Andrew Sharp, director of the University of Wisconsin-Richland fall theatre production, “Night of the Living Dead,” has announced the cast for this play based on the classic 1968 black-and-white horror film.
As is the customary practice with UW-Richland theatre, the cast and crew includes community people—from elementary students through mature adults—as well as UW-Richland students. In the list below, those marked with an askterisk * are current UW-Richland students. Several other cast members are alumni and the cast this fall is international, as well, with members from China and Russia.
Roles of the living and the person cast to play them are:
Ben, Donald Hart, Elroy;
Barbara, Bridget Ravis*, Richland Center;
Johnny, Austin Wahl-Johnson*, Arena;
Harry Cooper, Paul Carlson, Richland Center;
Helen Cooper, Amy Rohn, Richland Center;
Karen Cooper, Chay Austin Schmitt, Richland Center;
Tom, Alex Barnes*, Richland Center;
Judy, Samantha Tate*, Wilton; and
Radio Announcer, Dave Turk, Richland Center.
Playing dual roles are:
TV News Anchor/Zombie, Rebecca Smith*, Richland Center;
Dr. Grimes/Zombie, Alex Miller*, Richland Center;
Zombie/Reporter Bill Bardough, Stephen Roth*, Black Earth;
Zombie/Deputy, Nathan McDougal*, Avoca; and
Zombie/Deputy, Mark Steger*, Cashton.
The undead, zombies, include:
Austin Rider*, Richland Center;
Brooke Schultz*, Kendall;
(Ms.) Charlie Hillman, Blue River;
Colton Kruse-Hilt*, North Freedom;
David Savage-Lobeck, Viola;
Gabriel Schmitt, Richland Center;
Jimmy Delyra*, Russia;
Kathleen Corey-Pittman, Richland Center;
Lance Maloney*, Richland Center;
Melanie Leer, Richland Center;
Shannon Drea*, Plain:
Sharon Zales, Richland Center;
Shelby Rognholt, Muscoda;
Yang Yang*, Bejing, China; and
Zach Larson, Richland Center.
Management and production staff, in addition to Director Sharp, Richland Center, include:
Set Designer Deb Zorea, Richland Center;
Master Carpenter Gregg Schmitt, Richland Center;
Stage Manager, Adam Rohn, Richland Center;
Make-up Crew Members Paige Ohlendorf*, Platteville, and Nichelle M. Skrupky-Nelson*, Viroqua;
Videographer, Eric Cairns, Hillsboro; and
Stage builder/Stage crew James Schipper*, Viroqua.
Audiences can look forward to frightening fun on Halloween weekend in the Coppertop Theatre on the UW-Richland campus, 1200 Highway 14 West in Richland Center. Performances of “Night of the Living Dead” are planned for 7:30pm on Friday, November 1 and 2, with a 1:30pm matinee on Sunday, November 3. For more information, contact Sharp by email at email@example.com or by calling (608) 647-7373.