School of Theatre and Dance presents Zombie Prom
Interview With The Director
We sat down with Paul Hope, the
director of Zombie Prom, and asked
him a few questions.
Paul, how is directing Zombie Prom
different from directing The Rocky
Horror Show, which you directed here
two years ago?
The difference between Zombie Prom
and Rocky Horror is that Zombie Prom
leaves little room for
interpretation. I had a lot of
leeway with Rocky Horror, from who
the choristers' characters really
were to changing the ending for Brad
and Janet - giving the show an
ending period, when it doesn't
really have a resolution. I also
pushed the envelope to make it
titillating and sexy for today's
audiences. Zombie Prom is a newer
show and doesn't need a rethink.
What is on the page goes on the
stage. The show is a 1950's pulp
horror comic come to life.
How will working in the very large
Cullen Performance Hall effect your
The size of the Cullen will call for
a certain size to the acting choices
which will have a commentative
flavor since the show is a spoof
anyway. There are certain prop
designs in the script which won't
read in that size theatre so we
aren't doing them, i.e. writing on
clothing or books.
How has it been working with the
cast and crew so far?
I am very excited about this cast,
who already sound marvelous, and I
have a wonderful creative team. I'm
in very good hands.
Don't Miss the
Enrico Fermi High School Prom!
Grab your powder blue tux and a date
for a nuclear night of fun! Enrico
Fermi High School is having a prom
and you're invited! Come dressed as
a zombie and dance the night away at
the prom and participate in the
costume contest, as well as learn
the Thriller dance from a dance
instructor! Don't spike the punch
because Miss Strict will be
enforcing the rules. The prom King
and Queen will be crowned and your
vote counts so bring the whole
family for a wonderful night full of
dancing and zombies!
When: Saturday, October 29
Where: Lynn Eusan Park on the
University of Houston campus
click here for
8:00 P.M. - Prom Starts
9:15 P.M. - Flash Mob
9:30 P.M. - Thriller Dance
10:15 P.M. - Crown the Prom King and
10:30 P.M. - Costume Contest
12:00 A.M - Zombie Prom Midnight