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If you are a big fan of Halloween haunted houses such as Seven Floors of Hell, Hauntville and Extreme Nightmares I have the perfect show for you. Blank Canvas has brought back “The Texas Chainsaw Musical”. Think of it as “Hairspray” but with fifteen gallons of fake blood spewed all over the set and into the first two rows of the audience.
From the opening ensemble song “Ol’ Devil Eyes” you know that this is going to be an evening of campy send-up’s in salute of every slasher film you have ever seen. What makes this production unique is that the cast is actually quite talented as actors, singers and dancers (even when trying to maneuver on a stage covered in “blood”).
Perren Hedderson plays Eddie. A poor misunderstood boy who “really” loves his momma (a sort of Forest Gump with chainsaw, knives, hammer, ax, shovel and an anvil that he uses to dispatch anyone he dislikes). His acting ability helps to pull off a difficult role while his superb singing voice rings clear. Kim Eskut is Momma who tries her best to “raise her son right” as a god fearing Christian boy. Other notables are Kate Leigh Michalski as Lucrecia who becomes Eddie’s girl friend and partner in crime and has a great voice for singing, Eric Thomas Fancher as Steven who is also equipped with a superb set of pipes as well and pulls off a neat plot twist at the end, Leslie Andrews as the Nun who belts out an impressive gospel style song and Betsy Kahl as Melissa who plays her perky role to the hilt.
The seating is set up as tiered on three sides with the first two rows being in “The Splash Zone” but even with the plastic barriers in place some “blood” did manage to make its way past into the higher rows, but not to worry, it washes out very easily. The set is spooky to say the least with minimum use of props which gives the actors plenty of room to work.
This comedy/horror combo play is very loosely based on the true story of Ed Gein (who was the inspiration behind Psycho) and actually has nothing to do with “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”. It is an adult rock musical loosely set in the 1970’s. So we’ll have Fun Fun Fun ‘til your momma takes your chainsaw away.
Now for the body count…over the course of the evening be prepared to witness the slaying by various means of fifteen humans (one which is un-born and yes that was a bit much), one dog, one cat and one ventriloquist dummy. “Blood” flies from all directions in sweeping arcs that pretty much inundates the two rows on every side.
There is one really funny bit when Lucrecia decides to commit suicide by slicing her wrists and the entire population of the two rows on that side of the theater recoils as they brace themselves for another red shower. In fact the entire show has little gags (no pun intended) that really spices up the production and helps keep your interest in the proceedings. The only complaint was the music volume at the offset that drowned out the singers, but it was soon adjusted and balanced.
Prude Alert: There is of course “language” but it is not too prevalent or overly loud. If you are squeamish about blood, murder, dummicide, the dispatching of household pets or corpses that fart flowers stay away from this one. If on the other hand you have a warped sense of humor that finds you laughing at mayhem then this is your show.
Special Note: No humans, animals or ventriloquist dummies where actually harmed in this production (well…the ventriloquist dummy did have his head removed but it was still not enough to get him to shut up).
Shooting From The Lip (My Last Words): Blank Canvas Theater’s production of “The Texas Chainsaw Musical” is a campy romp that is embarrassingly funny. You will find yourself laughing at some truly absurd moments while being sprayed with blood from top to bottom…all in fun. It’s more blood for the money than any show in town.
Perren Hedderson, Eddie; Kate Leigh Michalski, Lucretia; Eric Thomas Fancher, Steven; Neely Gevaart, Kristy; Kim Eskut, Momma/Mother/Ensemble; Curt Arnold, Mr. Jason/Ezekiel/Ensemble; Betsy Kahl, Melissa/Joey/Ensemble; Leslie Andrews, Nun/Parishioner/Ensemble; Douglas F. Bailey II, Ensemble; Keith Cavey, Ensemble and Pat Miller, Ensemble.
Patrick Ciamacco, Director; Carter Sligh, Music Director; Luke Scattergood, Stage Manager; P.J. Toomy, Special Effects Design; Jenniver Sparano, Costume Design; Cory Moiner, Lighting Design; Sarah Lynne Nicholas, Sound Operator; Hannah Beaumont, Assistant Stage Manager; Patrick Ciamacco, Set Design; Luke Scattergood and Noah Hrbek, Scenic Partners; Patrick Ciamacco, Technical Director and Luke Scattergood and Chuck Klein, Assistant Technical Directors.
Carter Sligh, Music Director and Keyboards; Justin Hart, Drums and Jesse Fishman, Guitar.
Book by Christopher T. Minori, Music & Lyrics by Cory Bytof
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