Attractions Magazine is proud to announce that we will be presenting “We Party On,” a live-streamed virtual reunion of the original creators and performers of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure, on Oct. 22 as a benefit for the Greater Orlando Performing Arts Relief fund.
Editor’s Note: This is not an officially licensed Bill and Ted’s event and is not part of the licensed Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure.
We Party On: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Reunion virtually reunites members of the ‘90s-era cast and crew of the beloved Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights show for the first time in over 20 years. The live streaming event is set to take place on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Eastern.
The show is being organized in partnership with Attractions Magazine and co-hosted by Jason Surrell, an author, screenwriter, former Walt Disney Imagineer and former Senior Creative Director at Universal Creative, who started his career at Universal Orlando Resort, where he wrote and directed Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure for five years as part of the creative team that helped make Halloween Horror Nights the seasonal institution it is today.
The show will be moderated and co-hosted by Jay Becker, a fixture of the Orlando theater community for almost 30 years. Guests currently scheduled to appear include the “Queen of Halloween,” the most triumphant Julie Zimmerman, creator of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure and co-creator of Halloween Horror Nights; Chris Leps, one of the show’s original “Bill”s and now a successful filmmaker and stunt double for such A-list stars as Johnny Depp; James Keaton, one of the show’s original “Ted”s and an icon of Orlando’s theme park community; Adrian LePeltier, the show’s original director; Paul Vroom, director from 1994-1995; the show’s longtime stunt coordinator, industry legend John Zimmerman; along with many other members of the show’s cast and crew from 1992-1998.
Members of the cast and crew, many of them seeing each other for the first time in years, will be on-hand to talk about the show’s creation and production and share never-before heard stories about this Halloween Horror Nights institution, including writing, directing, casting, performing, calling and crewing the show, stunts, pyro, music and more! The event will also pay tribute to friends who are gone but far from forgotten, including Tyler Cravens, Kevin Holden and Michael Shea.
“We Party On: Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Reunion” will also serve as a fundraiser for GOPAR—Greater Orlando Performing Arts Relief— an organization dedicated to helping members of the Central Florida creative community, many of whom helped bring the Bill and Ted show to life over the years, during these unprecedented times. GOPAR’s mission is to provide easy-access assistance in times of crisis to individuals in the Greater Orlando area who typically derive income from the performing arts and/or theme park entertainment sectors; to be sensitive to each individual’s unique circumstances; and to offer a holistic approach toward achieving long term solutions for financial, physical, and emotional well-being. Viewers are encouraged to donate directly to GOPAR on behalf of all the cast and crew members involved in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure over the years.
Reunion organizer Jason Surrell says: “All the nostalgic reunions we’ve seen this year have been personal bright spots for me. So with Bill and Ted back on the big screen and Halloween events getting scaled back or canceled altogether, I thought it was the perfect time to get the old Bill and Ted gang back together. At first it was going to be a private reunion just for ourselves, but then we thought it might be cool to get longtime HHN and Bill and Ted fans in on the fun. And then we decided to see if we could find a way to benefit the very kind of people who made these shows what they are, our local performing arts community.”
“We Party On: Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Reunion” will be livestreamed on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 8-10:30 p.m. Eastern. The video will be available here for replay indefinitely after the event:
No registration is required, and you can watch the event for free at YouTube.com/AttractionsMagazine, but donations to GOPAR are strongly encouraged; they can be made via St. Luke’s Orlando at tinyurl.com/GiveGOPAR (Please enter “We Party On” in the Notes to make your donation on behalf of all the cast and crew members involved in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure over the years).
Here is the full list of guests scheduled to participate (subject to change):
- Jason Surrell: Co-host, Writer/Director
- Jay T. Becker: Co-host & Moderator
- Julie Zimmerman: Co-creator of HHN and the Creator of the Bill and Ted show
- Dame Adrian LePeltier: Director
- Paul Vroom: Director
- Chris Leps: OG “Bill S. Preston/Robin”
- James Keaton: OG “Ted Logan”
- John Gallagher: OG “Bill”
- Joey Wolf: “Bill”
- Brian Skala: “Ted”
- Dean Shull: “Ted”
- Dan Johnson: “Captain James T. Kirk/Sgt. T.J. Hooker”
- Mike Mergenthaler: “The Deacon/Captain Jean-Luc Picard”
- Scott Serridge: “The Terminator”
- Diana Chops Dale: “Catwoman/The Borg Queen”
- John Bearse: Stage Manager
- Jeff Brozovich: “Mr. Freeze”
- Jason Gray: “The Crow/Agent K”
- Brenda Shea: “Ellen Ripley/Laurie Strode”
- Aaron Bernard: “Cosmo Kramer/Bobby DeNiro”
- Gina Levy: “Elaine Marie Benes/Old Rose”
- Randy Vaughn: “Jack Dawson”
- Alicia Skala: “Catwoman/Poison Ivy”
- Dara Fischetti: “Poison Ivy/Emma Peel”
- Holland Hayes: “President William Jefferson Clinton”
- Eric Miles: “Vincent Vega”
- Shannon McClung: “Ghostface”
- Cheryl Bott: Stage Manager
- Will Hawn: Stage Manager
- Scotty Sheplee: Audio Tech and “The Voice of Bill and Ted”
- John Zimmerman: Stunt Coordinator
- Michelle Szalay Clermont: Tech
- Jim Sleeth: Props & Tech
- Kelly Malik: “Cindy Brady”
- Christian Kelty: “John McClane”
- Rhonda Gray: “Batgirl”
- Chris Tortora: “Batman”
- Tom Loureiro: “Martin Riggs”
- Ed MacFarlane: “Martin Riggs”
For more information visit the Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Reunion Facebook page and watch these videos for more memories from Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights: