The fictional town of Bloodbath, Texas will be exposed as six LCC students and alumni present Slasher, directed by John Lepard and written by Allison Moore.
This Halloween-like spoof will be performed Oct. 5 at 8 p.m., Oct. 6 at 8 p.m., Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre, GB 168.
Lepard explained how Slasher is modeled to look and act like a movie.
“Basically it’s a B-movie that is being filmed,” Lepard said. “The director loses his leading lady or last girl, which is what they call them in slasher movies.”
According to Lepard, the director eventually casts his waitress as the star of the show. The leading lady’s mother is a feminist and rejects the idea of her daughter acting in the show and responds by stalking the set.
“The mother is the one who ends up being sort of the scary person,” Lepard said. “She is threatening to destroy the movie and, one by one, picks off the people that are in the movie.”
Lepard said he believes Slasher started strong from the beginning with his cast.
“I cast them (the actors) because they all read really well,” Lepard said. “They had a feel for the script in the first place, which is what I was looking for. I think they have a feel for this particular genre so I am really happy with the cast.”
As the final touches to Slasher unfold, Lepard said he is excited to see how it will turn out.
“I am kind of looking forward to all of the elements coming together,” Lepard said. “Right now, the actors are doing a good job but they haven’t seen the blood yet, they haven’t had the makeup, they haven’t had all of the props.”
Lepard said he believes the film to be funny, gory and gnarly. However, he hopes the viewers also see the message being portrayed.
“It’s not about the slasher, it’s about other issues as well,” Lepard said. “I want (the audience) to have a lot of moments while they’re watching it to be shocked momentarily. When the play is over I want them to think about it as they go home and say, ‘Wow there was a message to that.’”
Tickets will cost $10. Anyone interested is encouraged to buy their tickets in advance. To purchase tickets, call (517) 372-0945 or visit www.lansingarts.org.