‘Night of the Living Dead’ to open Friday at The Legion

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As Halloween approaches, The Pumphouse Players are turning their focus on Lori Allen Ohm’s “Night of the Living Dead.” Opening Friday, the production is based on George Romero and John Russo’s 1968 screenplay.“I have been enamored with zombies for as long as I can remember,” said Jenna Garrett, director of The Pumphouse Players’ “Night of the Living Dead.” “George Romero was one of my childhood heroes, and it’s an amazing feeling being able to pay homage to him in this way.“Our version of ‘Night of the Living Dead’ is a very dark, unsettling journey through the depths of panic and terror. The show is about seven people who all find themselves trapped in an old farmhouse, fighting for their lives. It really showcases just how far people will go to protect themselves and what they’ll do when pushed to their limits.”She continued, “Everything about this production makes me incredibly happy. I always love getting to play with gore makeup, but the outpouring of enthusiasm and excitement about this show has got to be the best part. People have come out of the woodwork wanting to be a part of this show. We have several first-time actors on our stage in some pretty large roles, and they’re all doing such an amazing job.”To be performed at The Legion Theatre, 114 W. Main St. in Cartersville, “Night of the Living Dead” will be presented Oct. 24, 25, 31 and Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. The cast will consist of Jessica Lee as Barbara; Kyle Redden as Johnny; Michael Clark as Harry Cooper; Kim Garrett as Helen Cooper; Reese Adkins as Karen Cooper; Jonathan Barnes as Tom; Jessa Terry as Judy; Mike Davis as Ben; Tony Bowers as Radio Announcer; Daniel Rich as New Anchor; Matt Thompson as Dr. Grimes; Chase Parker as Bill Bardough; Barry King as Chief McClellan; Andrew Bearden and Tim Whalen as Deputies; and Tony Bowers, Meaghan Czachor, Summer Garrett, John Katrek, Daniel Rich, Tyler Robertson, Emory Terry and Matt Thompson as Zombies.“My character, he’s just kind of an ordinary guy,” Davis said. “He’s trying to survive, but like a lot of guys I think he has a lot of pride and that causes him to make some mistakes along the way. I wanted to be a part of this production because I’ve seen the movie and I love it. I’m a big fan of it. I think doing it live is going to be a lot of fun. It’s a scary, scary show.”Tickets for “Night of the Living Dead” are $15 for general admission and $12 for Pumphouse Players members. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.pumphouseplayers.com or call 770-387-2610.