Maelstrom - The Zombie Opera

A fast-paced, 90-minute hybrid of zombie movie, classical music, and stage dramedy. This spooky chamber piece will make you laugh, cringe in fear, laugh some more, and probably run home to watch every zombie movie and opera you can find afterwards. Maelstrom is scored for four singers, a handful of actors, piano, strings, and a moaning zombie chorus.

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Sample Recordings

Synopsis

Expectant mother Anna is inside a cutting edge private hospital, receiving treatment for her mysterious, undiagnosed disease, when the entire complex locks her and her friends inside, leaving them at the mercy of the doctors, nurses, patients, and security guards who begin to act very strangely...

Reception

The Willamette Week, July 10, 2009:

"Maelstrom is a delicious 90 minutes of high concept pandemonium. [Larson and Reimer] took cues from sources as diverse as Schoenberg and Danny Elfman, while nevertheless creating a unified, eerily atmospheric sonic landscape." - Jon Minervini

Portland Vanguard, July 21, 2009

Maelstrom - The Zombie Opera is one of the most innovative pieces of theater I have seen from PSU, either through the student group TASO or the department itself.” - Carly Nairn

2010 Portland Area Musical Theatre Awards 

  • Outstanding Original Musical (nominated)

  • Outstanding Original Score (nominated)

  • Sophya Vidal - Outstanding Set Design (nominated)

Production History

2009 - Theater Arts Student Organization (TASO) and Student Opera at PSU (SOAP) in Portland, Oregon. 

2015 - Kitsap Fringe Opera in Kitsap, Washington. 

2016 - Opera Bend in Bend, Oregon.

Maelstrom is currently available for production. To request sample materials or more information, click here.