Zombies From The Beyond

Zombies From The Beyond

About the Play

A musical comedy celebration of American ideals and foibles in the Eisenhower era. Songs, dances, and laughs abound in the unlikeliest of settings as the Cold War and space race paranoia threaten the good folks at the fictional Milwaukee Space Center in 1955, where the staff is all abuzz at the arrival of rocket scientist Trenton Corbett. The budding romance of Trenton and Mary—the daughter of Space Center commander Major Malone—is jeopardized when a flying saucer lands in Milwaukee. The craft is piloted by Zombina, a buxom alien aviatrix bent on procuring he-specimens to re-populate her planet. Can Mary uphold her lady-like demeanor while using her facile intelligence to save Milwaukee from a Red Menace and a flying saucer invasion? Can plucky delivery boy Billy ever get secretary Charlene to notice his tap-dancing charms?? Can the stalwart men of Milwaukee survive brainwashing by a musical menace from another world who gives new meaning to “stratospheric” soprano??? Taking its cue from pulp movies popular at the time, ZOMBIES FROM THE BEYOND brings the 1950s nostalgically and hilariously to life with a tuneful, toe-tapping score.

Zombies From The Beyond is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service

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Last spring the Board at North Vancouver Community Players chose to present a full scale musical. Since then literally dozens of imaginative, talented people have worked to bring the magic of music, dance and falling in love to the stage for your enjoyment. With a springy step and a cheerful tune, James Valcq brings us the optimism of 1950’s America as it runs headlong into fear of the unknown. Rest assured though, in the Milwaukee Space Center, hope and persistence triumph over the evil Zombina. With all the turmoil in the world today Zombies From the Beyond offers up a wonderful ride and hilarious respite from all your troubles. So strap yourselves into our rocket ship and keep watching the stars! – Stephen Torrence

Thank you for your loyal support. You are the reason we keep doing this! Welcome to our second show of the 2013/14 season. This is a full-on musical and is hilarious, fast-paced, with high-intensity! Many of the cast and crew are new to Hendry Hall. I hope they enjoyed their experience enough that they will come back again to work on other shows. And any time you find yourself bored or lonely, we have ways to keep you busy and entertained. We love company!
– Glynnis Brassil

