Arenac Eastern bringing zombie comedy to stage

Tim Barnum
During rehearsal, Aaron Hicks, Daisy Sever and Madison King sit on a couch and discuss what to do with the zombie they tied up, who is portrayed by Lawson Dorle.

TWINING — Fans of zombie movies or television shows can see the genre live onstage at Arenac Eastern May 1-2 during the drama troupe’s performance of “… And Zombies!”

Director Amy Huff said the performance will include two acts, with the first depicting a struggling drama group trying to perform “Romeo and Juliet.”

“Their own parents are avoiding the show, their faculty sponsor has fled, and the only audience member is a sleeping homeless man,” she said. “When they discover that he is actually dead, they turn him into a zombie, hoping to have him join the show and make it a hit with the zombie-loving masses. One bite leads to another and everything spins out of control, leaving only a few survivors.”

Huff said the first act will include a variety of characters and thought-provoking moments. In the second act, which Huff said is a straight-forward comedy, students perform a series of vignettes related to the first act.

“In Act II, the survivors find themselves at the mercy of their narrators as they present ‘10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse,’” she said. “Each method of survival puts the survivors into a unique and quirky predicament.”

Huff said “… And Zombies!” features a mixture of experienced and new student actors.

“The cast for this show features many of our seniors who have been in several productions,” she said. “Because of the uniqueness of this show, we have pulled several newcomers out of the woodwork. Students who otherwise wouldn’t have thought to be in a production are showing up to help with makeup, build props, run lights and sound, and, of course, become part of the zombie apocalypse.”

According to Huff, after reading the “10 Ways” script, she felt it would be a good fit for the school. She said the first reading with the drama class provided plenty of laughs and was loved by the students. Huff said they needed to find a complementary play to provide the background for zombie survival, and “Just Add Zombies,” the first act, seemed to be the perfect complement.

Show times are May 1-2 at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 apiece.

“All proceeds will go towards next year’s productions,” Huff said. “Our biggest expense is often the performing rights, but for this show, it was actually the makeup that made up our biggest expense.”

Besides the drama class, Huff said the performance was aided by several community members. She said Lynne Meyer assisted with costumes and props, Whit’s End supplied makeup, supplies and education, Bernard Building Center donated set-building supplies and the Tawas Bay Players assisted with costumes and props.

For more information, contact Arenac Eastern at 989-867-4234.


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