Sorority Girls Slumber Party Massacre: The Musical

Sorority Girls Slumber Party Massacre: The Musical
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Angus Kohm

You’ll See: Innocent young girls, cruel sorority sisters, foolish fraternity freaks, and one sadistic, insane killer stalking them all. Sound familiar? It is. But this time they sing and dance too…

Reviews:

“What do you do when you’ve got a script that tells the story of an axe-wielding madman who escapes from the loony bin and starts stalking sorority girls on a nearby college campus? Why, you make a musical, of course. Which is exactly what Winnipeg writer/ composer/ director Angus Kohm has done with Slumber Party Massacre, aHalloween-style plot delivered with a Rainbow Stage sensibility. The result is a campy, absurd musical spoof that’s found commercial and critical success beyond the cult following Kohm and co. already had in Winnipeg. And all we can say is, uh… it’s about bloody well time. Not only is Kohm worthy of praise for breathing new life into a time-worn genre (Scream notwithstanding), so is the troupe. Particularly noteworthy are the skilled veteran duo of Cassandra Williams and Stefanie Wiens, who are so adept in their competing good-girl/bad-girl roles. Let’s hope that Kohm, who poked fun at that other B-movie staple, women’s prison films, in the equally ridiculous Bad Girls Jailhouse, will keep coming back like the Michael Meyers of his craft. Five Stars!” (Highest Rating)
— Riva Harrison, The Winnipeg Sun, 1997 

“Call it magic, fringe-style. But what other explanation is there when actors start belting out the tune There’s a Severed Head in the Toilet Bowl and all the prim looking grannies in the front row start tapping their toes? And then, by the time the cast starts singing I’m a Crazy Mixed-Up Psychopathic Killer, the grannies actually look ready to jump on stage to sing along. That is the rather magical scene these days at the Manotick Fringe Festival, site of the world premiere of Sorority Girls Slumber Party Massacre: The Musical.”
— Paul Gessell, The Ottawa Citizen

“This is the show you don’t want to miss. It’s fast, funny and macabre – just the kind of edgy fluff people expect at a fringe festival. Sweeney Todd fans will be especially pleased. A unifying, tenacious grip on just the right sense of irony makes dippy songs about things like finding a severed head in a toilet bowl absurdly funny. Prediction: Manitoba playwright/composer Angus Kohm will make serious money some day.”
– Pat Donnelly, The Montreal Gazette

“Screamingly funny and well performed. How can you go wrong with a song title like There’s a Severed Head in the Toilet Bowl? REACTION/BUZZ: “Even the corpses are singing and dancing.” “I laughed, I cried… I just about wet myself.”
– David Gobeil Taylor, The Montreal Mirror

“A wondrous little piece by Angus Kohm… it moves fast and the timing is bang on. I want the cast album!”
– Gaetan L. Charlebois, The Montreal Hour

“In a perfect world, all Fringe shows would feature at least some of the spunk and spirit of Winnipeg playwright Angus Kohm’s Sorority Girls Slumber Party Massacre. The Winnipeg Based B-movie fanatic, who brought his Bad Girls Jailhouse to the Toronto Fringe last year, once again shows a genius for casting and a gift for catchy tunes and good humored, ridiculous lyrics…Sorority Girls is good silly fun.”
– Kathleen M. Smith, The Toronto Eye

“Oh what the hell.”
– Jason Sherman, Toronto Life

“This is one of the must-see shows of the festival… like Andrew Lloyd Webber staging Halloween.Kohm’s lyrics draw hoots of laughter… There’s a Severed Head in the Toilet Bowl appears destined to become Kohm’s signature song. Five Stars!” – (highest rating)
– Kevin Prokosh, The Winnipeg Free Press

“Here’s a show that gives you exactly what the title promises. Yes, there are sorority girls, they do have a slumber party, there is a massacre and, incredibly, it’s all set to music. Winnipeg’s Angus Kohm is the evil genius behind it. Lyrical gems like That Madman Is Nuts pop up frequently. Only one song goes to far: There’s a Severed Head in the Toilet Bowl was just too disgusting.”
– Cam Fuller, The Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

