Meet the “Santa’s Zombie Apocalypse” cast: Sixth-grader Paige Reck makes her third appearance in a CTH show

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.”

Paige Reck

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.

Paige Reck, a sixth-grader at Hartland’s Farms Intermediate School, is appearing in her third CTH show, playing the role of Herring, an elf who is heavy into arts and crafts.

“What I like most about being Herring is that she has lots of talent but feels insecure about it,” Paige said. “I like that because it is fun to show different sides of a character.”

Paige lives in Howell with mom Lauren, dad Jason and an older sister, Grace. She first became involved with CTH when she attended a summer theater camp. Since then, the group has become a second home to her.

“I like CTH because everyone is super welcoming and fun to be with,” she said. “One of my first shows was ‘Madagascar Jr.,’ playing the Fossa leader.”

Paige says she can’t wait for opening night of “Santa’s Zombie Apocalypse,” and she promises the audience will love what they see.

“I like this show because it is hilarious,” she said. “This production is amazing! It’s funny, cool and unique.”

“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.

Masks are cleverly incorporated into the costumes for “Santa’s Zombie Apocalypse.”

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