Passion, work ethic, determination. These qualities embody sophomore Julianne Lucas‘ love of acting. Her character Billie Dwyer, showcases these same qualities.
“I always really work on putting in time and effort to the things I care about like theater and schoolwork,” said Lucas. Going for this role was something out of ordinary for Lucas. She usually plays villains, but this time around, she wanted to show the entirety of her capabilities.
“[She’s] not afraid to really go for it on stage,” said director Amy Bentley.
There are many challenging elements for Lucas in this production including being tied up, confusing doors, and of course, line memorization. Lucas’ best strategy in memorizing her lines is to relate movements to lines during rehearsals. Writing down problem areas in a notebook is a process similar to note taking at school. Listening to and writing the lines helps with memorization and eventually, it becomes muscle memory.
A sense of pride fills Lucas upon the end of a show. She’s acted since second grade and it has become very rewarding to finish a production after months of hard work.
Senior Dennis Carambot was thrown into an acting role as a freshman, after being a member of the backstage crew. He started out behind the scenes, in middle school productions. He was cast in the ensemble by technology education teacher and inspiration Grant Place, who figured Carambot would enjoy acting.
Carambot plays police officer Eric Sheridan. His approach when it comes to getting into character is to relate the character to himself and his experiences. The commonalities between Carambot and Officer Sheridan include occasional awkwardness and sarcastic stupidity at times.
“He brings a subtle realism to the character,” said director Amy Bentley.
With a play full of kissing scenes, forgetting the awkwardness of sexuality is one of hardest parts of this production.
“When you say your first line, that’s when I get that relief that okay I got this, I’ve done this a million times,” said Carambot of pre-show jitters. After he begins, the weight is lifted and the fun begins.
Nerves and stress are high during the performance weekend but in the end, but there’s nothing better than hearing the crowd cheer and applaud for a show that so much time and effort has gone into perfecting.