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Playhouse spoofs space age flicks

Wes Ralston, left, plays Trenton Corbet and Allen Young is Billy, the delivery boy, in the upcoming playhouse production. - photo courtesy of Janis Powell
Wes Ralston, left, plays Trenton Corbet and Allen Young is Billy, the delivery boy, in the upcoming playhouse production.
— image credit: photo courtesy of Janis Powell

A flying saucer has been seen hovering over the Whidbey Playhouse as of late. Word has it that it is inhabited by an alien buxom aviatrix named Zombina, played by Amanda McCartney.

Terrorizing Earth and looking for he-specimens to repopulate her Planet X, she has zombified Major Malone (Nathan McCartney) and his right-hand man and Russian spy Rick Jones (Meiko Parton). Trenton Corbet (Wes Ralston) is the young astronaut trying to save the Probe Seven experiment from total destruction.

Alas, he too is zombified.

Major Malone’s daughter Mary (Caitlen Lewis), and his man-hungry secretary Charlene Osmanski (Mary K. Hallen) along with lovable Billy, the tap dancing delivery boy, (Allen Young) create a cacophonous noise on the roof of the Probe Seven Control Room to confront Zombina and her Zombettes. They try to destroy the secret weapon that she keeps in her throat— her extremely high and obnoxious voice.

This musical comedy spoof of 1950s space movies is called “Zombies from the Beyond” and will open at the Whidbey Playhouse next week. The soundtrack may be off a bit, and the dialogue is really corny, but this is, after all, a spoof. It’s a funny and toe-tapping take on the beginning of the atomic space age. Tickets are $16 for all seats and reservations can be made by calling 360-679-2237.

The show is directed by Mary Lou Chandler, assisted by Kent Peckenpaugh with vocal direction by Nathan McCartney, set design by Dave Myers and Sheila Ryan, and dance routines by Daunne Zinger and K. Sandra O’Brien. It is not one to be missed. “Zombies” opens Friday, Sept. 11, and runs weekends through Saturday, Oct. 3.

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