“He’s baaa-ck!  No, not the sadistic ax murderer with a lust for the blood of nubile sorority girls, but local composer/playwright Angus Kohm, who unleashes a raucous, cutting-edge satirical attack on slasher movies. Who needs a two sided ax when you can wield cutting edge songs with razor-sharp lyrics honed to leave listeners helplessly laughing?  Sorority Girls debuted in 1997 as a kind of stage cousin to the 1996 film Scream.  Since then, the genre has been crowded by moreScreams, Scary Movies and I Know What You Did Last Summer.  Kohm still has the musical field all to himself.  Undeniably silly and violent in a cartoon-like manner, Sorority Girls stands up as a hilarious skewering of the cliche of teen slasher flicks.”
– Kevin Prokosh, The Winnipeg Free Press (2001)

“A returning Fringe fave, Sorority Girls should have been force-screened to the Wayans Brothers before they spoofed the horror genre in Scary Movie and its terrifyingly bad sequel. This is all the ammo they needed, as five local university students remind us that horror films are already effective self-parody. With rousing song-and-dance numbers such as There’s a Severed Head in the Toilet Bowl, and I Feel Like a Walk in the Basement … Alone, the musical plumbs the depths of bad taste — with hilarious results… This will be a hot ticket by the end of the week, even in the spacious Prairie Theatre Exchange.”
– The Winnipeg Sun (2001)

Performance Rights and Other Details For Potential Producers:

Sorority Girls Slumber Party Massacre: The Musical
A one act musical comedy;
Cast Size: 5 Actors (4 Female, 1 Male);
NOTE: The show was designed for 5 actors doubling as more than one character. It is also perfectly acceptable to cast more than 5 actors and reduce (or eliminate) the doubling.
Running Time: 60 minutes (could be as long as 75 minutes if the director chooses to slow the pace);
Set: Originally produced on a bare stage with one mime cube.
Props/Costumes: Few props, such as fake knives, axe, etc.; simple costumes such as work coveralls and a mask; if doubling with a cast of five, quick changes will be required (for example, from from generic members of the sorority to specific characters in pyjamas);
Music is scored for piano and voices; has sometimes been arranged for a full band.

Copies of the script are available for $7.95 each.
Single Perusal Copies of the score are available for $29.95 each.
A Soundtrack Recording of the 2001 Cast of  Sorority Girls Slumber Party Massacre: The Musical is available on CD for $19.95. More info here

Professional and Amateur Performance Rights are available.
Royalty Fees will be applicable, but the exact amount will depend on the details of each individual production.

To find out more, contact the author (address below).
Please include information such as:
1) Where your production would take place
2) When it would take place
3) How many performances there would be
4) How many seats there are in the theatre
5) Ticket prices

To Order Scripts, Scores, CDs, etc.,
or for information on obtaining the professional or amateur rights to
Sorority Girls Slumber Party Massacre: The Musical,
contact Angus Kohm c/o Rubbed Raw:

To send an e-mail click here
Snail mail: Angus Kohm c/o Rubbed Raw:
205 – 21 Roslyn Road
Winnipeg, MB
R3L 2S8
Canada
Make cheques (or money orders) payable to Angus Kohm.

Shipping charges may be applicable, and may vary due to shipping location and size of order. E-mail or snail mail to find out more.

Sorority Girls Slumber Party Massacre: The Musical: a musical that has been seen at fringe festivals and on university campuses all over North America.

The Blood On Santa’s Claws

The Blood On Santa’s Claws is a very short (about 15 minutes) play originally written for a evening of theatre called Six Twisted X-mas Tales. It was intended as an homage to Christmas horror films, like Black Christmas (1974) and Christmas Evil aka You Better Watch Out (1980). In fact, every Christmas horror film that existed in 1995 was studied in an attempt to create a crazy, compact little comedy which would combine all of the best (and worst) elements of these movies. Call it a satire, call it a tribute, The Blood On Santa’s Claws stands on it’s own as a fun, funny comedy about Christmas, greed, lust, murder, and two very different, very insane serial killers.

Unfortunately, Six Twisted X-mas Tales. was canceled, due to scheduling problems, and The Blood On Santa’s Claws disappeared into the deep dark abyss of unproduced scripts.

