Alright, screwheads. Here's the deal: one of us (I don't know who, it definitely wasn't me) decided to read from a little ditty called the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis, summon a bunch of Deadites, and now the world's pretty much screwed. So what a damn good time to put on a musical.
Thankfully enough, with your help, we're doing just that!
In October 2017, Deer in the Spotlight is presenting George Reinblatt's EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL and it's going to make the month of Halloween that much more groovy. And it'll be even groovier if you help!
EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL runs OCTOBER 13, 14 and 20, 21 of 2017 at Street Lamp Productions in Rising Sun, MD and is produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.
"Okay, I guess I'm interested. What's it about?"
EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL is a hilarious musical version of Sam Raimi's Evil Dead series. You know, Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, Army of Darnkness, Ash vs. Evil Dead, and more!
It goes a-little something like this: Ash Williams and a bunch of his pals, while taking a vacation to a cabin in the woods, unwittingly awaken an ancient evil and are forced to combat it -- and themselves -- to keep it at bay. Shotguns. Memorable musical stylings. Blood. Chainsaws. Pithy catch-phrases. De-handings. Blood. This show has it all, and whether or not you're a fan of EVIL DEAD, you're bound to come out of it loving it -- and drenched in blood.
"Who is Deer in the Spotlight?"
Deer in the Spotlight is a brand-new production company headed up by Bambi Johnson and Bob Denton. They're pretty much a pair of wonder twins: Bambi Johnson has 30 years of dance, direction, and choreography experience, having directed/choreographed shows like Disney's The Little Mermaid, CATS, Bring It On!, Cabaret, Spring Awakening, and more! Bob Denton is a career technical, scenic, and projection designer, and has developed tech, props, and digital projection for nearly 40 shows in the Baltimore area. Both of them have won multiple Broadway World Baltimore awards for their work. Seriously, they're a dream-team. She's got killer hair. He's got a killer beard. Take it from me; I think they're pretty great.
"So if they're so great, why do they need my help?"
Funny you should ask. Donations made to their production of EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL not only net you some pretty sweet rewards, they also go at helping cover the cost of a design-heavy show filled with guts and gore.
But even better than that, EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL is Deer in the Spotlight's inaugural production, and any proceeds earned over the goal will go right back into this and future productions. That means paying the hard-working crew and talent; that means storing sets for next year's production of EVIL DEAD (you think we're only doing this once?); that means helping Deer in the Spotlight put on other butt-kicking shows by allowing them to rent equipment and recruit talent for the future!
But if you want to know exactly what your donations are going to? Here's the breakdown of our budgeted expectations:
Royalties/Music - $780
Printing/Media - $550
Designers (Lighting/Stage Manager/Music Director) - $950
Set Materials/Supplies - $1,000
Costumes/Props/Sound - $800
Rehearsal/Theatre Space - $1,400
So, what do you think, kid? This October, blood's gonna fly at Street Lamp Productions in Rising Sun, MD., and we want you to be there to "Do the Necronomicon" with us.
"What's in it for me?"
What, laughing hysterically and having a great night out on the town isn't enough for you? That's okay, it's usually not for me either. Thankfully enough, there's some great stuff in it for you! Here are some of the rewards you can get:
$10 - Just Me Baby. You're the best. You selflessly donate $10, and you get a shout out in our program. Anything you want! Go wild. Imagine it like a half-Tweet you can never take back and that you'll undoubtedly get fired for if your boss ever sees it! (50 characters or less; write your shout-out in the donation comment; if none is provided, we'll list your name as a project supporter!)
$25 - Bit-Part Demon. You're not just some preppy boy toy that people can just push around! Donate at this level and get 1 ticket to see EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL and a shout-out in our program! Your Mom will be proud. (50 characters or less; write your shout-out in the donation comment; if none is provided, we'll list your name as a project supporter!)*
$35 - Screwhead. You might not be a full-fledged Deadite, but you still die like one! Donate at this level and get 1 ticket to see EVIL DEAD as well as a sweet Evil Dead sticker that you can do with as your little heart desires.*
$45 - Hellraiser. Now we're talking! Donate at this level and get 1 ticket to see the show as well as an EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL t-shirt that'll look great covered in fake blood once this two hours of madness is done!*
$100 - S-Mart Employee. You're too cool for the world to handle! Donate at this level and get 1 ticket to see the show along with a custom Ash Williams LEGO-style figurine, an EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL sticker, an S-Mart pin and EVIL DEAD lanyard for all your key-swingin' needs.*
$150 - Double-Barrel. Here's a treat for you and the special someone in your life! This donation level gets you 2 tickets, and during curtain-call, we call you up, let you give a shout-out, and then we douse you in fake blood and get you a signed picture with the cast right after!*
$250 - Necronomigod. Yeah, sweet! This level not just gets you 1 ticket, but also a hand-made Necronomicon! This Necronomicon -- complete with weathered pages, latex fleshy cover, and plenty of spells to awaken your favorite Dark Forces -- is hand-made and hand-painted from a one-of-a-kind mold crafted by Bob Denton himself! You'll be holding about 15 hours of personal labor...and aeons of pain!*
$1000 - HailToTheKing! This level is for the Big Bads out there who just can't say no to sponsorship opportunities! This level gets your logo or name on all of our promotional material and media from that point. Talk to us more about what this gets you!
* Let us know in the COMMENTS section of your donation what show you want to attend!
- Adam Maggio
- Lisa Peterson
- Bambi Johnson
- Charles Johnson
- Adam Nelson