The Ahwatukee Children’s Theatre has been chosen to host a special zombie-themed show that has been produced in 11 cities, including New York, Chicago and San Francisco. The show — part of Room Escape Adventures, a live interactive theater production — is titled “Trapped in a Room with a Zombie” and allows guests to put their detective hats on in order to solve clues that will help them escape the chained, man-eating zombie.

“This is a really exciting show. It will be a fun night out and a great way to bring the community together,” said Michele Rubino, executive director of the Ahwatukee Children’s Theatre.

“Trapped in a Room with a Zombie” is a one-hour show in which 11 guests will have to find a way to escape the zombie before they are touched. Despite the zombie being chained, its restraints will slowly lengthen as the show progresses and once a guest is touched by the zombie, they will have been “eaten” and required to sit and only participate verbally.

If the guests are unable to solve the clues and escape in the allotted 60 minutes, they will all be devoured by the zombie. While the show can only allow 11 guests at a time, it will be available to be reserved by a group.

The Ahwatukee Children’s Theatre’s production of “Trapped in a Room with a Zombie” is still in its early stages, so a set price has not yet been confirmed, but it will be approximately $25 per person. The theater is looking to partner with local businesses and is also considering including a meal deal.

“This show has been running for 18 weeks in Chicago, and we hope to host it as long as we can,” Rubino said.

“Trapped in a Room with a Zombie’ will open later this year, and those interested can check the Ahwatukee Children’s Theatre’s Facebook page for the latest updates.

“We will be having auditions the week of Aug. 22 for actors interested in being a part of the show,” said Rubino.

For more information on auditioning or the show itself, call the Ahwatukee Children’s Theatre at (480) 705-9319.

• Kaitlyn Thompson is a junior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She is interning this semester for the AFN.

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