“The Night of the Living Dead,” originally directed by George A. Romero, is a 1968 zombie apocalypse movie that tells a horror story about walking corpses searching for living human flesh in a farmhouse in Western Pennsylvania.

The story starts with a bang and ends with a bang. Random strangers seek safety in an old farmhouse, but they ultimately realize that the real threat is within the very walls protecting them.

The film was an instant success  and   has become a cult classic.

Bodden picked “The Night of the Living Dead” for the fall play because she loves zombies. She is a huge fan of movies and television shows that explore zombie culture. When Bodden saw the 1968 movie of the same name, which generated a lot of the clichés and stereotypes of the genre, she was curious to see if a play script was available. She was thrilled to find a script, and she thought that it would be a fun and challenging piece for her students to act out.

On stage, a suspenseful horror story comes to life, and then death, and then undeath, and then a final death. The actors come from a wide range of experiences and backgrounds and pull together well to tell the story in an honest and terrifying manner.

Bodden has never attempted to direct a dark, suspenseful show.

“Keeping the audience laughing is tricky, but keeping them on the edge of their seats is something else altogether,” she said.

The show ran Thursday and Friday night with different casting choices  each performance to keep everyone on their toes.