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Eternal Jamnation: Lost Souls will be a new show replacing Edge of Darkness in the Kings Dominion Theatre for 2014.

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Rock with all the creatures of the Underworld as they lead you to a most disturbing end. These dead souls are ready to terrify you, but be careful you don't get snatched away. Our ghouls are ready to battle for your soul and there is no way to save you. Be ready to enter your Eternal Jamnation!

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Looks like Kings Dominion has decided to continue their trend of horribly-named shows...
 
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Joe said:
Eternal Jamnation: Lost Souls will be a new show replacing Edge of Darkness in the Kings Dominion Theatre for 2014.

Kings Dominion said:
Rock with all the creatures of the Underworld as they lead you to a most disturbing end. These dead souls are ready to terrify you, but be careful you don't get snatched away. Our ghouls are ready to battle for your soul and there is no way to save you. Be ready to enter your Eternal Jamnation!

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Looks like Kings Dominion has decided to continue their trend of horribly-named shows...



This show has been performed at other Cedar Fair parks over the last couple years. I assume that it was our turn at this production rotation. I wonder if RWS & Associates is handling this show for 2014? I have seen a couple YouTube videos of this production and all I can say is expect another rock music show.

I am glad the park dumped last years "Edge of Darkness" show. That had to be the worst Halloween show the park has ever produced under Cedar Fair. The performers were trying to make the most of it; but there is only so much you can do with manure. I wish Cedar Fair would get some new "blood" in their entertainment division. The Halloween shows are getting a little too repetitive (rock, rock, and, oh, would you like some more re-hashed rock music?)
 
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This will definitely be done by RWS. I'm not expecting much. I would assume the "production rotation" within Cedar Fair just means that they have the rights to certain songs to use in shows. For example, All Access at KD was the same as Rock the Point at Cedar Point; same songs, completely different show. Hopefully this is more than KD's typical music shows; Edge of Darkness literally put me to sleep.
 
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This will definitely be done by RWS. I'm not expecting much. I would assume the "production rotation" within Cedar Fair just means that they have the rights to certain songs to use in shows. For example, All Access at KD was the same as Rock the Point at Cedar Point; same songs, completely different show. Hopefully this is more than KD's typical music shows; Edge of Darkness literally put me to sleep.

This production has been rotated to other parks in the Cedar Fair chain. They do have a central entertainment division that comes up with a show theme, music selection/order, and an outline/order for the production. Each park that selects this show, gets their hired entertainment company to audition the performers, build their version of any set pieces/backdrops, costume selection/fabrication, lighting and stage setup.

As stated, the core show is the same; but, the sets, costumes, lighting are up to each park and their entertainment production company. Sometimes the vocal arrangements vary from park to park depending who they end up hiring to perform the show.
 

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Here is the opening scene of Carowinds' version of the show. I wonder if KD's show will be similar.
 
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Joe, I am pretty sure the show will be the same music wise (selection & order). The production theme, outline/story will be the most likely be the same as well.

I am sure the set and costumes will be different and possibly the vocal arrangement(s) of the songs. As those things will be determined by the entertainment company casting and producing the show.

I assume there has been no surprise changes with who will be handling this production (RWS & Associates). It will be another Cedar Fair, (i.e. low), budget Halloween rock music production. MY guess in the $300,000 to $600,000 dollar range. Not, that I would expect them to spend more on a show that runs 3 days a week for 6 weeks.
 

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The "other" site, KDFansite, posted a picture of the show's new sign. The picture was taken by performer Amy (the one from KD40 On Stage, whose interview I posted earlier) which leads me to believe that she will be in the new show.
[facebook=https://www.facebook.com/KDfansite/photos/a.10150550531162272.393543.228082587271/10152699239232272/?type=1&theater[/facebook]
 
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Busch Gardens proudly donated the rest of the sheet metal from Porno nights to KD! Maybe that's why BGW liked their Facebook page... Love that community spirit.
 
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Heard through the Grapevine, that some of the show set pieces for this production was used in a former Haunt show that started with a "F".
 

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So this show was actually much better than I expected. The sets were really good, and there was actually a plot that kept the show moving along. Waaayyy better than Edge of Darkness and KD40 On Stage.

Oh, and there's one thing in particular that was kind of strange. Just like Night Beats, the opening song was "Shadows of the Night." I must say I appreciated that. :cool:
 
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So this show was actually much better than I expected. The sets were really good, and there was actually a plot that kept the show moving along. Waaayyy better than Edge of Darkness and KD40 On Stage.

Oh, and there's one thing in particular that was kind of strange. Just like Night Beats, the opening song was "Shadows of the Night." I must say I appreciated that. :cool:

I noticed that this show was more mainstream in its music selection. The sound still needs some adjusting with the vocals. The soundboard person needs to bump up the voices just a tad; it was hard for me to hear the narrative clearly and some singing parts were a little muddled. Its strange in that the music track volume was OK, it was not obnoxiously loud as in years past.

Over all, the show is much better than last years "Edge of Darkness". That show went over the edge and never came back. :cool:
 

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As I said earlier, this show was better than I had expected. I guess I'll write up a little review of the debut show.

First, here is a picture of the set. Unlike the park's main season shows, Eternal Jamnation had a decent set.
[instagram=http://instagram.com/p/tbgCrhEQDY/]

So here it goes. If you don't want this show to be spoiled, I don't recommend reading this.

The show takes place in a graveyard. The show starts and the whole theater goes dark. The lights on the stage slowly fade back up, and we are introduced to a witch who has climbed onto the center structure. Another witch emerges from the shadows, and the two begin to argue. The first witch is bored with her life in the graveyard and wants a human to play with, while the other witch thinks humans are dangerous and she should stay away from them. The first witch ignores her friend's warnings and summons other "creatures of the night" into the graveyard, where she says they will go into the night, leading them into the opening song "Shadows of the Night."

