Wanted: bloodcurdling zombies

KERRY MCBRIDE
Last updated 09:57 25/09/2012
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CASTING CALL: Jennifer Wolfson from Philadelphia made into a zombie for the Wellington event.

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Not just anyone can pull off a top-quality stagger and stare, but if you can, then Adventure Wellington wants to hear from you.

The activities club is looking for 60 flesh-eater extraordinaires to scare a group of innocent runners taking part in a fundraising fun run on Matiu-Somes Island.

The first casting call was on Sunday and there will be another next Tuesday, to find Wellington's best zombies.

Organiser Linc Gasking said Adventure Wellington members wanted to do something a bit crazy, and zombies seemed to fit the bill perfectly.

"Given the long history of quarantine and disease on Somes Island, we thought it would be the ideal place for a fun run-style event, but with added zombies," he said.

"Luckily DOC and the iwi who look after the island also thought it would be good fun."

Inspired by the United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention's use of zombies in its emergency management plans, Adventure Wellington enlisted the Wellington Emergency Management Office for the October 27 event.

"Zombies are a fantastic way to talk about emergency preparedness, so it is very cool to have them involved."

Using the fun run as a fundraiser for the Wellington SPCA also seemed fitting, Mr Gasking said.

"The biggest thing in an emergency that people will break the rules for is getting back their pets, so you could say there's a bit of a link between pets, zombies and emergencies."

While registrations for the Zombie Island run are already at capacity, playing a zombie could potentially be more fun anyway, he said.

The lucky group will get to chase runners to their hearts' content, but will also be a part of a zombie music video and a zombie flash mob.

The casting call on Sunday attracted about 30 hopefuls who were challenged to show off their best stagger, demonstrate their flesh-eating flair and take part in a zombie-style dance-off.

"It was a very promising session," Gasking said.

"We were all really impressed with the amount of work people put into their zombie impressions. They need to show they have the right kind of attitude for it."

The next zombie casting call will be at 19 Tory St, Wellington, on Tuesday, October 2, at 6.30pm.

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