Young actors hone talents at Pier One

• Students show off skills earned at camp
By Randi Somers
Homer Tribune

HOMER TRIBUNE/Randi Somers - Cave dwellers (from left) Emily Baylink, Joshua Wisner, Nolan Bunting (standing) and Jake Marquardt.

HOMER TRIBUNE/Randi Somers - Cave dwellers (from left) Emily Baylink, Joshua Wisner, Nolan Bunting (standing) and Jake Marquardt.

Capping three weeks of training with the Youth Theatre Skills Conservatory, nine thespians, ages 10-12, will showcase their talents in three Pier One performances Friday and Saturday.
“This theatre skills camp is a sampler course,” Co-director Clara Noomah said. “Most of the kids have some experience and this gives them a taste of a variety of things.”
Noomah said the scenes – taken mostly from several different plays, are light-hearted, “Vaudeville, musical, fun.”
Kate Spence, another young Homer talent, choreographed three dance sequences.
In a scene from “The Princess Bride,” Lindsey Schneider and Emily Baylink engage in a duel of wits pitting kidnapper Vizzini against the good guy, the Man in Black. It’s the classic “which goblet of wine is poisoned?” question with death the payoff for the loser.
In “The Harry and Sam Dialogues,” Joshua Wisner and Landon Bunting play friends who pass the time by asking each other philosophical questions which get lost in inane quests for more details. The riddle,“If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” devolves into questions about the lumberjack’s lunch pail.
Schneider and Nolan Bunting act a scene from “One Tennis Shoe” by Shel Silverstein. It discusses the lady’s habit of stashing unlikely items, like a bowl of cooked oatmeal, in her purse. He tells her she is becoming a “bag lady,” and the discussion develops into an analysis of the eclectic contents of her bag.
In “The Reluctant Dragon,” Breia Greggory plays the dragon, while Drewey Wimmerstedt is Sir George and Jake Marquardt is John. They try to decide whether or not the dragon and Sir George should fight, since it is the conventional thing to do.
Nineteen-year-old Leeza Maestre and Clara Noomah direct the performances, which include a new piece created by the scriptwriting trainees. Although the two have been active with Pier One Theatre for some time, this is their first time for being totally in charge as a team.
Noomah interned as a director 11 years ago, and at age 15, directed “Keeper of Dreams” and co-directed “Ugly Duckling.” She is home for the summer after completing her first year at Williams College in the Massachusetts Berkshires where she is working on a double major of environmental sciences and women and gender.
Maestre has been active in the theatre since moving here in 2008. Before that, she performed in high school plays in Colorado. She too has completed her first year of college, at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, where she is majoring in nursing.
In addition to the four “playlets,” the troupe will stage the caveman play they wrote during the workshop.

What: Youth Theatre Showcase
When: June 25, 7 p.m. June 26, 3 and 7 p.m.
Where: Pier One Theatre on the Spit
Tickets: General admission $9, senior/student $8, Raven’s Club $7, cast family $6. Advance tickets available at Etude Studio and the Bookstore, or by phoning 235-7333 for reservations.
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