Minnesota Fringe Festival 2011

My Fringe

History Camp

Zombie High School

Created by the Zombie High School cast

Producer's website

Historical content, Musical Theater, Comedy, Sci-fi/Mystery/Horror

For ages 12+

Winner of the Fringe Famous "Best Musical"!

A Pioneer Press "Must See" Show

Want to see Houdini and Emily Dickinson smooch in the woods? Or Amelia Earhart and Joan of Arc doing trust falls? Join the creators of Zombie High School for this year's a cappella adventure at History Camp, where lost souls go to turn back time.

People spend so much time regretting the past then BAM! we’re lying in the ground and we can never get those second chances ... well, almost never. What if we told you there was a place for second chances? A place beyond time that allowed you to go back and do things a different way? A place where fun was mandatory? Well, there is. People apply from all over the afterlife to get the chance to rewrite history. And you’re in luck, because we pulled a few strings and put together a truly -- historical -- roster this time. So grab your granola, flashlight, and bug spray and get ready for the most unforgettable summer you've ever experienced...at History Camp. Bunk up!

One of Minnpost's "Shows we will suspect will be excellent this year" (Infographic by Max Sparber)

Predicted top ten best attended show by Fringefamous.com

Voted #8 on Fringefamous.com for "shows we're looking most forward to"

"Their zombie high school show surprised and impressed us." --Fringefamous.com

"The cast is incredibly charming and open and appealing..."--Philip Andrew Bennett Low, Twin Cities Daily Planet

"The nine performers work well as a company, using their voices to easily make up for the lack of instruments." --CityPages

Praise for 2010's Zombie High School

Buy the soundtrack to Zombie High School for $5 here:

Fringefamous.com's winner for Outstanding Musical

"absolutely delightful"
"the show is not only a delight for the post-John Hughes generation, but for everyone in between"
"absolute candy to my ears"
-Christina Ham, Metro Magazine

"They've created a clever little musical that plays around with all of the clichés of teen dramas, but does so with one foot firmly in the street corner doo-wop tradition. Andrew Berkowitz has written some fun music, and the script is a witty one that follows the new (living) girl at school as she deals with rivalries, crushes and survival at George Romero High." --Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press

"Every Fringe has its dynamite musical satire show that is so novel and so entertaining and so well done that the audience goes nuts. This is the one." --David Trudeau

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Troy Zimmerman
Role: JR the counselor

Ryan Vanasse
Role: Ferdinand Magellan

Anna Popinchalk
Role: Emily Dickinson

Andrew Berkowitz
Role: Harry Houdini

Alli Koch
Role: Marylin Monroe

Adam Paolo
Role: Ben Franklin

Anna Weggel
Role: Amelia Earhart

Katia Cardenas
Role: Joan of Arc

Matt Landby
Role: Shakespeare

Tom Reed
Role: Guest Appearance

Kelsey Huber
Role: Stage Manager

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Totally Enjoyable!
by Jeanie Johnston Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Fun! Fun! Fun! Tight singing and very entertaining. Crazy plot but fun and enjoyable!

by Greg Stevens Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Wow....witty, entertaining and well sung. Not a dull moment in this one. Terrific cast with special kudos to performances by Andrew Berkowitz(Houdini) and Ryan Vanasse(Ferdinand Magellan)!

Strong singing in flimsy plot
by Fringivitis Vulgaris Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
The world's creepiest camp counselor takes 8 costumed campers into the woods for 2 weeks so they can live as their historic personae, sort of. The cast can sing and the songs are snappy, which makes all the difference for this show. Very The costumed cameo appearance at the end is delightful.

Loved it!
by Richard Jackson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This was a blast from start to finish. A 1-act musical with sophisticated lyrics and melodies that is well sung, acted and directed. My only quibble was with some of the accents. This was my first experience with Late Night Menu, but I fervently hope it won't be my last!

by Andrew Foreman Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This production is incredible. From the music to the script to the acting, everything comes together in ways that are concise, fluid, and downright hilarious. The tunes are clearly written with a passion for A Capella settings and they transition flawlessly from the script. Speaking of which the comedic timing is dry, witty, and relentessly spot-on. I don't usually laugh out loud a whole lot but I was cracking up the entire time. As a former camp counselor, I can tell you that the character JR nails it. I wish I could see their last performance tonight - do yourself a favor and go!

