Lindsay Kline, the 16-year-old sophmore playing the part of Death is excited to not only show off her fashionable knee-high shoes, but her acting abilities as well.
“This really gives me a chance to live my alter ego,” Kline said. “I just love this business.”
Kline, along with her peers, will be putting on a set of three, one-act plays for the department’s spring production. “Play-A-Palooza,” a name chosen by the students of the advanced acting class to capture the diversity of the three plays, will open this Friday at 7 p.m. in the Reed High Theater.
Larry Ollivier, the advanced drama teacher and the play’s director, is looking forward to showcasing his students’ acting abilities, having prepared and rehearsed this play for the past two months.
“I just want people to see what great student actors we have,” Ollivier said. “We have been rebuilding the drama program this past year and I don’t think people really know what we have going on here.”
The three plays include “The Ugly Duckling” written by A.A. Milne, “The Bear” by Anton Chekhov and “Waiting for Death” by Michael Maiello. While the three plays are not related, Ollivier promises a comedic spin in each.
“The strongest point of (Play-A-Palooza) is that these kids are funny,” Ollivier said. “They really are actors at work.”
Also an English teacher, Ollivier has been in the drama department at Reed for two years. While he thinks the biggest challenge is fitting in rehearsal during class time, Ollivier said he feels confident that his group of advanced acting students will put on a great performance.
“A lot of these kids are involved with so many other things like work and sports,” Ollivier said. “But we fit the time in.”
Leading parts include Irene Doughty, a 15-year-old sophmore, as Papova in “The Bear,” and Kathleen Fossum, a 16-year-old junior, as Princess Camilla in “The Ugly Duckling.”
Much of the play is student-produced, Ollivier said, with students designing their own costumes to best fit how they want their character represented as well as a student director, senior Heather Galick, who assists Ollivier.
Improvisation is also encouraged, Ollivier said. During rehearsal, Ollivier coaches his student actors to think quickly on their feet if lines are forgotten. This, Ollivier said, will add to the quick wit and humor of the play.
As for the advanced acting class, the students are looking forward to seeing reactions to their months of work.
“I just can’t wait for different people in the community to see what we’ve done,” Kline said. “It will be very rewarding to see everything we’ve planned and put into this pay off.”
Opening night is this Friday. Tickets cost $5 for adults, $3 for children and seniors and $1 for Reed students with school ID. Additional showings will be on May 12 and 13, also beginning at 7 p.m.