Young Artists Forever Presents "Evil Dead: The Musical" April 5-14, 2019 in Thousand Oaks

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Young Artists Forever will present Evil Dead The Musical April 5 - 14, 2019, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2:00pm with on Thursday performance at 7:30 pm at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 West Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks. Book and Lyrics are by George Reinblatt with Music by Frank Cipolla, Christopher Bond, Melissa Morris & George Reinblatt. Mark Andrew Reyes will direct with musical director Zachary Spencer. All proceeds benefit Young Artists Ensemble, and this play is recommended for mature audiences due to strong language, zombie violence, and fake blood. Parents are strongly cautioned as some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

Evil Dead The Musical takes all the elements of the cult classic films, The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness and combines them for one of the craziest, funniest, and bloodiest theatrical experiences of all time. Five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods, and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. It’s all up to Ash (a housewares employee, turned demon-killing hero), and his trusty chainsaw to save the day. Blood flies. Limbs are dismembered. Demons tell bad jokes… and all to music.

Director Mark Andrew Reyes has been a part of the Young Artists Ensemble and the Conejo Recreation and Park District Cultural Unit since 1988. He has directed over 20 of their productions including JESUS CHRIST SUPESTAR, JEKYLL & HYDE, LES MISERABLES, INTO THE WOODS, THE CRUCIBLE, WE WILL ROCK YOU, and CARRIE THE MUSICAL. He’s also directed shows for The Conejo Players, The Camarillo Community Theatre, The Marquie Dinner Theatre, and Oaks Christian High School. Also an actor, he’s portrayed King Arthur in CAMELOT, the title role of MACBETH, THE ELEPHANT MAN, Cinderella’s Prince in INTO THE WOODS, Che in EVITA, El Gallo in THE FANTASTICKS, and a 15 year run as Herr Drosselmeyer for the Pacific Festival Ballet’s annual THE NUTCRACKER at the Kavli Theatre.

Young Artists Forever is a talented and generous group of Young Artists Ensemble Alumni and Friends who gather to donate their time and talents for the presentations of fun musical productions. This Ventura County based non-profit theatre was created with the goal of providing hands on learning experiences for graduates of the YAE program hoping to pursue careers in Directing, Producing, Designing or other jobs in the theatre industry. Recent Young Artists Forever productions include “Avenue Q”, “Spring Awakening”, “Into the Woods”, “Godspell”, “Rent”, “The Last Five Years” starring Veronica Dunne, “Urinetown”, and “The Rocky Horror Show”. These productions are created to support the performing arts and raise money for Young Artists Ensemble, while giving YAE alumni a chance to come back to perform in the place where they first began to develop their craft and deepen their love for the theatre.

Young Artists Ensemble is an award-winning theatre company for young people that has received many accolades, including the Encore Statue Award from the City of Thousand Oaks for Excellence in the Arts. It has received top honors in the National Youth Arts Awards for many of its Teen Summer Musicals and its Conejo Theatre For Everyone. When the Young Artists Ensemble started in 1981 it was a small group performing on a shoestring budget in the back room of a local park. Today it produces an annual Family Theatre Season as well as annual Teen Dramas and Teen Summer Musicals. YAE works to instill a seed of love for the arts in the youth of this community that will continue to grow and blossom throughout their lives. Yearly it provides opportunities for hundreds of kids between the ages of 10 and 19 to perform in well-known musicals and plays, and hosts an annual program that integrates developmentally delayed adults into the theatrical community.

Reserved tickets in the Splatter Zone are $20, and tickets in the Non-Splatter Zone are $15 for Students and seniors and $20 for adults, and may be purchased by calling 805-381-1246 or visiting www.hillcrestarts.com. SPLATTER ZONES! rows are designated seats that will be on the receiving end of several ‘Blood Effects’ in the show. A Clear plastic poncho is included with each Splatter zone Ticket and while non-toxic ‘Stage Blood’ will not stain most fabrics, the producers make no guarantees. Says director Reyes, “I recommend wearing those old shoes, old jeans and old shirt everyone hates, or be bold and brave and just wear all white!” Guests who catch entrails or body parts must return them at the end of the performance.