Zombies and comedy collide in Harrison double feature

Zombies invade and a villain gets his comeuppance during Harrison High School’s “Double Feature Night of Comedies,” a pair of plays performed April 29 and 30, 7:30 p.m., in the school auditorium.

Harrison High School Zombie Apocalypse
Zombies threaten sophomore Annaliese Fowler, 15, and junior Darius Bonner, 16, during “How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse”.

The two shows, “Egad, What A Cad! (or, Virtue Triumphs Over Villainy)”, and “10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse”, are under the direction of Dean and Sue Cobb, with assistance from student stage managers Grace Hankes and Liz Pappas. The first show takes place in the Greystone mansion, where nurse Constant Hope (Bridget Smith), haunted by a tragic past, is about to fall into the clutches of black hearted cad, Bertram Oleander (Jeff Bell). By a strange coincidence, noble hero Manly Rash (Ben Francis) arrives in the nick of time to save Constant from a fate worse than death.

Harrison High School Egad a Cad
The cast of “Egad a Cad”: (Back, l. to r.) Hannah Martin, 16, sophomore; Clara Valenti, 16, junior; Jeff Bell, 16, junior; Jacqueline Mallia, 18, senior; and Evan Kravitz, 17, junior. Front: Bridget Smith, 16, junior; and Benjamin Francis, 17, junior

The more contemporary comedy features hordes of rampaging zombies, and brains will be involved, but will they be eaten or used. Sue Cobb explained that the zombie actors will be dining on a limbs created with a mixture of peach gelatin and evaporated milk.

Senior Adam Blugerman, 17, said he’s excited about performing; this marks his 11th show, since he started his stage career in fifth grade, with a Sky’s the Limit youth theatre production of “Annie”. While he was a little concerned that playing a zombie wouldn’t require much acting, he said the opposite has been true – particularly since many of his schoolmates follow zombie-centered television shows like “The Walking Dead.”

Harrison High zombies
From left, senior Kristen Hiser, 18, sophomores Eleanor Seo and Izzy Taylor, both 15, and senior Hannah Meade, 18, gather round the table during “How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse.” 

“You have to convince the audience that you’re in an apocalypse scenario,” he said. “I have to be authentic, because my peers are attuned to whether it’s accurate.” At the same time, Blugerman said, “you really have so much freedom to create your own character.”

Cobb said the show is not offensive, but probably not appropriate for very young children.

All seats are $10 and reserved. Tickets will be sold at the school April 27-29 from 10:30 a.m. to noon, or can be ordered by calling the box office, 248-888-6274. Tickets will also be available at the door. Harrison High School is located at 29995 W. 12 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills.

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