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Drama students become zombified

Students rehearse for their roles as zombies. Photo by Jay Arnold

Theater kids, other students, and adults have the chance to star in a short zombie film. Drama teacher Sara Noah and her other friends are getting together to help encourage students to get out of their comfort zone. 

Everyone there is hoping that they can teach kids and adults to learn from this experience, that you don’t have to feel normal but still feel confident. Sept. 18 was the “zombie boot camp”, where everyone had the chance to learn how to act like a zombie and have their clothes zombified.  Sept. 25 and 26 was the fun part where everyone got into makeup and acted like the dead.

Junior Jay Wilson expressed that she feels this could have a lifelong impact on her.

“Ever since I was a kid I’ve always wanted to do acting so doing this seems like it would be cool for me”.

It took place at Pioneer Park in Nevada City. Giving enough room to move around for learning to be a zombie. The filming was taken inside Nevada Theater for a long 12 hours. Filming went from 9 am to 9 pm. 

Wilson said she hopes to learn how to be able to work with other people she doesn’t know very well. Wilson said that she felt excited about doing this. 

“I’m so excited, especially since they aren’t putting it together like ‘normal’. It’s gonna be that there’s a virus that we’re fighting in our head. I’m also excited about being behind the camera and being able to say I was in that, I did that. I’m not a failure”.

This is pretty new for a lot of people, especially kids saying that we’ve all been in quarantine for the past year. A lot of the people there are nice and funny and try to make everyone feel like this is a normal thing.

Sara Noah explained that she hopes the student learned to work well with others.

“I think working with people and a broad range of ages, you have people who are young and you have people with lots of filming experience”.

Two friends of Noah’s, Heidi and Cosmo,  hosted the filming and encouraged people to be in the film.

“They asked me if I had students that were interested in doing it, so my friend that was filming and hosting reached out. I’m really excited. I like the fact you can work outside of the class,” Noah said.

On Sept. 25, students at Bear River and others from around town gathered at Nevada Theater to get zombified and film the movie, it didn’t take long for everyone on set to get comfortable being crazy and weird around each other and have lots of fun. 

Wilson expressed that she didn’t necessarily like being in the makeup but overall enjoyed the experience

“I didn’t like the blood, it felt icky and the clothes were weird and dry. I did really like the people though, they were all nice at making everything fun especially since someone I knew was there I probably wouldn’t enjoy it as much as I did without someone I knew.”

The experience for everyone was pretty good, it was harder for some of the younger kids there but overall everyone had fun making sure the energy would stay high and helped each other in different scenes making the whole day fun.


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