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Connellsville Area High School seniors jumping on zombie craze

| Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
MARILYN FORBES I FOR THE TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Rehearsing for the Connellsville Area High School senior class production of “Attack of the Zombies!” are Ben Auer (from left, front) and Sarah Hamman. In back are Lauren Urie (from left), Tim Hensel and Jeremy Lowery.

It's doesn't have to be Halloween to have some fun with zombies, and soon the Connellsville Area High School senior class will be bringing the undead to life as it presents “Attack of the Zombies!” a comedy directed by teacher David Hartz.

“I mainly wanted to capitalize on the zombie craze,” Hartz said of his reasoning behind the selection of the play, which focuses on a party with some interesting guests and mistaken identities. “That was the first thing I thought of when I saw the script.”

Hartz has been directing the senior class play for the past 10 years and says that he prefers to present a comedy for his fall play.

“I stick to comedies,” Hartz said. “Every show that I have done has been a comedy. The kids like them, and so do I.”

The play will give Hartz's theater makeup class some great experience, as students will have the chance to put together some elaborate “zombies” for the show.

Hartz said comedy is tough for a student to master.

“It's really tough to get people to laugh,” Hartz said. “The timing is everything, but we have a lot of kids who can pull it off. They have what it takes.”

Blakeley Herrilko will play the part of Anne, a non-zombie who tries her best to put an end to the excitement.

“She is your typical dumb blonde,” Herrilko said of her character, adding that she has enjoyed her six years performing in shows. “I really have a lot of fun on stage. It's like having the opportunity to play someone else's life.”

Herrilko said she loves to play comedic roles.

“I love hearing the audience react. I love to hear them laugh,” Herrilko said. “That is what I feed off.”

Jacob Woods will play Gary, a “laid-back kind of guy,” and agreed that he, too, loves to perform in a good comedy.

“I just really like to see people's faces, see their reactions,” Woods said.

The show has a running time of about two hours with a short intermission. Hartz said it is a show that will entertain audiences of all ages.

“Little kids like scary stories and scary things, but then so do adults,” Hartz said. “I think that the show will appeal to anyone out there who likes zombies and who likes a good laugh.”

The show will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the Connellsville Area High School auditorium.

Tickets for the show will cost $5.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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