Meet the “Santa’s Zombie Apocalypse” cast: Eighth-grader Kara King steps outside her comfort zone as “sassy” elf

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 her 2020 Community Theatre of Howell show was cancelled, Kara King is thrilled to be back on stage for this current production of “Santa’s Zombie Apocalypse.”

“In 2020, I auditioned for ‘Lion King Jr.’ and got in, but sadly it was canceled,” she said. “I was excited to see auditions open for ‘Santa’s Zombie Apocalypse’ and here I am!”

Kara, an eighth-grader at Parker Middle School in Howell, is playing Coppinger in this show. She lives in Howell with mom Karissa, dad Marc and her sister, Khloe.

Kara King

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.

“I like everything about this show,” Kara said. “The costumes and props look incredible and our amazing production team has made this show so extraordinary and funny. Still, my favorite part of the show is all of the cast members. I have met so many amazing people and I look forward to coming here every day.”

Kara has been part of the CTH scene for the past two years. 

“In 2019, I participated in a CTH summer theater camp,” she said. “I loved camp so much that I was inspired to audition for ‘Annie’ and I was cast as an orphan. ‘Annie’ was so much fun to be in. I met so many amazing people and had so much fun.”

Since then, the theater group has become like family.

“I love being part of CTH because it’s such a friendly and accepting community,” she said. “I’ve met some of my closest friends through theater, some of which I may have never met without these opportunities. The memories that we share will last a lifetime.”

As for her role in this play, “I love playing Coppinger because she is sassy and says what she thinks,” Kara said. “She has some really funny, bold lines and has a beautiful costume. Its been nice to step out of my comfort zone while playing her! She is just an amazing character overall.”

And she can’t wait to finally perform in front of a crowd.

“The audience can expect a funny show that will leave you laughing so much your stomach hurts,” she said. “This show is not just funny, it looks amazing, too. It has the coolest props, costumes and set. Everyone has worked so hard to make everything look and sound wonderful. I also hope that everyone enjoys the show after a long break from on-stage theatre! This show is truly a great return to theater.”

“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.

Kara King in “Santa’s Zombie Apocalypse.”

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