Send me back to History Camp
by Alexandra Cortes Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I seriously could not stop laughing through this. This group has such good energy, and it was clear that that energy spread to the audience. Each of the characters was perfectly cast and there just so many good one-liners and well thought-out touches (the flashback scene, the way the twist at the end unfolded...). I'm still singing their theme song to myself, and am wishing I could go back and see their last show tonight. Don't miss out.

More like Awesome Camp
by Nina Graham Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This was my very first Fringe show ever and it got me hooked! As others have said ad nauseum, the music was amazeballs and the dialogue was hilarry. I especially appreciated Amelia's character, who zinged through the show with one-liner after one-liner while maintaining her accent (no easy feat). The twist ending was completely unforeseen and definitely my favorite part. Would see again and again if I had the dollaz!

Incredibly witty and well-sung
by Laura Verseput Landby Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A delightful experience on so many levels--the casting, the witty dialogs and the fantastic music. I laughed so hard! The song-writing was great and the singing even better--especially the solos by Shakespeare. This group has advanced from last year and I hope they are still around next year.

It deserves all 5 kitties.

Super catchy tunes.
by Dave Christians Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Awesome show! A very strong performance by the whole cast. The musical arrangement was stellar and the melodies will stay in your head for days. I loved the twist at the end and flashback-esque scenes. One of my favorite parts of the show (Thursday's show) was when Houdini threw one of his flowers behind him and it flew right between the small crack in the curtain - boom, nailed it. Okay, so that wasn't a huge part of the show but that definitely added to the experience! I highly recommend this show!

Fun People, Having Fun
by Bernard Armada Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
What a terrific show! It is so much fun to witness performers enjoying themselves on stage. A really clever, off-the-wall story with some great one-liners, funny voices (Anna's Amelia Earhart voice will make you laugh throughout the show), and fun music. Extra kudos to Andrew B. (whom I've never met) for writing all the music and for providing a very impressive beat-box backup.

by Jim Swakow Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Awesome show. I was impressed by how funny it was. It was way funnier than the original Zombie High School and the music was just as awesome. Highly recommend!

From A Former Camp Counselor
by Jake Levy-Pollans Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
As a history nerd, musical lover, and former camp counselor, I was off my seat laughing throughout History Camp. Great show, it really made me miss those short shorts I used to wear! The cast has great comedic timing and I still had a few of those songs stuck in my head the next morning (can’t wait to buy the CD).

I’d highly recommend History Camp to anyone looking for a highly entertaining Fringe Show.

Camp Indeed
by Rick Treece Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
I would have given this 4 kitties at least, but my wife literally fell asleep for most of it. Ouch. The reprise of "Glory" in the middle was the best number, well written, well executed. Good acting here, but musically not varied enough perhaps? Still, I was thoroughly entertained.

History Camp
by Pam Paolo Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I laughed so hard! The characterization and their one-liners were so great I had to stop laughing so I wouldn't miss the next line. And LOVED their wonderful music. I could listen to them sing all night long. A very talented group! After Zombie High School and History Camp, I can't wait to see what they come up with next year!

Fantastic harmonizing
by Kenneth Hanf Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Fantastic a capella performance. The singing is seemingly flawless in tune and sychronization. I admire and envy the vocal talents of these young performers.

Smooth delivery. Fun and funny.

The weak areas which keep this from 5 kitties are (1) the varying degrees of effort in getting into character both in accent and in mannerism and (2) the attempt to develop too many themes in too short a time making the central theme progression somewhat obscure and weak.

by Sean Hansberry Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Man, the music in this show was SO fantastic!!! I was so impressed with the musical numbers that I was hooked immediately! Honestly, the music was fantastic and SO impressive that it was ALL done on stage. Troy, you rule.

by beth walcker Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The most enjoyable hour I've spent lately. The cast was fresh and talented and the music was lovely. Will you just keep singing guys? I didn't want it to end. Bravo!

Great show!
by Terri Marques Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I loved this one! So fun and great songs! I want to see this one again!

by Sara Lahti Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I saw them perform in the Fringe Preview at the Loft (or wherever I was) and although the singing was beautiful I really had no intention to see the play.

