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**Unfortunately due to the outbreak of Covid-19, Sara Orr's production of "The Picture of Dorian Gray" was cancelled. However you can catch the cast on the Curtains Up Coalition Facebook page Livestream on June 17th. Follow @thedoriangraymusical on Instagram for more information. Visit www.nami.org to make donations to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.**

A love of theater and a passion for mental health awareness are what prompted Sara Orr to put on a show and donate the proceeds to charity. The Anderson 5 Charter School sophomore has been working with the Clemson Little Theater to put on a performance of “The Picture of Dorian Gray” and donate all proceeds to NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

After spending a few years performing at the Clemson Little Theater, Sara read the Oscar Wilde novel and was inspired to bring it to the stage. Together with several theater friends, Sara turned the gothic story into a 1920s Chicago jazz musical. It will be a one-time performance on June 19. 

As for giving proceeds to NAMI, Sara said it a school project that made mental health awareness a priority for her. 

“There is a taboo surrounding mental illness that needs to be overcome, and I want to do what I can to help spread awareness,” she said.

Stephen Creager, President of NAMI Anderson-Oconee-Pickens, said he appreciates the students who are willing to donate to their cause. He said their efforts will have a great impact on the community.

“NAMI members work to reduce stigma and provide support for persons in our Anderson, Oconee, Pickens community with mental illness and it is so very special to see [these kids] offering their support for that mission,” he said.

Many area high school students are working hard to bring Sara’s version of the novel to life. They will be practicing, building sets and designing costumes for weeks to come.

Sara isn’t sure what’s next for her after this, but she knows she wants to continue with theater. She hopes to go into theater marketing or developing, but she also hopes to write and direct one day.

Follow the production’s progress on Instagram @thedoriangraymusical. For more information about NAMI or to make a donation, visit www.nami.org

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