Meet the “Santa’s Zombie Apocalypse” cast: Fifth-grader Dylan Chamberlin loves playing a “crazy, psycho 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.”

The Community Theatre of Howell is bringing live theater back to Livingston County with its current production, a youth show called “Santa’s Zombie Apocalypse.”

And Dylan Chamberlin, a fifth-grader from Howell’s Northwest Elementary school, is having the time of his life playing one of the main characters, which he calls a “crazy, psycho elf.”

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.

“My role in ‘Santa’s Zombie Apocalypse’ is Quinn, an elf who works in action toys,” Dylan said. “Quinn is a crazy, psycho elf who is always over-the-top and tries to make everything brooding and fatalistic. Playing Quinn is a lot of fun because he thinks the world revolves around him. It’s been fun bringing Quinn’s intensity to life.”

Dylan lives in Howell with mom Kelly, dad Justin and twin sister Kayla. This is his fifth CTH show.

“I first got started with CTH by watching my sister perform in ‘James and the Giant Peach, Jr.,” he said. “I thought it looked amazing and fun. My first experience was in the ‘Press Start’ CTH Summer Camp musical, and I loved it. ‘Santa’s Zombie Apocalypse’ will be my fifth show with CTH.”

It’s a group that Dylan has truly grown to love.

“I really like how people are super nice to me and encouraging,” he said. “Every show I have done was filled with people who are really talented and fun to work with. I really love the excitement of performing in front of others.”

Dylan Chamberlin

As for this current production of “Santa’s Zombie Apocalypse,” Dylan promises the audience will have a blast.

“The costumes are really cool,” he said. “I really like mine because it has big muscles, and I get to fight with a lightsaber.  We have to wear masks during the performances, but it is really neat how they are created to fit in with our costumes.”

With a just a few days left, Dylan can’t wait for opening night.

“The audience can expect a great performance from the entire cast and crew,” he said. “The show is hilarious and filled with a lot of funny characters. The audience will be sure to laugh out loud throughout the performance. Oh, and don’t forget to watch out for those zombies!”

“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.

Dylan Chamberlin

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