Basalt High School presents “I am a Star”
Basalt High School delivers dinner and a show with its production of “I am a Star” this weekend.
The sophomore class will serve up a lasagna meal at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at BHS, followed by the show at 7. Tickets are $15 for the whole event or $10 for the performance alone.
Written by Bill St. John, “I am a Star” tells the story of an actress who sets out to prove she can be a normal high schooler.
The students themselves selected the piece from a set of seven plays, and have been rehearsing since October.
“It’s about being a regular young person growing up in a rural setting and finding out about yourself,” said English teacher and director Tim McNulty. “When we pick a play, we want the actors to have a good time, and we want the audience to have a good time.”
That’s part of why dinner has been an element for most of McNulty’s 14 years masterminding the fall performance.
“We want the families here,” he said. “What better way to do it than have a dinner?”
It’s a particularly diverse cast this year, with all levels of experience, a variety of ages, and even a couple of students from other schools.
BHS senior Ami Alvarado is taking her first crack at acting with her portrayal of Kathryn.
“It was my last year, so I wanted to try something new,” she said. “I wasn’t expecting to get a lead.”
“It’s been stressful memorizing lines and stuff, but I’m liking it,” she said. “We’re all very committed, that’s why we’re trying to make it work.”
Rodrigo Perez, a junior, has some interest in dance and some experience in the spring musical. His role as a teacher has some new challenges.
“It’s kinda hard,” he said. “There are some funny scenes, and I have to keep a serious face.”
Of course, there are also students you probably won’t see at curtain call who are instrumental to the process. Among the backstage crew, Esly Reyes specializes in wardrobe.
“It’s really using everything we have to have to accentuate the character,” she explained. “It’s actually pretty challenging, but there’s a really big reward.”
Helping McNulty bring it all together is Zac Hill, a CMC theater student and former Longhorn.
“This is where my passion started,” he said. “It’s such a gift to come back.”
“We are a tiny little school, but the talent is magnificent,” he added. “I encourage everyone to come see what Basalt High School has to offer.”
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