About halfway through "Shadows of the Night," the witch takes her dancing into the aisles. At the end of the song, she goes searching for a human to "possess." She picks one, who is really just another performer in normal day clothes, and "possesses" him to do whatever she wants him to do. The two perform a little duet as she brings him onto the stage, where he joins the "creatures of the night" in the graveyard.

The head witch and the other female cast members flock toward him in delight, as he sings "Lay Your Hands On Me" and eventually the whole cast gets into the song, with the human still possessed and going along with it.

After the song, a vampire character emerges and is angry at the witch, believing the human is a threat to their kind. He proceeds to show how evil he and the other creatures of the graveyard are, singing "Radioactive." The witch rebels, and she and the human sing "We're Not Gonna Take It" to the Vampire.

Furious, the Vampire summons the creatures away, off-stage. Just as the lead witch is being pulled away, the human grabs her and says she can't leave, because he wants to be with her. They fall in love (so we think!), and the two kiss. As they are kissing, the human pulls out a dagger and stabs the witch in the back, killing her.

The Vampire emerges again and is furious at what the human has done. He uses some sort of Vampire power to bring the witch back to life, where all of the creatures of the graveyard capture the human and chain him to a tombstone. The push him down, behind the stone, and there is a blast of fog and red light. The human emerges from the fog, bloody and wearing torn black clothing like the rest of the creatures, signifying that the creatures killed him and took him to the "dark side. There is a final number with the creatures of the graveyard, and the head witch says next time they bring someone to the shadows of the night, it'll be you. They all laugh manically and flee up the aisles of the theater in a series of flashing light. And that's how the show ends.




So how was the show? It was far better than Edge of Darkness and KD40 On Stage, for sure. I honestly quite liked it, as did my dad who is typically very critical of the shows (for reference, he absolutely HATED KD40 On Stage). The singing talent was phenomenal, unlike KD40 which had some performers who were downright pitchy. The sound system for the vampire seemed a bit off, but that should be a technical issue that can be easily addressed. I do agree with mwhinva's statement that the sound-mixing needs to be fixed now.

The cast also had a few performers from past KD shows. The human used to be in KD40 On Stage, On Broadway, and shows at BGW. One of the male performers (not the vampire) was in KD40 and On Broadway, as was one of the female performers as I recognized as Amy from a plethora of other KD shows.

I was surprised at how this show had a plot. While the story may sound complicated in the review, it really wasn't. To put into context, this show was about as show-driven as Fiends. It was a simple plot (as opposed to LR) but drove the along and kept things moving swiftly. There was some dialogue, but it wasn't overly cheesy like in some other shows. All-in-all it was a music show still that was driven forward by a discernible plot. The plot really kept things going, as the transitions were so smooth there really was no break in the action. In fact, I didn't even get the chance to clap until the show was over.

What I really liked about this show, is that it didn't pretend to be something it wasn't. Shows at both BGW and KD, for main season and Halloween shows, often come off seeming like "wannabe" Broadway shows. They try to be something that they can't be in a theme park. Eternal Jamnation didn't do that. It told a story and told parts of it through song. There weren't any flashy dance numbers, goofy jokes, or wild special effects. The biggest example of how the show didn't try to be a big-shot is that there was no point at the end where the actors stood, bowed, took in applause, or anything like that. They fled the theater and the show ended, just like that, without any final flashy pose or anything. It told a story through music, and did a darn fine job at it too. Sometimes simplicity* is elegant. *Not a Fiends reference.

So, overall, it was a fairly simple show that had a big effect. It provided great talent and more importantly a much-needed break from the over-the-top productions that seem to have become the norm at the Virginia theme parks. I will definitely be back to see this show again, and I would actually recommend it to anyone else going to Haunt this season.

Looks like KD has finally figured out what they want with their big Haunt production.
 

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I can't help but to notice that the archway in the theater is lit up, I've never seen that before. It's a cool throwback to the shows of the past that might've done that (especially "Live at the Palace" from 1990). I might head to Haunt soon, don't know when though.
 

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Sorry for being so late for this but heres a fun fact for you. Did you know the set of Eternal Jammination: Lost Souls is the same set from the 2010 show Fangs? (Fangs was one of the best shows KD produced but was too adult and they had to shut it down all over the CF chain.)
 
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Connor said:
Sorry for being so late for this but heres a fun fact for you. Did you know the set of Eternal Jammination: Lost Souls is the same set from the 2010 show Fangs? (Fangs was one of the best shows KD produced but was too adult and they had to shut it down all over the CF chain.)

Check out my 09/25 post above (just a little late) ;-D
 

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Yay! Amy DK, a performer in this show as well as countless other KD shows, posted a video of Eternal Jamnation. Here it is:

What does everyone else think of the show?
 

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The murder should've been left out, really unnecessary. And the fact that they couldn't make new props for the stage makes me feel like I've seen it before. Other than that looks like a show I expect KD to produce.
 

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Yeah, the murder was sort of cheesy. The plot may have been a bit "much" for this type of show, too. (Not London Rocks bad, but still.) I don't have a problem with the set, though. Given KD's struggle to provide a decent set for a show, a reused set totally beats no set (remember Edge of Darkness's "set," which consisted of a cardboard-cutout dartboard?). Plus, the last time that set was seen was 2010 and it was only used for one season, so it's not like reusing the sets should effect the show. Seems like a smart choice to use their resources and find a basically free set. All in all, I would still say this is a decent show overall, with a few things that could be improved. I'm just glad KD's Haunt shows don't suck this year. :p
 
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