Part of the proceeds will go to local Alzheimer’s Association chapter

ATASCADERO — Opening on May 6, the Atascadero High School Theater Arts Department will perform “No Room for a Picture on the Blank Wall,” which shares the emotional story of a man’s progressing dementia.

Shows will take place at Atascadero High School Theater, located at 1 High School Hill Rd in Atascadero, on May 6, 7, 13, and 14 at 7 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee showing on May 7 and 14. Ticket prices are $10 for all and can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com or at the door.

“No Room for a Picture on the Blank Wall,” written by David R. Remschel and directed by Shawna Volpa, highlights Peter Bunther, a middle-aged man who is a successful photographer and is supported by his loving wife, Rosemary. However, things quickly change when Peter can no longer see one of his oldest photographs. Rosemary’s attempts to help her husband are interrupted by the intervention of the Memory Removal Company (MRC), which is a representation of Peter’s dementia progressing. The MRC begins to take away Peter’s life until everything is gone. In the end, Peter has to fight for the memories to not fall apart.

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“Both the students and I were unanimous in our decision to produce this play, not only to bring about the much-needed awareness for a disease that affects so many but to share this beautifully written and heartwarming play,” said Shawna Volpa, AHS theater instructor, and director. “The cast and crew have been working hard; it is truly well-done and captivating!”

Atascadero High School is proud to support the Alzheimer’s Association, California Central Coast Chapter by donating 10% of proceeds from the production, as well as all money raised through their fundraiser through The Longest Day. To donate to their fundraiser, visit alz.org/tld and search “AHS Theater.”

“Alzheimer’s and all other dementia impacts over 6 million Americans, as well as their family members and friends,” said Stephanie Foster, development director at the Alzheimer’s Association California Central Coast Chapter. “It is inspiring to see younger generations start the conversation about it and help to bring awareness and funds for both care and a cure.”