Ironically the History Camp song stayed with me until the first week of Fringe, and so i decided well lets see what the reviews are. Since it seemed to be doing very well and my friend raved about it- I decided that I must go- and I am so happy that I did. I absolutely LOVED IT. The double twist at the end completely sold it for me. And when is it not enjoyable to even just sit back and hear talented people sing!

Great Job!

by Katrina Mendoza Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The show was phenominal. It was full of energy, hearty Lol's and giggles in between. The cast exudes vocal talent and boy did that Anna Poppinchalk hit her role of Emily Dickinson right out of the ballpark! LOVE LOVE LOVED IT. Everyone should see it more than once! acting, beat boxing, singing made for a fabulous performance. 10 Kitties!!

Get ready for a campy summer!
by Diana Schempp Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
History Camp is a great way to spend an hour. This a capella group takes an admirable second plunge into acting and the lines are full of witty, self-aware campiness that will have you holding your side. The music was fantastic and I'm excited to see more from this group!

Fantasy A Capella
by Bill McTeer Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
What would famous people from history be willing to do to get a do-over? History Camp selects a group of eight dead celebrities for a two-week outdoor adventure at the end of which, if they are good, they might be able to rewrite history. Not surprisingly, their outsize egos have trouble with the playing together thing. It's a premise for a bunch of excellent new songs presented by an attractive cast with great voices.

by Fringe Guy Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I saw the show the first night, and with any first fringe shows, a moment or two of "shoot that comes up really fast" at no time did the audience care. It is so much fun to watch a show that takes a new and different twist with the the songs and the story. Their is a lot of talent in the cast and they should be proud of their work. Go see it and have as much fun as the cast is.

I wanna go to camp again!!!!
by Cody Sorensen Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show was so fun! Great story concept, awesome characters, beautiful singing, and the perfect twist at the end. Bravo guys! I will now have that History Camp song stuck in my head forever.

by Publius McGee Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Fun concept, amazingly talented singers, high energy, and a twist at the end. As perfect as perfect can be.

Oh, and Anna Weggel - cutest Amelia Earhart ever, or CUTEST AMELIA EARHART EVER??

More historical than hysterical.
by re gurgitate Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
The Zombie HS players return with a show that tries to return to the magic of last years show, but misses the mark by a bit. There really was no central character to focus on this year(although they tried with a weak love story). The songs seemed very similar to last year, and none of the historical figures were terribly captivating. Most of the comedy came from Amelia Earhart, who would then fade back into the pack. I';d probably give it 3 kitties, but they still have some extra credit for High School.

by Kate Brown Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Have you ever been to a musical or play or movie where it just keeps exceeding your expectations all the way through? Well this is it. I already knew it was going to be awesome because I know of Andrew Berkowitz's talents, but the show was even better than I could have ever imagined! The singing and beat-boxing are EXCEPTIONAL and the cast's energy is contagious. They all fit their historical characters perfectly. The music is written so beautifully and intricately ~ fantastic songwriting. And SO FUNNY. I was literally crying, I was laughing so hard at the quick one-liners & all the hysterical looks the characters were giving each other..I didn't think it was possible, but I do believe they actually created something better than Zombies!!

Lacking In-Tents-Ity (sorry)
by Collin Knopp-Schwyn Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Last's year's Zombie High School was one of those shows that gave me shivers because it was so good. I regret to report, then, that History Camp was unable to do the same. The cast's songwriting and musicality are unquestionable, but the show feels a little low on spirit. There are plenty of jokes, but often only within the dialogue, and certain songs, namely "The Traveler", felt extraneous...replacing it with more development of the characters might've been a decent idea. Of course, this show is not without its merits. Troy Zimmerman's enthusiastic leadership was goofy and fun, and Anna Popinchalk and Andrew Berkowitz, as Emily Dickinson and Harry Houdini, respectively, did gorgeously in their "Out of Time" duet.

"Night turkeys!"

Alright Campers!
by Kale Ganann Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
History Camp is the new acapella musical from the people who brought you Zombie High School, and they continue to grow as an acting troupe. Their new piece collects historical figures and gives them a chance to go back and add to their various triumphs - and then pits them against each other for the chance. The singing is fantastic, the humor is great, and it's a fantastic Fringe show. What are you waiting for?

