Local high-school student puts on a play to raise funds for NAMI-AOP
Local high-school student Sara Orr wrote a play based on the novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde, then gathered a group of friends to perform it as a fund-raiser for the local NAMI-AOP affiliate. Steve Creager, the Board President for NAMI AOP, spoke with Sara recently and learned more about what she had done. Sara is passionate about Drama, and also about mental illness, noting that she wants to help erase the stigma that is so often associated with mental illness in our society. She had the idea to recast the Oscar Wilde story into the 1920’s, then to put it as a fund raiser to support NAMI’s work on mental health. She originally planned a performance at the Clemson Little Theatre but COVID intervened and she ended up presenting virtually in June 2020, with parts originally recorded on ZOOM then edited into a Facebook Live performance. She raised $800 for NAMI AOP from donations by viewers of her adapted play. We are so very thankful for Sara’s efforts and for her passion for mental health!