The Zombie Syndrome:
On Death Island

Granville Island (2013)

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This year we introduced the element of audience scoring. Check out the Audience Leaderboard here!

Zombie Eats Jack FM Producer

The Virtual Stage wishes to express our deepest condolences to Jack FM, Kiah and Tara-Jean and producer Kieran's family and friends for the tragic eating of Kieran by one of our Zombie Syndrome: On Death Island zombies. This most tragic accident was completely unintentional. Please don't sue us.

Critical Reviews

"A suspenseful good time... This project has the makings of a seasonal tradition... with brain eating... There’s a delicious giddiness in wondering what the heck you’re going to have to do... The coolest part is still the suspense: not knowing when zombies are going to pop up... My favourite part was running for my life."
- Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight

"This production is superbly done and would not be out of place at Disneyworld or Universal studios. I can’t recommend it to others enough."
- Vancouver Vantage

"Much of the show’s success comes from its continued surprises. The technical details and route design are most impressive. Each cast member takes to their role with aplomb. Go see this show: you will feel young and charmed, delighted to have experienced the creativity of adventure time."
- Zoe Grams, VancouverScape

"Truly gruesome... chillingly, thoroughly military... I really can’t say much more without spoiling the fun. Think blood and guts, growling ghouls staggering in the shrubbery or corralled in an old warehouse."
- Jo Ledingham, Vancouver Courier

"A whirlwind of a 90 minute theatre ride that will leave you breathless and laughing."
- Cecilia Lu, Vancity Buzz

"The Zombie Syndrome: On Death Island is an awesome interactive play that has you participating in the story. What fun! If you have a teenager I can’t think of a better activity to do with them than kill Zombies. This is like Vancouver's own 'World War Z'. I had a great time."
- Marc Smith (via CTV Morning News, Twitter & #30DayAdventures)

"@TheVirtualStage kudos cast&crew! bloody marvellous performance of The Zombie Syndrome. Get a taste, but don't get bit til Nov 3 #theatre"
- Vancouver Broadcaster Katie Bennison (via Twitter)

Audience Reviews

"140 chars is too few to say just how much fun I had on @TheVirtualStage's #ZombieSyndrome. Thrilling, inventive, playful & wholly original."
- Brian Paterson (via Twitter)

"It was in all honesty one of the most fun things I've done all year. I can't recommend it to enough people!!!"
- Andrea Westaway (via Twitter)

"Just had the best of time at #zombiesyndrome. So much more worth it than #FrightNights & any other Halloween things I've done! It's SO MUCH FUN! I'm planning to go again!"
Stephanie Wiriahardja (via Twitter)

"Sorry world - we failed.....but oh my goodness, what a blast!!!! We had an amazing time - the story was great, the acting was fantastic and the effects and staging unbelievable!!! Cannot wait till The Virtual Stage's next outing!!!"
- Heather Cook Anderson (via Facebook)

"Barely recognized @TheVirtualStage's #ZombieSyndrome, what an amazing change in year 2! Expanded sets, upgraded interactions, alt endings..."
- Cecilia Lu (via Twitter)

"Went to #ZombieSyndrome tonight with @TheKatPiper Sooo freaking awesome!! #epicfun"
- Brianna Rossi (via Twitter)

"I had an amazing time at #ZombieSyndrome. Fighting the apocalypse + choose your own adventure = a great Tuesday night"
- Marco Pasqua (via Twitter)

"Didn't think it was possible but this year was even better than last year!"
- Teri Walker (via Facebook)

"Just got home from our mission tonight. Another great event (did the one last year and had to do it this year). Can't wait to see what you come up with for 2014. Thanks for a fun evening!"
- Jeanne McKinlay Hansen (via Facebook)

"Great time! Lots of fun. Check it out! So many great decisions to make and cool makeup too."
- Steven Dancer (via Facebook)

"Extraordinary! Truly amazing!"
- Rafael Abib (via Facebook)

The Zombie Syndrome (Vancouver 2013)

A production by THE VIRTUAL STAGE 

Conceived, Written, Directed & Produced by ANDY THOMPSON

Starring JAKE ANTHONY, SARA ANDRINA BROWN, EVA BUTTERLY, TYLER CLARKE, JAY CLIFT, DARIEN COZART, DANA MAY DOLEZSAR, LESLIE DOS REMEDIOS, DUSTIN FREELAND, RAPHAEL KEPINSKI, ISAAC KEOUGHAN, MATT LOOP, STEPH MOROZ, KRIS NOVAK, MARINA PASQUA, PATRICIA TORRES, ADAM WEIDL and featuring students from the LORD BYNG and KILLARNEY SECONDARY SCHOOL Drama Departments.

Stage Manager DAVID WARBURTON

Lead Makeup Designer ELIZABETH McLEOD

Makeup Artists JENNIFER RUTH, ASHLEY YOUNG, CANDICE HARVEY, MARY PHAN, LANNY BROWN, DEVON BAKER, CLAUDIA LAHTI, EMILY STOPP, KYLA TAN, BREE-ANNA LEHTO, ALEXANDER LODOMEZ & ALECIA REPP

Lighting Designer & Assistant Stage Manager IAN CONNOR

Set Design by STEPHEN BEAVER

Costume Design by SARAH MERCEDES GHOSH & ANDY THOMPSON

Technical Director JEFF HARRISON

Production Manager SARAH MERCEDES GHOSH

Associate Producer, Video Design, Costume Coordination & Assistant Director CORWIN FERGUSON

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Online Resources

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For answers to Frequently Asked Questions about this year's production, click here.

For show credits and information on the inaugural production in 2012 click here.