The Zombie Syndrome

Vancouver (2012)

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The Zombie Syndrome (Vancouver 2012)

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Critical Reviews

A surprising trek... Makes for some kidlike fun... I was so into it and so determined to protect the innocent that I might have derailed the performance if firm hands hadn’t stopped me...  It's kind of a trip and it's original.
 
- Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight

A rollicking good time, and definitely something out of the ordinary. It’s a great concept and I’d love to see more takes on this type of roving audience participation theatre in the future.
 
- Kimberley Davison, vanvantage.com

It’s a brilliant concept, and wonderfully crafted by The Virtual Stage. I honestly want to spill my guts about this experience, but you really have to see it for yourself!
  - Dan Culic, Homorazzi

This unique theatre experience is as close as anyone can get to making “Choose Your Own Adventure” books a reality...  The factor of surprise is what makes this production so special...
  - Anja Savcic, Vancouver Weekly

I had fun and really enjoyed the innovative concept of this show...  Worth checking out...
 
- Tessa Perkins, Press+1

Vancouver seems to have set a standard for site-specific theatre... The Virtual Stage – which specializes in multi-media presentations – has taken things a step further with The Zombie Syndrome... A uniquely fun adventure...
 
- David C. Jones, The Charlebois Post

Writer and director Andy Thompson effectively puts us on edge early into the show, as we quickly found ourselves constantly looking over our shoulders for the next zombie interaction...  What could be described as The Amazing Zombie Race, the prize at the end of The Zombie Syndrome isn’t a million dollars, but the supposed satisfaction in knowing that you (hopefully) saved mankind.
  - 
Mark Robins, Gay Vancouver.net

A production by THE VIRTUAL STAGE 

Conceived, Written, Directed & Produced by ANDY THOMPSON

Associate Producer, Production Designer & Stage Manager JESSICA OOSTERGO

Associate Producer, Technical Director & Production Manager JORDAN LLOYD WATKINS

Dramaturgy by THE CAST & CREW

A theatrical experience created by JESSICA OOSTERGO, ANDY THOMPSON and JORDAN LLOYD WATKINS

Associate Producer & Box Office Manager LESLIE DOS REMEDIOS

Lead Makeup Designer ELIZABETH McLEOD

Key Makeup Assistants (see below for specific dates) JENNIFER RUTH, ASHLEY YOUNG

Makeup Assistants (see below for specific dates) LANNY BROWN, CANDICE HARVEY, APRIL HRAPCHAK, JESSICA HEWITT, MICHELLE LUI & KORAL THRAVES

Lighting Designer & Site Manager IAN CONNOR

Poster Design LIAM HAYES

Box Office & Website Design ADAM JONES

Cast Credits & Makeup Artists

FULL CAST (all shows combined):

Corporal LESLIE DOS REMEDIOS
Private JESSICA OOSTERGO
Sergeant Sullivan RAPHAEL KEPINSKI
Elevator Zombies JO WILSON & MAT OLLSON
Dr. Josef Mosenski ANDY THOMPSON

Peter Mosenski JAY CLIFT (understudy: KURTIS DOLEZSAR)
Park Zombies STEPHANIE BALLY & ANDRESSA ESTER (understudy: KAZZ LESKARD)

Guardian DEVA NITINS
Guardian Zombie STEPHANIE ELGERSMA
Operative MATT BEARISTO

Locksmith RYAN McDONALD

Cured Lab Rat GILI ROSKIES
Traumatized Lab Assistant AGNES TONG & MATT LAIRD
Container Zombies ISAAC KEOUGHAN, BYRON NOBLE, TYLER CLARKE, LEO BALAZS, JOHN CONNOLLY, KURTIS DOLEZSAR, AVI SIDHU (understudy: BYRON BERTRAM)

Driver KRIS NOVAK

Emily Dubois PAULA BURROWS, CAITLIN McCARTHY, SARA ANDRINA BROWN, AMY HALL-CUMMINGS, GOLDIE HOFFMAN, LINSAY WINCH & STEPH MOROZ

Please click on a specific date to see the cast and makeup artists working that day:

Thursday October 11, 2012
Friday October 12, 2012
Saturday October 13, 2012
Sunday October 14, 2012
Tuesday October 16, 2012
Wednesday October 17, 2012
Thursday October 18, 2012
Friday October 19, 2012
Saturday October 20, 2012
Sunday October 21, 2012
Tuesday October 23, 2012
Wednesday October 24, 2012
Thursday October 25, 2012
Friday October 26, 2012
Saturday October 27, 2012
Sunday October 28, 2012
Tuesday October 30, 2012
Wednesday October 31, 2012
Thursday November 1, 2012
Friday November 2, 2012
Saturday November 3, 2012