CastCrewProduction InfoAbout the Company
Character Played by
Major Malone Tyler Q. Felbel
Rick Jones Christopher Hall
Charlene “Charlie” Osmanski Julia Walmsley
Billy Krutzik Beniamino Comin
Mary Malone Javia Selina
Trenton Corbett Brian Hoskins
Zombina Mandana Namazi
All Voiceovers Paul Tourneur
Director Stephen Torrence
Author James Valcq
Production Manager Karen Golden and Fran Heaney
Musical Director Leigh Richards Stewart
Assistant Musical Director Barb Brolly
Choreographer Leigh Richards Stewart (assisted by Cris Lowis)
Musician Kirsten Wood
Stage Manager Charlotte Pettigrew
Assistant Stage Manager Frances Kerstiens, and Cameron Carvalho
Set Designer and Decorator Glynnis Brassil
Head Carpenter Gord Pope
Set Construction Gord Pope, Evan Llewellyn, and Stephen Torrence
Set Painters Glynnis Brassil, Robin Hilliard, Missy Chen, Fran Heaney, and Karen Golden
Properties Frances Kerstiens, Glynnis Brassil, Fran Heaney, and Karen Golden
Graphic Design, Properties Barb LaBounta
Special Effects Designer – Video Paul Tourneur
Lighting and Sound Designer Greg Dent
Lighting and Sound Operators Rob Thompson, Sandy Branning, Jayden Lucas, and Simon Drake
Costume Designers Kristina Alary, and Hisako Stryck
Costume Assistant Karin Bews
Hair and Make-Up Designer Lisa Harry
Publicity Graphic Artist Linda Sharp
Publicity and Program Anne Marsh
Front-of-House Coordinator Evan Llewellyn
Box Office Glynnis Brassil, and Sue Worrow
Opening Night Caterers Jenny Ashton, and Sandy Branning
Photographer Gary Schwartz
Videographer Chris Wolfe
Original Performance Dates October 18 to November 3, 2013
Venue The Theatre at Hendry Hall, North Vancouver, BC
Production Length 1 hour and 40 minutes
Production Style Musical Comedy
Special Thanks To Park Royal Mall Community Services, Rona (Park & Tilford), Ray Soden,
Vadim Kadoshnikov, Terry Preston, Paul Tourneur, Carl Craig,
Robby Hlady, Niki Vecsei, Rob Pope, Deep Cove Stage Society, Robert Mearns
Stephen Torrence Director – Stephen is happy to be back directing again at NVCP. He thanks his cast and crew for their tireless energy, beautiful music, outrageous humour and for making his musical theatre debut such a great experience. The Milwaukee Space Centre has come alive because of your efforts. To the volunteers back-stage, in the booth and front of house, he extends heartfelt gratitude. He is grateful to his wife Karen for her patience, support and insight, and for taking on the duties of Co-Production Manager. And finally he offers a big thanks to the patrons of NVCP who we hope enjoy the show.
Leigh Richards Stewart Musical Director and Choreographer – Leigh has been involved in nearly every aspect of theatre for over 30 years. She has been an NVCP member since 1991, and has worked with groups such as Theatre Under the Stars, First Impressions Theatre, Deep Cove Stage Society, The Giggle Dam Dinner Theatre, and The Comedy Company. This show could not have been executed without the unique talents of this stellar cast and production team. She thanks them, as well as Barb Brolly for her invaluable musical assistance and undying commitment.
Barb Brolly Assistant Musical Director – Barb has performed in and/or music directed several NVCP productions over the past 22 years. She was delighted to accept the challenge of supporting this zany show as rehearsal pianist, assisting lovely Leigh in guiding the cast through the intricate harmonies of the complex musical score. It’s been a joy working with such a talented cast and crew!
Beniamino Comin Billy Krutzik – Ben has never performed outside of school before and is thrilled to be working with such a talented cast and crew for his first real show. He has been dancing his whole life and is excited to be able to show the audience his “Atomic Feet”. He would like to thank his parents (this one’s for you Mom) for encouraging and understanding his passion for the arts.
Tyler Q. Felbel Major Malone – Tyler has performed in numerous community theatre productions, mostly musicals, and plays several instruments. He last appeared with NVCP as Angus in The Drawer Boy, for which he was awarded Best Supporting Actor at the Theatre BC Mainstage Festival. The show also won several awards at the North Shore Zone Festival, including Best Production, Best Director and Best Ensemble.
Christopher Hall Rick Jones – This marks Christopher’s first appearance with NVCP and he is very excited to be performing for you tonight. Previous credits include Susannah the Opera (Vancouver Academy of Music), Pirates of Penzance (North Shore Light Opera), Mother Goose (Metro Theatre), Vaudeville Varieties (Footlight Theatre), and Victor Victoria (DSR Productions).  As a former member of Vancouver’s Broadway Chorus, he has performed in over 12 original musicals with this group. Enjoy the show!
Brian Hoskins Trenton Corbett – Brian returns to Hendry Hall for his third show, after appearing in The Real Thing and The Vertical Hour. Working on Zombies has been a real joy for him, not only because of the immensely talented cast and crew, but it has also afforded him the chance to play a character who is modelled after the secret identity of his childhood hero.
Mandana Namazi Zombina – Mandana joyfully returns to the NVCP stage, having last appeared as dim-witted humanoid Susan Hollister in The Murder Room. Other recent non-alien credits: Catherine in These Shining Lives and Meg in Leading Ladies (both for Deep Cove Stage, and neither dim-witted). Having significant experience playing humanoids at both ends of the intelligence spectrum, Mandana can honestly say “aliens have more fun”.
Javia Selina Mary Malone – Javia Selina is absolutely delighted to be zapping back to the 1950s on this zany ride that is Zombies From the Beyond. Javia has recently completed her Bachelor of Performing Arts degree and is currently pursuing a career as a Musical Theatre Performer and Vocalist. Past credits include: Lips in Grimm Girls (Concrete Vertigo), and Veronica in Scotch and Chocolate (Vancouver Fringe Festival 2013).
Julia Walmsley Charlene “Charlie” Osmanski – Blast off baby! Julia is over the moon to be joining NVCP’s production of Zombies From the Beyond. All the way from Toronto, Julia moved to Vancouver a year ago to study music therapy, and of course, fell in love with the city. Her past credits include Evil Dead, Urinetown, Homechild and My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding.