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Arts & Tech students stage ‘Blitz Theatre Show’ May 10
TULALIP — With the number of Arts & Technology High School seniors who are graduating out of the drama club at the end of this school year, Arts & Tech theater faculty advisor Aleesha Paddleford wanted to give them one last hurrah, while also enticing underclassmen to give acting a shot.
To that end, Arts & Tech’s two-night “Blitz Theatre Show” continues on Saturday, May 10, with “The Last Days of Sherlock Holmes” and “The Neglected Husbands Sewing Club,” two one-hour, one-act plays running from 7-9 p.m.
Paddleford explained that students and faculty started prepping for the plays in mid-February, and proudly touted how the brisk pace of production has put all the segments of the cast and crew through their paces, from script analysis and character breakdowns to set designs and even finding props.
“There’s a reason this is called Hell Week,” Paddleford said on Wednesday, May 7, as makeup artists tested out their techniques on the actors. “We have about 50 kids total, split up among four different plays over two consecutive nights. Some of them get stage fright, if it’s their first time, but they’re such amazing kids that they never fail to step up on show night and wow us all.”
Arts & Tech senior Jared Ramey had never performed in a school play before this year, but he enjoyed his first time on stage so much that he decided to do it again.
“I enjoy taking on a new persona,” Ramey said. “For a small school, I think we did a pretty good job with these plays.”
“These plays are really funny, and we’ve worked really hard on them,” said Arts & Tech junior and cast-mate Mystik Kays, who had previously acted as a freshman. “I’d like for more people to see what we’ve done.”
Admission is $5. For more information, log onto the Facebook event page for the Blitz Theatre Show at https://m.facebook.com/events/1477830132435098.