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October 27, 2011

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Athens — It’s 1978 and zombies in polyester walk the earth, well at least on the stage at the Athens High School Auditorium as the AHS drama team presents the horror/dark comedy “Maul of the Dead.”

Based on a production by Mitch Brian, the show is rated PG-13 for zombie violence and will thrill audiences with three shows. Starting each night at 7 p.m., the production will take place today, Saturday and Monday. Tickets are $5.

As the zombies walk the earth a pair of SWAT team officers (Quinton Johnson and Mason Bogowitz) take refuge with a perfume counter girl (Channing Horton) inside a zombie-infested shopping mall. Hiding out in JC Penny, they're soon joined by a TV weather girl (Castle Campbell), her traffic reporter beau (Luke Davis) and a suburban punk chick (Arisa Hearn) who is still in love with the boy from the record store, who is now a zombie.

As ravenous hoards attached the frail security gate separating the living from the walking dead, the survivors make a desperate big for weapons and supplies, eventually forming a makeshift family amidst the consumer trapping of the 1970s.

Paradise is short-lived as betrayal, false identities and infection from a zombie bite threaten the belief that “there's got to be a morning after.”

Danger lurks behind every mannequin in a play that blends horror, satire and melodrama with punk rock and disco music into a “whirlwind of zombie mayhem.”

Other members of the cast are Jessica Nickell, Jazmine Williams, Skylar Walker, Brent Gutierrez and Evan Ward. Zombies in the cast include Rebecca Archer, Brian Arnold, Reagan Bell, Adrian Booth, Willie Hadnot, Omeko Irigo, Savannah Joblin, Lexi Lassiter, Robert Lenington, Patrick Moore, Gloria Peno, Ruth Granillo, Kenyon Walker, Brenda Juarez, Sloane Lenz and Feliz Lenz.

Crew members are Amber Archer, Lance Funkhouser, Kacie Ingram, Caleb Barnett and Ries Dunavun.

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