H.P. Lovecraft’s film of the same name. Don’t forget to come dressed for the splash zone. www.reanimatorthemusical.com


3. Have a Halloween Hullabaloo
Get ready for a wild night of radioactive rock n’ roll theatre as Ipso Facto Theatricals returns with its one night only Halloween Hullabalo. Travel through time with cyborgs, vampires, mutant spiders and zombie freaks in a land where musical theatre meets rock, where cabaret meets commedia dell’arte. in this theatre/ vaudeville event mashup. You’ll see 13 spooky and terrifying acts: singers, dancers, aerialists, clowns and everything in between. Doors and pre-show entertainment begin at 9:00 pm and the show starts at 10:00 pm. Don’t forget your costume. There’s a $200 CASH prize for the best costume. Halloween dance party to follow spun by DJ Paul V. Halloween Hullabaloo is conceived and directed by Kyle Nudo. $25 gets you into the show and entire night’s frivolity. $20 after 11:00 pm for the dance party and mayhem. All proceeds benefit Ipso Facto Theatricals’ 2015 season and are tax-deductible. www.IpsoFactoTheatricals.com


4. Have Some Musical Fun with Eek! at the Greek
Symphony in the Glen’s family-friendly Halloween extravaganza will take place at the Greek Theater on Oct. 25. The event includes a Trick-or-Treat Village on the Greek Plaza complete with a costume contest for children, fun activities and trick-or-treating. The concert includes “Infernal Dance” from the Firebird by Igor Stravinksy, Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saens, Funeral March of the Marionette with children conductors, “Gnomes” from Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky, and the Devil Dance by John Williams. As a special feature, the concert will present a world premiere live performance of the cartoon Skeleton Dance from Disney’s 1929 “Silly Symphonies”. The cartoon will be accompanied by a performance of the original music by Carl Stalling. The program will also feature the return of Maestro Arthur Rubinstein’s eerie musical setting of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-tale Heart with special guest narrator, Bruce Boxleitner. www.symphonyintheglen.org

5. Get Crazy at Night of the Living Zoo
For a howling good time this Halloween season, claw your way to the Los Angeles Zoo on Friday, October 24, 7:00 -11:00 pm for Night of the Living Zoo, a “to die for” costume bash open to ages 18 and up. The second annual event transforms Zoo grounds with hair-raising special effects, ghouls, ghosts, fortune tellers, dancing with DJ Johnny Hawkes, music by neo-rockabilly band So-Cal Rocket Dynamics, “terrifying” keeper talks, feedings of “fearsome” animals, and some spooky surprises. Mysterious, macabre delights also include moonlit performances of goose-bump-producing Edgar Allan Poe and Edward Gorey stories by Drama After Dark, known for their sold-out work at past Huntington Library Halloween bashes. Dress for the occasion, with awards given for Scariest, Best Animal and Most Original costumes, including a VIP behind-the-scenes docent tour as the Grand Prize. Ticket prices include all the fun, plus two drinks (beer, wine or soft drinks). There will also be a full bar with mixed cocktails and food for purchase available throughout the evening. Guests are encouraged to arrive early for maximum Zoo animal viewing opportunities but stay late for visits with creepy creatures. www.lazoo.org/nightofthelivingzoo [photo by Dani Ballew Esposito]

6. Take the Family to Theatricum BOO-tanicum
Theatricum Botanicum transforms into the haunted BOO-tanicum for the fourth year in a row on Oct. 31 from 4:00 – 1:00 pm. Wander Theatricum’s wooded grounds in the heart of rustic Topanga Canyon, where you’ll find a haunted house; ghost stories; pumpkin carving; game booths; performances by Creative PlayGround, Melanie Kareem’s troupe of belly dancers and Theatricum’s resident improv comedy group Off the Grid. It’s a night of fright and frivolity. www.theatricum.com/bootanicum.htm

7. Get Interactive with ZJU's Urban Death Tour of Terror
Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group celebrates Halloween with its Urban Death Tour of Terror, an all-new fun and frightening, interactive Haunted-Halloween Theatre Attraction that steers theater-goers and thrill-seekers through a deep, dark and terrifying “Urban Death” labyrinth of inexplicable horrors, unfathomable monstrosities, and the disturbed spirits that walk among us. Directed by Zombie Joe and Jana Wimer and appropriate for ages 14 and up. There will be 5 Tour-Performances per evening on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30pm - 9:15pm - 10:00pm -10:45pm - 11:30pm. Oct. 10 – Nov. 1st at ZJU Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. Tickets are only $12 and are on sale now at ZombieJoes.Tix.com or call (818) 202- 4120 for reservations. www.ZombieJoes.com

8. Laugh it up at Rockwell’s Gonna SCREAM
Rockwell Table and Stage begins its new series, The Unauthorized Musical Parodies, with a spoof of the 1996 cult horror classic, SCREAM starring Sarah Hyland from Modern Family as Sydney Oct. 18 – Nov. 15. This hyperbolic retelling ups the ante from the camp of the original with live on-stage blood, beyond reverent narration, and the infamous killer mask donned by our very own “Screamettes.” Written and directed by television writers, Michael Gans & Richard Register and featuring musical direction by Brian P. Kennedy, the cast will include many other  L.A. favorites such as Missi Pyle, Christine Lakin, Nicole Parker and Jonah Platt. www.rockwell-la.com

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