Bring your bug spray!
by Evelyn Blum Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Clever, and beautifully sung. I fell in love with each of the characters and the music was beautifully sung and written. Watch out Glee, Zombie High school is better!

Great off-beat fringe show
by Delano Dugarm Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
The cast were enthusiastic and charming, and really sold the show. Andrew Berkowitz sang especially well.

I thought the story seemed a little weak, but a) I don't go to a musical for the plot, and b) it ends great. A great off-beat fringe show.

a bit disappointing
by Mark Browning Milner Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
their "zombie high school" last year was a brilliant idea, but this year their reach exceeded their grasp. there were too many ideas to be successfully explored in just an hour. i wish this group as a whole sang as well as six-appeal in "balls out", which whom they share a member. while some characterizations were spot on (amelia, emily, joan), others were weak - marilyn made no attempt to sing or speak to match her look, franklin and magellan should have had english and spanish/portuguese accents, respectively, and would it be so hard to paint a goatee on shakespeare? i liked the twist at the end, though. and, to be perfectly fair, i am emphatically in the minority - the audience adored this show.

Almost a five.
by August Berkshire Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
A fun premise done in an enjoyable fashion. You'll be pleased.

For the Musically Inclined
by Shannon Elliott Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Musicals are always fun, while History Camp has wonderfully written music it does not have much more than that. The performers were dull but the singing was fantastic. For those looking for a wonderful acapella show, this is great, but for those looking for a good story it might be better to look elsewhere. This would be a great show to take the family to and I applaude their acapella sound.

by tin lizzy Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The only thing I regret in seeing this show is that I missed Zombie High School last year.

Every aspect of this show I rate as 5-kitties:

The ENTIRE cast was brilliant: acting, acapella singing (+ hella awesome beatboxing JR and Houdini!), timing, delivery, chemistry of the whole crew, and just everything; there's not a weak link to be found here.

The writing/script/storyline is tight, clever, inventive, engaging, fast-paced, lol-inducing.

The musical numbers are fantastically well written and performed, adorable, well-placed and delightful.

The only disappointment was the hour passing far too quickly - which I've found is RARELY the case for me watching Fringe shows! I would've happily sat for another 1/2 hour or more of this cast doing this show!

So far gets my Best of the Fringe vote!

Didn't expect this
by Michael Lewis Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I was planning on seeing one show, and when it unexpectedly sold out, I ran over and got this ticket (a bad choice, seeing as how this one was also so close to selling out). But I got in, not knowing what I was going to be seeing except it was a musical. But, oh, what a musical. This is easily the best musical I've seen in the Fringe. Well written, humorous, and with a twist ending I never saw coming, but the music - holy crap, the music was phenomenal. So I am so glad the other show was sold out, because without it, I might never have experienced this fantastic show. When I was thinking about how to sell this to my non-Fringe friends, a thought came to me: if you like "Glee," you'll like this show. They have nothing in common except high caliber singing, especially when it comes to mash-ups and singing in harmony. I hope this one gets released, as I'll buy it as well! I was humming the tunes the whole way home.

Enjoyed every minute
by Bob Flynn Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Three fun of the show only unmatched by the talent and the perfect music. The cast seemed to have as much fun as we did.
(Love you, Emily Dickeson)

That's Entertainment!
by Ann Capeder Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
We had not attended a Fringe Festival performance before and we were not sure what to expect…absolutely hilarious! What an extremely talented cast. The script was witty, fun, and full of surprises.
We loved the camp counselor… what a riot! All of the performers were terrific but we loved Marilyn Monroe’s voice… beautiful. Can’t wait for next year, (and we will be ordering a copy of last years performance!)

History is repeated!
by Emely Pilar Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I was wondering what this group could possibly do to live up to last year's Zombie High school? Zombie was unexpected so History Camp had some big shoes to fill. HC did not disappoint. This group is so multi-talented! The characters were spot on, the timming and humor were excellent but the music and singing was outstanding! Andrew Berkowitz defintely has a talent for writing music. If you missed Zombie last year you're in luck, it isn't often that you get a second chance to see something as well done as HC. Bravo for something that actually lives up to expectations! Don't miss it.

