Night of the Living Dead


The Theatre Company of Saugus continues its return to live in-person theater with its next Halloween-season production of the zombie horror play Night of the Living Dead. The stage script is by Lori Allen Ohm, and is based on the 1968 cult classic film by George Romero and John Russo. A mysterious radiation turns the unburied dead into flesh-eating zombies. Seven people trapped in an isolated house, held hostage by the ravenous ghouls, begin to turn on each other as the dead encroach.

The director is Michael Jacinto.

Auditions for the play are scheduled for Tuesday 7 September and Wednesday 8 September 2021. Starting at either 7:00 or 8:00 PM. Callback auditions will be on Thursday 9 September at 7:00 PM.

The location of auditions, rehearsals, and performances will be the American Legion Post, at 44 Taylor Street / Saugus, Massachusetts 01906.

Performances will be October 29 through November 7, over the last weekend of October and the first weekend of November. Rehearsals will begin immediately after auditions, and will be scheduled for several times each week.

Seeking all types for all roles. BIPOC actors are especially encouraged to audition. Actors must be comfortable with movement-based work.

The audition will be movement-based consisting of movement and acting exercises. Sign up for either audition slot at 7:00 PM or 8:00 PM.

Click here to sign up for an audition date and time.

All cast members should be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  If you have questions, please write to

Role Descriptions:

  • Ben, male, age 20s-30s. Tries to lead the hostages in their defense from the zombies.
  • Barbara, female, age 20s-40s. Frightened.
  • Johnny, male, age 20s-40s. Barbara’s cranky older brother.
  • Harry Cooper, male, middle-aged. Argues with Ben over strategy.
  • Helen Cooper, female, middle-aged. Argues with Harry and Ben.
  • Karen Cooper, female, young. Injured.
  • Tom, male, 20s. Tries to help out.
  • Judy, female, 20s. Tries to help out.
  • Radio Newscaster, any gender. Voice over.
  • TV News Anchor, any gender.
  • Dr. Grimes, any gender, older. Science advisor.
  • Bill Bardough, any gender, middle-aged. TV news reporter.
  • Sheriff Chief McClellan, any gender, middle-aged. Lead zombie killer.
  • Two Deputies, any gender. Armed to shoot zombies.
  • Many Zombies