Ever been to a musical with 'spatter zone' seats?

The musical, which runs Oct. 30 through Nov. 1, launches Pearland Theatre Guild's "Pearl After Dark" productions for mature audiences. The musical is R-rated for language (including lyrics) and fake blood.

It's based on three horror films created by writer/director Sam Raimi, beginning with 1981's "Evil Dead," which was reportedly shot for about $350,000 on 16mm film in the woods of Tennessee.

What followed were "Evil Dead II" in 1987 and "Army of Darkness" in 1992.

("Evil Dead") was my dad's favorite movie growing up," said Blankenship, referring to her father, Kevin Blankenship, who plays "good ol' reliable Jake" in the show, which his daughter directed and choreographed.

For theater students at Travis High School in Richmond, where Blankenship was president of Thespian Troupe No. 7816, watching all three movies "was a rite of initiation."

"They were all so cheesy, and we were all suckers for cheese," she explained. "The worse the actor, it seemed, the better the performance."

The films provided Blankenship and her friends with catch-phrases such as "Groovy, baby."

"I love 'OK, Mr. Fancy Pants,' " she said, "and some that you can't print in the newspaper. The show is R-rated. If parents want to bring their kids, that's fine, but no kids will be seated unless they're with parents."

"Evil_Dead: The Musical" ran for more than four months off-Broadway in the late 2000s. There have been more than 150 productions worldwide, but its biggest success has been in Las Vegas, where Blankenship and her mother, Janelle, saw it on her 21st birthday this year.

"I fell in love with it and thought, 'I have to do this,' " she said.

As Pearland Theatre Guild's artistic associate, Blankenship recently taught summer camps at the theater at 14803 Park Almeda Drive, guiding public presentations of "Wicked," "Frozen," "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" and "High School Musical." Next, she directed the Broadway musical "Grease."

"She's kept the lights on for us," said Peter van Nifterik, president of the PTG board.

"Evil Dead: The Musical" is "a Blankenship family affair," said the director, explaining that, in addition to her father, she cast her sister, Sydney Blankenship, 19, as Linda. Their mother, Janell, is the stage manager.

Others in the cast include Pearland's Steve Garris as Ash, Benjamin ArredondoAlex CochraneSarah Konkel and Jennifer Richardson, who is the "zombie dance captain."

In the show, five college kids travel to a cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force. As musical mayhem descends upon this sleepover in the woods, "camp" takes on a new meaning with numbers such as "All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons," "Look Who's Evil Now" and "Do the Necronomicon."

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