A new Quad Cities-based theatre company, the Mississippi Bend Players, is kicking off their three summer-stock presentations at Augustana College’s Brunner Theatre Center with “Zombie Prom” this weekend!

“Zombie Prom” is a 1950s horror comic book brought to life as a musical comedy by John Dempsey and Dana P. Rowe. This campy, rollicking romp takes the audience through America’s Atomic Age and the Golden Age of horror comic books.

This production will be performed on July 8-9, July 14-16 on Brunner Main Stage at Brunner Theatre Center, located at 3750 7th Avenue Rock Island.

Ticket prices are $15 for general public and $12 for senior citizens, students, Augustana faculty/staff/students. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit http://www.augustana.edu/arts/ticket-office.

The Mississippi Bend Players’ mission is to provide excellence in Quad-Cities theatre by producing both commercially proven works and original musical and dramatic material.

The company is spearheaded by Broadway veteran and Augustana alumnus Philip Wm. McKinley ’73, whose credits include theatrical productions ranging from the Tony Award-winning Hugh Jackman musical “The Boy from Oz” to Augustana’s staging of the locally written drama “A Green River.” McKinley himself is directing their debut production of “Zombie Prom”.

Come and check out the new Brunner Theatre Center and the Mississippi Bend Players for this thrilling new show!


Tess Abney was born and raised in the Quad Cities. Her passion for writing and entertainment was apparent at a very young age. Whether it is sharing local events and businesses with readers or sharing her thoughts on life, she finds comfort in the way words can bring people together.