Theater Students Surmount Challenges

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The Payson High School (PHS) seniors in the Longhorn Theatre Company performed their last production of their high school careers May 8, 9 and 10.

“They did everything,” said Kathy Siler, director of the program. “They had numerous real-world challenges to overcome.”

Siler said the seniors directing the three one-act plays had last-minute cast changes and technical difficulties to contend with, but they overcame all the challenges and put on a great show.

In “A Backwards Fairy Tale,” the narrator of a fairy tale (played by Larissa Popke) controlled what the characters of the story did, just by reading aloud.

Princess (played by Cody Rislund), resented being controlled by the narrator, but eventually learned to appreciate the narrator’s role.

“Carrie’s Lions” has a darker edge, featuring a girl named Carrie (played by Hailey Hamblin, Kiki York and Emily Blakley) recounting her struggles growing up after a tragic accident at the zoo. Her friend, Michael (played by Brad Guyton and Trey Butler), helped her along the way, but with a twist — he was a ghost only seen by Carrie.

“Sisters” returned humor to the set. The one-act play was set on a cruise ship and featured two sisters, Martha (played by Elle LeBlanc) and Gwendolyn (played by Rae Thompson) Bloomgarden, taking a cruise with a possible murderer on board. The other passengers, played by Daniel Walling, Steven Martinez, Lyndsay Popke and Alison Cambier tried to enjoy their vacation, while the two sisters worked out their fears.

The one-acts were performed in the Black Box Theatre that made the production more intimate.

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