Zombie Prom at Prospect High School: Mash-Up Of Grease, Little Shop Of Horrors And The Walking Dead

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Prospect High School’s theater department presents its spring musical, Zombie Prom, Wednesday through Saturday, April 24-27, at 7 p.m. A Saturday matinee will also take place at 2 p.m. on April 27. Admission is $10. For more information or to obtain tickets, call House Manager Sandy Ghilarducci at (847) 718-5222.

Zombie Prom is sort of a mash-up of Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, and The Walking Dead, but “slicker and a lot funnier,” according to director Jeremy Morton. There is definitely something for everyone: dancing, doo-wops, teen ballads, rocking and rousing music, and a nuclear zombie!

This is the story of rebel-without-a-cause Jonny (played by senior Franco Longobardi), who drives his motorcycle into an atomic power plant and comes back as a zombie, determined to win his girl back. Jonny struggles to be treated just like any other kid. He and his girlfriend, Toffee (senior Jamie Kowalczyk), and the town reporter, Eddie Flagrante (senior Patrick Pfohl), battle against the hard-headed school principal Miss Strict (senior Chloe Chidester) to allow Jonny to re-enter high school, and especially to go to prom. Overall, Zombie Prom’s message is one of equal rights for all—in this case, even the undead.

Prospect congratulates “Jonny” (Franco Longobardi) for being selected as one of 24 finalists in this year’s Broadway in Chicago High School Music Theater Awards program. Longobardi will compete on Monday, April 29, against some of the most talented musical theater students in the state, representing Prospect’s Zombie Prom. See why he was selected for this recognition when Zombie Prom hits the Prospect stage!

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