Nashville Shakespeare Festival and Nashville Education, Community, and Arts Television (NECAT) combine top local actors and mad special effects makeup skills in a one-of-a-kind joint fundraiser to kick off the Halloween season on Saturday (Oct. 3) at 7 p.m. in NECAT Studios.
Veteran Shakespearean actors Denice Hicks and Tamiko Robinson Steele are joined by the love-struck zombie Romeo and Juliet AKA Jonah Jackson and Bekay Purifoy, performing favorite scenes by the Bard with a zombie twist: full special effects facial prosthetics and makeup created by NECAT Artist-in-Residence and SyFy Channel show Face Off star Rick Prince assisted by other professionals and student makeup artists.
“This collaboration with The Nashville Shakespeare Festival is the first of four very exciting new Artnerships NECAT has launched to better support our city’s performing arts community,” says Trish Crist, NECAT CEO. “The purpose of our local arts, education, and access television channels is to show local viewers what local doers are doing. Denice and the Shakes team are most definitely doers and we’re thrilled to create this spooky and hilarious production with them. It’s absolutely not to be missed.”
The evening wraps up with a roof-raising live funk band performing in full Planet of the Apes makeup featuring special effects makeup by Savini School artist Jimmy Stinson on guitar, Michael Carty on bass and Tim Grogan on drums.
The 100 percent tax-deductible tickets are $40 each; drinks and nibbles will be provided. Those tickets are available online by clicking here. NECAT studios are located on the campus on Nashville State Community College (120 White Bridge Rd.).
*Photo featuring NECAT board chair Mark Rowan as the “Zombie Host” by Griffin Technology courtesy NECAT.