By ALISON LAX
For my senior project, which every student must complete before they graduate at St. John Neumann, I wanted to do something unique that incorporated my passion - theatre. That is why I decided to direct the short play, "Zombie Wedding," a work by Jeffrey Lovett.
St. John Neumann Regional Academy junior Nick Fischer, left, and freshman Raena Matz rehearse for “Zombie Wedding.”
In this comedy's somewhat distorted reality, Ashley, a sunny young woman, has met the love of her life, and is ecstatic over the fact that they are getting married in less than three days.
Her friends and family, however, are less than thrilled about the short time frame and the fact that they have never even met the man before.
However, nothing compares to their shock and horror that Ashley's fiance, Bruce, has a few surprises of his own; the biggest being that he is a zombie!
Hilarious mayhem ensues as Ashley's loved ones desperately try to prevent her marriage to someone who would surely kill for her.
When I found this play online, I instantly was hooked. In the summer, I met with my principal, Mrs. Denise Tobin, and told her about my idea to put on the production at St. John Neumann. She loved it, and together we worked out the preparatory details (budget, rehearsal schedule, etc.).
Once school started and auditions were complete, official rehearsals began (and are still occurring with the help of Mr. Kyle Murphy, my drama teacher, and SJNRA sophomore Josette Deck, my stage manager).
As anyone could guess, directing a cast of your friends can be tough. But the upside is that they have a warm chemistry that cannot be taught. I know that they have the talent and ability to make this production the best that it can be.
Theatre has been a major part of my life since I was in elementary school, when I first began to see and participate in numerous shows at the Community Theatre League in Williamsport.
I love the thrill of a performance and truly becoming someone you normally are not; forgetting your own thoughts and problems while trying someone else's on.
"Zombie Wedding" will be the second play I have directed, as I also directed "A Thousand Cranes" at CTL earlier this year.
I plan to continue acting and-or directing as a career, because whether it's happy, funny, sad or serious, every show is a story that has the capability to make someone's life a little bit better, and it needs to be heard.
"Zombie Wedding" will be performed for the public at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 and 23 in the St. John Neumann High School gymnasium.
Tickets will be available at the door. All proceeds will be given to a charity.