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Berkley High School: David & Lisa Spring Play
Berkley High School Auditorium
Berkley, MI
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Berkley High School: David & Lisa Spring Play
BHS Presents David & Lisa

The award winning motion picture has been adapted for the stage with the utmost fidelity. It retells the strange, appealing and utterly fascinating story of two mentally disturbed adolescents: David, the only son of wealthy parents who is tortured by his mania against being touched, and Lisa, the waif with a split personality. One of her selves will speak only in childish rhymes and insists on being spoken to in the same manner. The play follows their exhilarating progress and heartrending defeats during one term at Berkeley School for the Emotionally Disabled (yes, Berkley!), where they have come under the sympathetic guidance of psychiatrist Alan Swinford and his staff. Fellow students include Carlos, the street urchin; the over romantic Kate and stout Sandra, among others. Laughter, heart break and suspense distinguish this authentic and well told story.

John Hopkins, Berkley School District Drama Coordinator and David and Lisa Director said, "Our purpose for doing such an important play is to raise awareness about mental health issues and acceptance of those who suffer from these issues. Being a teen is hard enough, but being a teen struggling with mental health issues can be devastating. Through this play, we've tried to eliminate the use of terms that perpetuate the stigma attached to mental health issues such as "retard," "crazy," "screwed up." We've tried to really push the fact that emotional issues affect every one of us. We all know, love or ARE someone suffering from demons we can't take care of without help."



It is the drama club's sincere hope that by performing David and Lisa they encourage anyone who may be suffering to reach out for help and anyone who can help to step up and do more.



FEATURE CAST:

Senior, Aaron Cohen as David Clemens
Senior, Claire Hayostek as Lisa Brandt
Senior, Jake Vincent as Dr. Alan Swinford
Senior, Isabelle Wroblewski as Mrs. Clemens



Other students at the Berkley school are:

Carlos - Griffin Palmer, Freshman
Josette - Lilly Morrison, Senior
Simon - Will Shulak, Freshman
Sandra - Brianna Louser, Senior
Robert - Andrew McIntire, Sophomore
Kate - Maddie Sabbath, Sophomore



Other adult characters in the show are:

Lisa's therapist, John - Timothy Dalian, Senior
Math teacher and house parent, Ben - Justin Rogers, Junior
Mr. Clemens (David's Father) - Ryan Hurley, Freshman
Therapist, Maureen - Taylor Tucker, Senior
Mrs. Ferris, the housekeeper - Jordan McGhee, Freshman
Secretary - Even Schoras, Junior (and foreign exchange student)
English Teacher, Barbara - Schyler Fooy, Senior
Train Station Porter - Bryce Sinclair, Sophomore
Boys in Park - Jacob Chaiken, Sophomore and Carlton Williams, Freshman
Woman - Madison DeBene, Senior
Girl - Hailee Halprin, sophomore



There is also a corp of understudies working on the show covering a variety of roles. Those understudying roles are:

Andrew McIntire
Zachary Guerra
Jenna Apostol
Alex Morrison
Emily Bailey
Matthew Ervin
Hailee Halprin
Bryce Sinclair
Madison DeBene
Jake Carden
Zoe Mendelson
Noelle Wills
Jacob Sines

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Berkley High School Auditorium (View)
2325 Catalpa
Berkley, MI 48072
United States


Categories

Arts > Theatre

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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