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NHS to host 'Dead Serious ... About Life'

Monday, March 2, 2009

Northview High School will play host to an edgy play that tackles the "dead serious" issues of teen life.

"Dead Serious ... About Life," a musical performed by the Ohio-based Christian theater group Mishpachah, brings teen issues such as suicide, pregnancy, sex, cutting, drugs and alcohol to the forefront in a confrontational style.

The plot centers around a group of teens who have gathered at a friend's house after their parents have left town.

What ensues is a personalized look into the lives of each character and all the problems they are facing related to the before mentioned issues.

Mishpachah, whose name derives from a Hebrew word meaning "family" or "clan," have been performing "Dead Serious," all over the country since June 1989. Group members were responsible for writing the script.

This will not be the first time Mishpachah has performed in the area. Northview Guidance Counselor Susan Treash, who also serves as a co-sponsor of the Northview Bible Club, took members of her organization to see a performance in Clay City and was moved to the point she felt it necessary to bring the show to Brazil, saying "(a viewer) cannot watch this play and not be affected."

Several area churches are pitching in to the production as well, providing various volunteer services. Rev. Steve Brattain of the Otter Creek Christian Church in Brazil said he has seen the play and he feels it is important for teens of any faith to see due to the universal issues it tackles.

"It's very real," Brattain said. "It's an eye-opening experience for anyone of any age."

Brattain did add, however, it may not be appropriate viewing material for children younger than the middle-school age bracket.

Treash said she hopes members of her bible group will succeed in wrangling up peers of a non-Christian faith to attend and hopefully be absorbed by the message of the play.

"My desire is that churches will go out to un-churched youth and bring them to the show," Treash said. "It's about turning around kids making destructive decisions and I believe the way to do that is through Christ."

Treash also said organizers were able to side step any controversy surrounding bringing a religious themed played to a high school. According to Treash, as long as the production takes place after school, then they are not impeding on anyone, regardless of their theological beliefs.

"(The play) is for everyone," Treash said. "We know kids are exposed to these things and that they are aware of them and we hope this play has a positive impact on them."

"Dead Serious ... About Life," is set to be performed Saturday, March 14, at 6 p.m., and Sunday, March 15, at 2 p.m., in the Northview High School auditorium. Tickets are $8 in advance at $9 at the door. Pre-sale tickets will not be available after Thursday, March 12.

For further ticket information, call 1-800-459-7268 or visit www.mishinc.com.

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