In the sleepy town of Pontypool no one is safe from a mysterious new virus so devastating it will leave you literally speechless. Based on Pontypool Changes Everything, the cult horror novel-turned-film-turned-play by Tony Burgess, this suspenseful stage adaptation merges mystery and thoughtful dash of societal commentary with America's zombie obsession. And leaves us wondering if our words can, in fact, pronounce the end of humanity. Pontypool follows a radio DJ who tracks a frightening new virus as it spreads through his small town. Disgraced shock jock Grant Mazzy has been kicked off the Big City airwaves and now the only job he can get is the early morning show at CLSY Radio in the small town of Pontypool, which broadcasts from the basement of the town's only church. Other than Grant's bizarre encounter with a babbling woman on the way to work, it's another boring news day. But then the calls start to pour in; people are talking about disturbances, bizarre mob attacks, and reports of cannibalism. The violence seems to be spreading like a contagious virus, inflicting its victims with odd speech patterns and transforming infected people into zombie-like killers. But there's nothing coming in on the news wires. Tensions rise in the basement studio where Mazzy continues to broadcast and the staff must ask, "Is this more fake news?" Is Mazzy a victim of a small town prank? And if it is not a prank, will anyone survive?
Alban Arts Center
The Alban Arts Center is a small arts organization in the heart of downtown St. Albans. Located within the historic Alban Theater, originally built in 1938 as a movie house, the Alban Arts Center provides a wide array of artistic opportunities for St. Albans and the surrounding community within its intimate 225 seat theater. Primarily focusing on the performing arts, the Alban produces 4-6 productions every year, in addition to hosting several other theatre companies and touring productions. The Alban, as a small and energetic organization, can segue from large, family oriented casts to intimate and intense dramas in the course of their season; and even produces an annual Shakespeare in the Park at St. Albans City Park. The Alban also hosts concerts, movies, and a variety of other performances throughout the year.
In addition to producing and hosting theatrical productions the Alban Arts Center also houses the Alban Arts Academy, a twice yearly extra-curricular academy that has provided artistic education to the greater-metro area, since 2010. Academy classes include Acting, Improv, Musical Theatre and much more. All classes are taught by local artists, and over 1,000 students from 7 counties have traveled to St. Albans for their arts education needs. Every spring and fall semester the Alban Arts Academy offers 15+ classes and awards scholarships to students that may need them.