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PLEASE DON’T FEED THE ZOMBIES! – Members of the Oxford Theater Company will perform the classic “Night of the Living Dead” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. Photo by C.J. Carnacchio. (click for larger version)
October 27, 2010 - Oxford High School is about to be overrun by hungry zombies who crave only one thing – human flesh!

These reanimated ghouls will be doing their ghastly grocery shopping in the Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 as the Oxford Theater Company presents "Night of the Living Dead."

This the second straight year the Theater Company will perform a play for Halloween.

"The kids were so happy with the way 'Dracula' went (last year), they wanted to do something else that was well-known, but had a larger cast," explained OHS teacher Debra Brown, advisor to the Theater Company. "This one had the biggest cast we could find."

The hour-long, one-act play is based on the 1968 classic horror film, directed by George A. Romero, that shocked and disturbed audiences, enraged and appalled critics and set a new standard for all the gory flicks that followed.

For those not familiar with it, the story focuses on a small group of people who have become trapped in a rural Pennsylvania farmhouse by an army of recently-deceased folks who have returned to life and are consuming – gulp – human flesh.

Much like models, the undead don't include carbohydrates in their diet.

It's believed radioactive contamination from a space probe that exploded in the Earth's atmosphere is responsible for creating these undead creatures. The only way to kill them is with a gunshot or heavy blow to the head.

Question is, will this small group survive the night as the farmhouse is repeatedly attacked by ravenous zombies or will they end up as late-night snacks?

Let's just hope when the zombies are done feasting on the actors, they won't turn their attention to the tasty audience.

Tickets for the play are $3 each for everyone, adults and students alike.

Due to the graphic nature of the play, Brown said, "We're not recommending anyone under (age) 13 come."

Proceeds from "Night of the Living Dead" will help the Theater Company pay for set construction on its next play "Ella Enchanted," set to hit the stage Nov. 18-20.

CJ Carnacchio is editor for The Oxford Leader. He lives in the Village of Oxford with his wife Connie and daughter Larissa. When he's not busy working on the newspaper, he enjoys cigars/pipes, Martinis/Scotch, hunting and fishing.
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