Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Entertainment

August 13, 2012

Zombie wannabes show off their shuffles and shudders

GOSHEN — Zombies invaded Goshen’s New World Arts theater Sunday — and they will again, starting Sept. 21, when “Revenants,” a play by Scott T. Barsotti, begins a three-weekend run.

Auditions were held for the play at 2 p.m. Sunday at the theater. Director Laura Gouin said she picked “Revenants,” which focuses on characters Karen and Gary and their experiences as their zombiefied spouses are chained to the basement wall, because it fits in with the “End of the World” theme for this theater season.

“When you think of different things that can end the world, a zombie apocalypse is one of them,” she said. “It’s a fun, bittersweet love story — that also happens to have zombies.”

Gouin, who has worked with NWA since 2003, will be moving to Chicago soon. She said she sees directing this play as her “fun swan song.”

“This play is more like what I typically gravitate to,” she said. “It’s a dark comedy. That’s most true to life — in our darkest places, that’s where humor lets us out. That’s how we use humor.”

The play will speak to those who follow zombie lore, Gouin said, especially the lore that sees zombies as a critique of societal practices.

“The play speaks to society, and the degradation of society,” Gouin said. “NWA has always chosen plays that speak to a deeper message, and this does that.”

Brittany Gardner-Kennel said she feels the message of the play, and that it’s not really about zombies.

“It’s more about the relationship between Karen and Gary and their journey through the whole thing,” Gardner-Kennel said. “They’re struggling to understand if their infected spouses are still alive in some way. I fell in love with it.”

Gardner-Kennel said she has been involved with NWA productions, either acting or directing, for the last five years.

“This play is something great to ponder on,” she said. “It makes you ask, ‘What do relationships mean?’ It’s messing with what our perception of consciousness is, and what makes us human and separates us from being just instinctual.”

Michael Kennel also auditioned Sunday, and he said people may be attracted to the play because of zombies, but may get more than what they came for with the drama and story line.

“The zombies are more of a backdrop or looming idea than anything else,” he said. “The linchpin of the show is on relationships and living with regrets, about not letting opportunities pass you by. It’s a bit of a tragic love story.”

Beyond the zombies present in this play, zombies are also playing a part in the current fundraiser for a lift chair for the theater, according to Gouin. Zombie Apocalypse Survival Kits are currently for sale for $100, with all of the proceeds going to put in the lift chair.

“The kit would help you survive for about a week — as long as you run fast,” Gouin said with a laugh. “We just delivered our first batch, and we’re currently taking orders for our second batch.”

Gouin said anyone interested in helping out with the show or theater as a volunteer, or anyone else who wishes to audition, can contact her via email at lgouin@newworldarts.org. Learn more about NWA at www.newworldarts.org.

1
Text Only
Entertainment
  • GN140724 Little Women 'Little Women' opens at Round Barn Tuesday NAPPANEE — Since 1868 ambitious fans of Louisa May Alcott’s novel have dreamed of being one of the March sisters. In the pages of Little Women, young and adolescent girls are able to read about the “normalization” of ambitious women by repeatedly reinforcing the importance of individuality and female vocation.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • LIBRARY NEWS: Hypnotherapist coming to Syracuse Angie Hernandez, certified Hypnotherapist, is presenting a session on using Emotional Freedom Technique, also called tapping, on from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. People are invited to a free class to experiment with this technique for self-healing. Nick Ortner, author of The Tapping Solution, says EFT is a type of meridian tapping that combines ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology. Tapping utilizes the body’s energy meridian points by stimulating them with your fingertips.

    July 21, 2014

  • ENT GN0717 Buddy Guy 02 Blues legend Buddy Guy to perform at the Lerner in October On Saturday, Oct. 25, the Lerner Theatre hosts one of the most influential artists in the history of blues and rock ‘n roll.

    July 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • ENT 0714 library photo Candy science experiments at Milford Milford Public Library 101 N. Main St., 658-4312 Dial-A-Story, 658-9540 www.milford.lib.in.us Food and Fun Day The final food and fun day of summer will be July 23 and feature science experiments with candy. There are four sessions to choose from 10:

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140710 Jennie Sophia 02 Goshen High School grad Jennie Sophia takes lead in production of "Brigadoon" For Jennie Sophia, to play the lead role of Fiona MacLaren in Lerner & Lowe’s “Brigadoon” is a dream realized.

    July 10, 2014 2 Photos

  • Country/gospel sing underway at Buck Lake A Michiana Country/Gospel Weekend is underway at Buck Lake Ranch in Angola. Today there will be concerts all day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bands scheduled to play today include: Backwoods Ramblers, Heartstrings Bluegrass, Heaven Bound, Aaron Stutzman (y

    June 27, 2014

  • ENT GN0626 hbo image 02 HBO drama probes the trauma of a missing 2 percent NEW YORK — Not long ago, 2 percent of the world’s population vanished. Quietly, instantly, with no provocation.This unfathomable loss continues to haunt all those left behind, including residents of the small New York town that serves as the setting

    June 26, 2014 2 Photos

  • ENT GN0626 eli wallach image Eli Wallach, veteran character actor, dies NEW YORK — Eli Wallach, the raspy-voiced character actor who starred in dozens of movies and Broadway plays over a remarkable and enduring career and earned film immortality as a conniving, quick-on-the-draw bandit in the classic Western "The Good, t

    June 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140619 moe at ignition 10.jpg Stars align in Nashville to bring jam band, moe. to Goshen last week GOSHEN You got to love it when a plan comes together.Jason Samuel is on a five­?week sabbatical doing research for a music project. In Nashville, he’s at the home of a Sugar Hill Records senior radio rep. He’s in the same office as Sugar Hill managem

    June 22, 2014 7 Photos

  • GN140622 preservation hall concert 04.jpg CONCERT REVIEW: Preservation Hall Jazz Band proves again it's special

    For more than 50 years, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has blended the power and mystery of New Orleans jazz into a sound that seemingly blows your hair back and chases away your troubles. They're smooth. They're cool. They're as good as it gets in American artistry.

    June 21, 2014 8 Photos

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites Anti-violence Advocate Killed, but Not Silenced. Dempsey: Putin May Light Fire and Lose Control Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires
Poll

Last weekend (July 12) the Goshen Parks Department held its Kid’s Try-athlon to promote childhood fitness and this week (July 18) the new bicycle trail is open to the fairgrounds in Goshen, offering residents a healthy way to get to the annual agriculture exposition. Have you joined the local fitness movement?

Yes, I work at eating healthy and exercising
No, I am happy with my fitness level
Changing my diet and exercise frequency is a work in progress
     View Results