For those who loved getting up early on Saturday mornings to watch action cartoons in the 1960s and 1970s, the Chadron State College production of Vampire Cowboy Trilogy should provide a memorable and exciting evening. The production for mature audiences runs Feb. 7 through Feb. 10 in the Memorial Hall Black Box Theatre.
Director Scott Cavin says the parody is the original work of the Vampire Cowboys, a New York theatre group responsible for creating the “geek” genre which incorporates a high level of physical action and comedy. The premise behind this three-act, 90-minute production is that what thrilled us as children (“Scooby-Do”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, etc.) still thrills us, according to Cavin. The three mini-acts are broken up by combat scenes between the Vampire and the Cowboy.
From Humphrey Bogart to the “Ghostbusters” and the classic comic book culture of the 1960s, favorite icons will be hilariously skewered.
CSC students, Cavin and Daniel Binkard, Graphic Design Artist and Adjunct Faculty, have been filming interior and exteriors sequences around Dawes County since mid-October. These will be interspersed with live action and projections of classic cartoon words like “Bam”, “Biff”, “Zap” and “Zowie”.
Binkard said, “Scott Cavin approached me about filming these sequences to expand how they are presented in the script. We decided to pull still photos from the videos and use them to add an additional angle to the usual show promotion. It's been a great way to spread the word about this exciting production."
Behind the scenes is available online for those who want to understand more about the production, cast and crew.
The final mini-act features Tina Teenage Warrior Princess in a setting described by Cavin as a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” meets “Glee” after-school special.
Tickets can be purchase either by calling (308) 432-6207 or contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Weather permitting, cast members will be promoting their production with sidewalk chalk art near Memorial Hall, the Student Center and the Muses sculpture near Old Admin.
—CSC Information Services