Great Singing, Great Concept
by James Rone Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Big ensemble shows are tough, and this one has the added burden of using historical figures as its main characters. Despite those considerable hurdles, Zimmerman and Co. pull this thing off beautifully. Perhaps most memorable for me is the choral arrangements. There were some chord changes that actually made me audibly gasp (I'm sure it sounded really pretentious to the people sitting around me). Troy Zimmerman's comic timing is predictably great and Anna Weggel is a standout as Amelia Earhart.

More. Now.
by Josh Carson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
As an avid lover of the previous Zombie Highschool, to an unhealthy degree, I was eagerly awaiting the follow-up.

And it did not disappoint.

To be perfectly honest, I didn't enjoy this show as much as I did Zombie Highschool. I adored that show. Still do.

However, this show reached another level with me.

These guys know what they're doing. Both with comedy and song. And, it just so happened that this show reaches brilliant levels of comedy.

It's smart, it's funny, and it'll potentially cause a smile on your face that may never go away.

Galloping Jalopies, My Face Hurts!
by David Norris Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
(Full disclosure: I saw Zombie High School last year and thoroughly enjoyed it, so my expectations were a little high for this show.)

What do you get when you cross choral nerds with doo-wop and a side of history? This show. From beginning to end they never ceased to impress—score, book, acting and singing were solid. All the camp stereotypes were there too: a rivalry between two girls; geeky boy trying to get the non-traditionally hot girl; a blonde bombshell; creepy camp counselor. And the remarkable part was it never *felt* like stereotypes in the way these types of musicals often do. It stayed true to itself while being a helluva lot of fun—and there was a powerful message (and some twists!) at the end too. But the musical writing was phenomenal (I use that word carefully), the comedic timing perfect, and at times it was hard to believe that these (live) performances weren’t auto-tuned.

Drop Dead (Sorry) Funny
by robert walton Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
We thoroughly enjoyed seeing History Camp last night. The cast of historical (yes, dead) characters was a perfect platform for these very talented performers to let loose. The riffs between Joan of Arc and Amelia Earhart were priceless. The songs were smart and sung with amazing energy and polish. Our faces hurt from laughing so hard. Great fun!

By Bob Walton

Summer camp rocks!
by Sue Koch Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I loved this! Funny, engaging, smart, and the ending was so unpreditable and surprising.

History IS Fun
by Renee Soppe Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Thoroughly enjoyed this musical journey into the best stereotypes of camp (with some of history's greatest characters.) The cast was ridiculously talented, with great comedic timing in & out of song. The biggest surprise was the music itself - well-constructed and performed with energy and ability beyond my expectations. While there may have been bright spots in the cast, there were no weak ones - which kept the audience engaged throughout the show.

Must see!!!!!!
by Michael Brookens Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I saw Zombie High School last year, so my expectations were rather high for this group's next show. I was completely into the show from beginning to end. Music, Script, and Talent all teamed up to make this a witty must see show. The music for the show was great to listen to, supported the story very well, and enriched the whole experience. At times I forgot I was listening to an "a cappella musical". It just blended in with the fabric of the show, like any "regular" musical. The script was..... HILARIOUS!!! I could not believe how each character had its own niche, with historical relevance yet accessible humor. (I may be a bit rusty on my Emily Dickinson). Dare I say this may be better than Zombie High School? I don't know, but I cant wait to see it again.

Musical Fun
by Levi Morris Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I'm a closet musical lover so I quietly sneaked off to see "History Camp" by myself in hopes of being pleased but not outed. And I was pleased and I'm outing myself!! It grabs you right from the start with it's tight vocals between the entire cast on the first number. Characters that you loved from History were vibrant with jokes that were accessible even if you don't remember the history completely. The show is a quick 60 minutes of fun, twists, and silly surprises. With only a few awkward transitions, some dialogue lost due to actors talking during applause or laughter, and a heterosexual Emily Dickinson...this show is still totally worth the trip to History Camp!! :)

this is a camp I'd want to attend
by Scott Pakudaitis Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Such an incredibly talented cast! The songs are fantastic & the interplay among the characters is quick & sharp. Clever premise & a fun script.

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