Meet the “Santa’s Zombie Apocalypse” cast: Brighton’s Addison Payne thrilled to be making her CTH debut as reindeer

All this week, the Livingston Post will be profiling cast members of the Community Theatre of Howell’s youth production of “Santa’s Zombie Apocalypse.”

After appearing in 10 shows with other groups – including the Hartland Players – 13-year-old Addison Payne of Brighton is making her Community Theatre of Howell debut in “Santa’s Zombie Apocalypse.”

And she couldn’t be more pleased.

Addison Payne

“A few summers ago, I did a camp with CTH, but this is actually my first show with them,” said Addison, an eighth-grader at Scranton Middle School in Brighton. “I am so thankful for this opportunity to perform with them. I am so excited that CTH was able to find a way to do live theater during COVID. They have made it such a fun experience and I have learned a lot along the way from the entire directing team.”

Addison lives in Brighton with mom Jen, dad Brian and her 4-year-old sister, Charlotte. They also have a dog named Bella.

In this play, when Santa is trapped by zombies (who have somehow gotten into the North Pole toy shop), two reindeer fawns are determined to save the day. But as they make their way through the toy shop encountering wayward zombies and stranded elves, they learn that saving the day is not as easy as it sounds.

Addison plays Tippett in the show. “She’s the reindeer fawn, who is a bit of a ‘know-it-all’ when talking to their sibling Arti while trying to help save Santa,” she said.

“I like all of the plot twists and turns and I think the audience will really enjoy it and laugh. I also really love my costume – it is so comfortable and cute!”

What can the crowds expect to see this weekend?

“They can expect to see a talented cast and crew that has worked so hard during COVID to make this fun show safe and possible,” Addison said. “The costumes, the makeup, the set, the props, etc., are all amazing. During the performance, I think the audience will get to see the joy and fun we have all had working on this show.”

“Santa’s Zombie Apocalypse” is directed by Kevin Rogers. The producer is Theresia Rogers; assistant director and makeup coordinator is Cristian LaBar; technical director is Brian Bickel; costumer is Dawn Eldred; and the stage manager is Cheryl Schott.

The Community Theatre of Howell is presenting “Santa’s Zombie Apocalypse” at the Howell High School Freshman Campus, 1400 W. Grand River Ave., Howell. Shows are Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 27 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. Seating will be limited, masks are required in the auditorium and social distancing will be maintained in seating.

Tickets are $10, available by calling 517-545-1290, or online by clicking here.

Addison Payne in “Santa’s Zombie Apocalypse.”

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