'Mean Ghouls' Take Over Harvard's Hasty Pudding Show

Wednesday January 15, 2020

The Harvard Hasty Pudding Theatricals announces its 172nd show, "Mean Ghouls," which runs from February 7 to March 8, 2020 at Harvard Square's Historic Farkas Hall. This year's show marks the latest for The Hasty Pudding Theatricals (HPT), America's oldest theater company and the third oldest theater company in the world.

This year's show offers a supernatural twist on the popular Tina Fey movie, "Mean Girls," which was also adapted into a hit Broadway musical. The show's writers are Jess Moore '21 and Jake Gilbert '21.

In the show, zombies, werewolves, and vampires compete for the attention of bright-eyed teen Mia Ghenstaworld, who, with her detective brother Luke Aclue, are forced to move to Transylvania when their mom, Donna Dedead, becomes a zombie. A high school in Transylvania, though, is just as deadly as it is at home as Mia must cope with being bullied by mean-spirited spirit Megan Boyscream. She also has a crush on bad-boy werewolf Jason Tail and elicits the help of infamous witch Myra Vengisnigh and her right-hunch man, Igor Toplease. But Myra has something wicked up her sleeve and will Mia be responsible for unleashing a new horror on the world? Also, why does fearsome teen vampire Helena Cape keep waking up on the wrong side of the coffin? And when will visiting ghostbuster Hugh YagonnacalL learn to see past the tip of his proton pack? In "Mean Ghouls," anything ghost.

Comprised of some 50 Harvard college undergraduates, the Harvard Hasty Pudding Theatricals has produced an original, entirely student-written and composed, pun-filled musical extravaganza. Each season, the show runs for four weeks in Cambridge before an annual tour in New York City and Bermuda.

In 2019, HPT announced its first gender-inclusive cast allowing women to perform on stage. Some of America's most prominent personalities got their start in the Pudding, including presidents Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John Fitzgerald Kennedy; actors Jack Lemmon and Rashida Jones, lyricist Alan Jay Lerner, Rashida Jones, and even the two recent Governors of Massachusetts.

To purchase tickets, call 617-495-5205, email [email protected] or visit the Hasty Pudding Theatricals website.

In addition, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals bestows the Woman of the Year (WOY) and the Man of the Year (MOY) awards on figures who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment.

This year's Woman of the Year is actress/director/producer Elizabeth Banks. She will be honored on January 31.

"We're very excited to honor Elizabeth Banks as our 70th Woman of the Year because of her wonderful acting career and impact in Hollywood as a female director, producer, and writer," said co-producer Samantha Meade.

"Elizabeth is a role model to all of the young women in the theatricals, especially in a year with a female writer, female producers, and a majority female cast — we all cannot wait to celebrate and meet her!" added fellow co-producer Natalie Needle.

The Woman of the Year Award is bestowed annually on performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment. Established in 1951, the Woman of the Year Award has been given to such notable and talented entertainers as Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Scarlett Johansson, Anne Hathaway, Kerry Washington, and most recently Bryce Dallas Howard, the 69th Woman of the Year.

The Woman of the Year Parade, Roast, and Show Preview takes place on January 31, 2020. The Man of the Year Roast and Show Debut on February 7, 2020.

For more information, visit the Hasty Pudding website.

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