Crew

Publicist CYNNAMON SCHREINERT

Production Photography BETTINA STRAUSS

Pre-Production Photography DEAN BUSCHER

Pre-Production Photography Models ANDREA HOUSSIN, GRAEME McCOMB

Final Site Stage Manager MICHAEL BROOKS

Rehearsal Stage Manager STEPHANIE ELGERSMA

Production Assistant YEONHWA NOH

Props Assistant LOLA POLNIK

Props Buyer CHRISTOPHER GAUTHIER

Improv Coach TAZ VANRASSEL

Lawyer HARVEY MELLER

Grant Writing Assistant HANNAH JOHNSON

Electrician ADAM WEIDL

Audio Editing EAR WORM SOUND

Special Thanks

Brenda Racanelli, Matt Frankish, Percy Nacario, Daisy Chin, Joe Oliveira, Fraser McElroy, Roy Liu and all the staff at the Roundhouse Community Centre

Stephanie McLellan, Cael Hopwood - City of Vancouver
Jenny Jung - Vancouver Parks Board
Wayne Sherris - Vancouver Police Department
Bill Knight - TransLink
Ryan Catherwood 

Anne Laird
Ron Jenkins
Kevin Kerr
Nathan Medd
Roy and Jacqui Oostergo
Michael Gunion
Tamara Hamilton
David Bloom
Kryshan Randel
Bruce Kennedy
Studio 58
Dave Pink
Claudine Robert
Adele Noronha
Rhett Spencer 
Andrea Houssin
Mackenzie Gray
Tanys Norcott

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Audience Responses on Facebook

Just back from The Virtual Stage's production of The Zombie Syndrome! It was fantastic, and I highly recommend it! Probably one of the best interactive shows I've been on - lots of fun, and some big plot twists along the way. The rain didn't hurt one bit!
  - Megan Gray

Thanks Andy Thompson & The Virtual Stage for The Zombie Syndrome!!! This is the most interactive theatre I've ever experienced! A brilliant concept, and so much fun!
  - Dawn Zoe

Went to the 3:30 show today and our entire group had an amazing time!!! So fantastic, everyone involved was fun, and did a great job! We can't wait till next year - will definitely be back!
 
- Heather Cook Anderson

So amazing. Wonderful acting, stupendous make up. Wish I could see it again!
 
- Teri Walker

I was there too and couldn't agree more! Well done, what a great adventure!
 
- Karen Bond

Loved your show! Keep making great shows like this please!
 
- Steven Pugh

We had a great time tonight on our zombie adventure. Thanks so much to the cast and crew - you were all amazing!
  - Lisa Wylie

Did the Zombie Syndrome today and had a blast! Kudos to all those who made such a fun afternoon. Time and money well spent. Thanks!
  - Jeanne McKinlay Hansen

This show was awesome.
 
- Evelyn Chew

Phenomenal experience.
  - Kristin Hauff

Tons of fun!!
  - Owen Barrett

Great show!
  - Gabriel Crane

Great show! We had lots of fun! :)
 
- Angela Hamre 

Great job Guys! Went to the show on Wednesday. LOVED how interactive it was! Are you going to be doing another one? Maybe we have to save Santa!
  - Shannon Boudreau

Audience Responses on Twitter

Had so much fun at #ZombieSyndrome by @TheVirtualStage, I had to do a video review. youtu.be/kpN3vIXfLh4
 
- Justin Saint

Did #zombiesyndrome tonight - a truly awesome experience. Live interactive theatre at its best. #recommended!
 
- Will Woods, Forbidden Vancouver

Had an AMAZING adventure tonight!! I LOVED IT!! @TheVirtualStage #ZombieSyndrome
  - Dru Chan

Had a blast at #ZombieSyndrome. A clever idea perfectly executed. Actors were fantastic, can't say enough about how great it was! Go see it!
 
- Brent Furdyk

"The Zombie Syndrome" was an awesome experience by The Virtual Stage, looking forward to more.
 
- DJMissBlue

ZOMBIES IN VANCOUVER! Had so much fun doing #ZombieSyndrome
 
- Kerry Morrow 

#zombiesyndrome awesome experience this Saturday! Loved the 'adventure'! Great use of tech in an innovative way. Thanks.
 
- Helen

#zombiesyndrome wicked awesome fun! Hope they do it again next year
 
- Lisa Mack

Running around Vancouver looking for a cure. Awesome! #ZombieSyndrome http://www.thevirtualstage.org/zombies/
  - 
@ianchici 

Saw a preview of The Zombie Syndrome last night. What an entertaining, unique performance, check it out!
 
- Ruven K.

Loved loved loved #zombiesyndrome I hope it'll come back next year!
  - @Engel82

@TheVirtualStage It was a really fun experience :) Thanks for putting on such an awesome show
 
- Allan C

@TheVirtualStage #zombiesyndrome was a wicked date, muchos fun indeed! #YVRlovestheirzombies
  - Lauren Jackson

If you have a free night in Vancouver you should check out #zombiesyndrome You will not be disappointed
  - Lisa Mack

#ZombieSyndrome was super fun! Adrenaline, paranoia, smiling uncontrollably all part of the @TheVirtualStage production.
  - Mashed Thoughts

Zombie Syndrome was so much fun!
  - SeaPotato

The zombie syndrome was actually a lot of fun!
  - Neven Szary

It was a blast, even in the rain.. zombies don't care about the weather!
  - lopezdee

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