A couple of years later Angus Kohm wrote his most popular and successful play, Sorority Girls Slumber Party Massacre: The Musical, which continues to be produced regularly in Canada and the USA. What people don’t realize, is that The Blood On Santa’s Claws was kind of like an early, forgotten version of Sorority Girls… Perhaps a close cousin, of sorts.  Because The Blood On Santa’s Claws was never produced, and had all but vanished, Kohm borrowed a couple of things from it when he wrote Sorority Girls… Most noticeably, the character of Alvin appears in both plays. They are not the same guy, of course, but they could be close relatives. Those who know Sorority Girls… will recognize a few other similar details. The two plays are ultimately very different, but fans of Sorority Girls… will find that reading (or seeing a production of) The Blood On Santa’s Claws will give them a whole new bit of insight into how the later play started to develop. It might even make an interesting curtain raiser for groups presenting Sorority Girls…

In December of 1999, The Blood On Santa’s Claws was given its first public presentation by Cherry Red Productions of Washington D.C., as part of their Christmas Special – exactly four years after the play had first been intended for production (and two years after Sorority Girls… had taken the fringe festival circuit by storm).

The Blood On Santa’s Claws
by Angus Kohm
Short One Act Comedy;
4 Characters: 2 Female, 2 Male
Running Time: 15 minutes;
Can be produced on a bare stage;
Few props; simple costumes;
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Copies of the script are available for $4.95 each.
Professional and Amateur Performance Rights are available.
Royalty Fees will be applicable, but the exact amount will depend on the details of each individual production.
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To find out more, contact the author (address below).
Please include information such as:
1) Where your production would take place
2) When it would take place
3) How many performances there would be
4) How many seats there are in the theatre
5) Ticket prices

To Order Scripts, Scores, CDs, etc.,

or for information on obtaining the professional or amateur rights to The Blood On Santa’s Claws contact:

Angus Kohm c/o SWAK Productions:
205 – 21 Roslyn Road
Winnipeg, MB
R3L 2S8
Canada

Or send an e-mail

Make cheques (or money orders) payable to Angus Kohm.
Shipping charges may be applicable, and may vary due to shipping location and size of order.
E-mail or snail mail to find out more.

The Inner City Dead

Out of the crumbling and deserted streets of ‘the forbidden zone’ they come… The freaks, the weirdos, the flesh-eating maniacs with no detectable pulse… They’re homeless… They’re hungry… They’re dead…

No wonder they’re so pissed off!

The Inner City Dead features ruthless gangsters, crooked politicians, nosy high school reporters, escaped mental patients, lowlife burglars, homeless panhandlers, and radioactive zombies…

It’s the most fun you’ll ever have with corpses… we hope!

The Inner City Dead was first produced as a special fundraiser for The Manitoba Association of Playwrights in April of 1998. If you missed this unforgettable spectacle – and hence your chance to laugh, to puke and to cough up a lot of money – fear not! There may still be a way for you to get involved…

Produce your own version of this play at a fringe festival, a theatre, a school, or a local church or community group. The production rights to this zombie play are indeed available. Here’s everything you need to know:

The Inner City Dead
a zombie play by Angus Kohm
One Act Comedy/Horror;

Cast Size: 6 Main Characters, 3 Female, 3 Male;
+ Various Roles & Zombies: Students, Homeless People, Police Officers, etc. — This is flexible, anywhere from 5 to 50 (the original production had a total of 16 actors.)

Running Time: 45 – 50 Minutes

Set Design: Originally produced with a simple set which included a desk and chairs, which doubled as The Mayor’s Office and The School. The stage mainly remained bare.

Props: a camera, some snapshots, a hat, a large canister or garbage can, a telephone or two, a gun, a wooden stick, a baseball bat, mostly easy to find stuff

Costumes: Rags for homeless people and zombies; regular clothes; mostly simple, except two police uniforms.

There Are Two Versions Of The Inner City Dead Available

1) The Original, Uncut Version, which includes some language and content that might not be appropriate for all ages.

2) The High School Version, which Angus Kohm created in conjunction with Lorette Collegiate in Lorette, Manitoba in 2001. It contains some alternate dialogue and scenes that the school found acceptable for all audiences.

Professional and Amateur Performance Rights are available for BOTH of these versions of the play. Just specify which one you are interested in. If you would like to examine both versions before deciding, that can also be arranged.

Royalty Fees will be applicable, but the exact amount will depend on the details of each individual production.

For information on obtaining the professional or amateur rights to The Inner City Dead, send an e-mail to Angus Kohm.

Please include the following information:

1) Where your production would take place
2) When it would take place
3) How many performances there would be
4) How many seats there are in the theatre
5) Ticket prices

Perusal copies of the play can also be obtained by sending an e-mail to the author.

Be sure to check out Angus Kohm’s other zombie play, I Was A Teenage Zombie, a musical which he created specifically for schools.