H ° L °
Cloudy | 0MPH

Young Wauwatosa Actress is Female Lead in Acacia Theatre's "Searching for David's Heart"

Feb. 19, 2014

Photo: From left to right: Danette Buikema, David Lopez, Claire Zempel, Jason Will, and Paul Budnowski.
Claire Zempel, a Wauwatosa actress, plays the leading female role of Darcy in “Searching for David’s Heart,” written by Cherie Bennett and directed by Rob Goodman, founder and retiring artistic director of First Stage. Performances will be from February 28 – March 9, 2014.

A refreshingly comic drama centers on Darcy, a 12-year-old girl who feels responsible for her older brother David’s accidental death
To redeem herself, and reconcile with her brother, Darcy launches a cross-country search for the recipient of David’s heart. Just who and what she finds will touch your heart. This play is the Winner of the Kennedy Center's New Visions/New Voices award.

All performances will be given in Concordia University Wisconsin’s Todd Wehr Auditorium, 12800 North Lake Shore Drive in Mequon, Wis.

In preparing for her role as Darcy, Claire says, “Darcy's perspective on losing her brother is unique, so I worked as hard as I could in rehearsals to understand Darcy and how she relates to the other characters.”

Zempel says, “There is a great sadness in accepting her brother David’s death, but in the end Darcy knows she is forgiven. Although there are a few other themes such as dealing with grief and facing fears, I think the biggest theme is forgiveness.”

Another one of the play’s dominant themes is discovering truth, and Houdini, the magician, reveals a way of finding it. Houdini is a primary character who is naturally and professionally a trickster, but he uses his skills to reveal how to find truth.

“I think Darcy is interesting because she is dealing with so many different emotions all of the time. Houdini relates to Darcy in a way that no one else can, because he is facing a loss too. As you watch the play you realize that Houdini is more than just a magician,” says Zempel.

Another major character is Sam. "Darcy's best friend, Sam, is a true friend and he really understands people. Everyone should have a friend like Sam," says Claire.

She adds, “People should come to see ‘Searching for David's Heart’ because it will surprise them. Though the story deals with tragedy and loss and forgiveness, it's also funny and magical.”

Performance Schedule and Ticket Information

Performances will be Friday, February 28, 8pm; Saturday, March 1, 8pm; Sunday, March 2, 3pm; Thursday, March 6, 8pm; Friday, March 7, 8pm; Saturday, March 8, 4pm and 8pm; and Sunday, March 9, 3pm. Single tickets for the three regular season shows will cost $16, or $13 for senior citizens, full-time students and full-time clergy. More information is available by calling (414) 744-5995 or visiting

About Acacia Theatre Company
Founded in 1980, Acacia Theatre Company is an independent, non-profit, interdenominational group of dramatic artists who share a common desire to integrate art and faith by presenting theatre from a Judeo-Christian worldview. Through uplifting, quality entertainment, Acacia provides occasion for thanksgiving, growth and enjoyment, and the opportunity for Christians and non-Christians to consider their lives in relation to God. More information is available at
# # #

This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Suburban News Roundup

E-mail Newsletter

Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.

Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter
Get the Newsletter!

Login or Register to manage all your newsletter preferences.

Community Watch

» Public invited to Wauwatosa Village streetscape workshop 10/6

» Large crowd in Wauwatosa gymnasium discusses coyote attacks, seeks answers 10/6

» Bedbugs found in Wauwatosa juvenile court center Updated:  10/6

» Nordstrom Mayfair announces gala, late-night party fundraising events 10/6

» Aurora plans $35 million upgrade to psychiatric hospital in Tosa Updated:  10/2

» Updated week seven rankings of area prep football teams and players Updated:  10/2

» Mayfair mall, Susan G. Komen host series of breast cancer events 10/2

» Wauwatosa schools celebrate Walk to School Day on Oct. 7 10/2

» Initial Reaction Podcast: Is Aaron Rodgers really the best QB in football? 10/1

» Wauwatosa West football whips Pius XI in wild scoring affair 9/29

» Tosa West boys split two matches 9/29

» East kickers tie, lose, win during busy week 9/29

» Tosa East girls take third at Bay Invitational 9/29

» East's Potter finishes second at Nikolai Invite 9/29

» Wauwatosa Sports Shorts Oct. 1 9/29

» Tosa fourth in GMC golf standings 9/29

» 3 things you can do to protect your family, pets from coyote attacks Updated:  9/29

» City of Wauwatosa discussing 2016 executive budget 9/28

» Tosa fire dept. offers CPR class Oct. 17 9/28

» Wauwatosa public invited to chat with education author 9/28

» Nine local office positions in Tosa will be on spring election ballot 9/25

» Comiskey's hat trick leads Bay soccer team past Tosa East, 5-1 9/24

» Public meeting to discuss Wauwatosa coyote problem scheduled Oct. 6 Updated:  9/24

» Tosa Farmers Market to host biking event Sept. 26 9/23

» Echelon Apartments ready to open at Innovation Campus in Wauwatosa 9/23

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss



Hidden Tosa


"Hidden Tosa" is a semi-regular feature where reporters Rory Linnane or Rachel Minske explore the closed down and closed off parts of Wauwatosa.


Local Business Directory