Comedies test creativity of Yampah Mountain Players
For one drama student, playing Rapunzel includes an obnoxiously curly blond wig and a looming fear of tripping over the mock locks on stage.”I don’t have any hair,” Hayley Conklin, a senior at Yampah Valley High School, said as she brushed her hand across her short, brown shaved ‘do. “This is 20 pounds of fake hair I have to wear.”Conklin and her fellow Yampah Mountain Players will present “One Act Comedies” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, and Friday, Jan. 28, at the Blue Acacia in Glenwood Springs. She stars in “Hairum Scarum,” a short play set in the Fantastic Frills hair salon featuring all-female fairy tale characters receiving makeovers.Additional performances include “Canned Hamlet,” a one-act, dark comedy version of Shakespeare’s play, and “The Least Offensive Play in the Whole Darn World.” According to drama teacher Kate McRaith, the latter comedy has a shopping-channel setting where characters appear in an extended infomercial to sell a product that removes the most offensive parts of literary plays.”All the plays are high-energy,” said McRaith, who is in her eighth year of helping Yampah thespians present winter performances. “This is such a healthy outlet for students. They get so much out of it – great self-esteem, confidence, organization and the whole teamwork thing.”Junior Jordan Hawes – who plays Horatio in “Canned Hamlet” and Mercutio in “Least … ” – said participating in the “One Act Comedies” is a chance to improve his craft while having an enjoyable time with friends.”I haven’t seen acting as much of a challenge. I do it because it’s so much fun,” he said. “This is a really good school and everyone gets to be such good friends. It’s nice getting into the rhythm of acting with other people.”Conklin agreed that the performance is practical experience for working as a whole.”This wouldn’t have come together like it has if we weren’t such good friends,” she said. “We can act as a team and it’s such a fun time. I love my school.”Hawes said he enjoys being part of the Yampah Mountain Players for a variety of reasons.”I usually like being in the spotlight and performing. Drama is definitely one of those options,” he said. “Every time I step on the stage I kind of feel more confident in public, and more mature.”Try taking the stage wearing a 20-pound blond wig.Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518, firstname.lastname@example.org
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