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L-DHS shows ‘10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse’

January 16, 2019

LEAD — A handy and hilarious guide to holding one’s own against the undead takes to the Lead-Deadwood High School auditorium stage at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The theater department presents their one-act play for the season, “10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse.”

Director of Theater Eli Corbett said this year, for all Class A schools, the theme is comedy.

“So, I thought it would be perfect to do a spoof on the zombie apocalypse,” he said. “The amazing thing about this show is the energy that it produces throughout. It hits the ground running and doesn’t stop until the final blackout. I love this play for the competition because it fits this year’s theme nicely and provides every tool needed for our students to succeed and even possibly take it to the state competition up in Aberdeen. Lead-Deadwood hasn’t been to state in nearly 10 years, so that’s a drought I would definitely like to end this year.”

A plot synopsis describes the setting: “It’s the end of the world and hordes of rampaging zombies are about to kill you. What do you do? Try your hand at kung fu against the undead? Attempt to reason with creatures that would rather eat brains than use them? Turn to this handy and hilarious guide to survive the apocalypse! (Hint: sacrifice the weak is step number one.)”

Corbett said what he’d like the audience to take away from the play is the fact that Lead-Deadwood High School has some of the best, highly dedicated, and hard-working young actors in the region.

“I’ve been very fortunate to work with such a talented and dedicated group,” he said. “It makes my job as a director so much easier when my actors show up every day ready to work. High energy shows like this aren’t easy and I think these kids are handling it all like true professionals. The audience is in for a real treat.”

The cast and crew list includes: Quinn Ward, narrator 1; Brianna Pfeiffer-Muñoz, narrator 2; Daniel Egemo, Sam; Casey Briscoe, Christy; Hunter Gudith, Jimmy; Kialey Rose, Susan; Sam Hamann, zombie; Sage Clemons, zombie; Jared Harrison, Jeremiah Fredericksen, stage crew.

Ward said one of the best aspects of the show is the humor.

“It’s really funny in the way that it’s written,” Ward said.

“I like how we can go crazy with it,” added Hamann.

“It’s like nothing we’ve ever done before,” said Clemons.

And the most difficult part of pulling the show together?

“The timing,” said Pfeiffer-Munoz. “It moves fast, and you’ve got to be paying attention with all these zombies coming in and out.”

“I’d say the energy,” said Egemo. “You’ve really got to keep on it.”

“But it’s extremely entertaining,” said Gudith. “Lots of laughs.”

And the number one reason to attend as an audience member?

“You’ll be on the edge of your seat the whole time,” Briscoe said.

While working with the students has been greatly rewarding, staging the show does come with its own set of trials for management.

“The most challenging part of the one-act competition for me has been the set design,” Corbett said. “Picking the show, putting it all together is the easy part. Things get tricky when you want to create a legitimate environment onstage that also must be easily set up and torn down at competition, as well as be able to transport to the contest location easily.”

Nevertheless, Corbett said this show, in all its comedic glory, is a must-see.

“What’s not to look forward to when it’s a comedy about the zombie apocalypse? This thing is chalked full of humor,” Corbett said. “From helpless survivors being dragged off-stage by blood-thirsty zombies, to an intense ‘Mortal Combat’- style Kung-Fu fight scene, this show has everything you could ever want out of a night of theater. You won’t want to miss this one.”

Following this week’s performances, the Diggers travel to the Region 6A contest in Hill City Jan. 23.

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