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The show must go on! DHS to stream theater production, Game of Tiaras

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Senior, Ayden Waldron will be playing Ice Queen (Ellie) an antagonist in DHS theater production of Game of Tiaras . (Josiah C. Cuellar/The Dickinson Press)

Dickinson High School theater’s newest feature can best be summarized as a cross of Disney princesses with HBO’s award winning thriller Game of Thrones. As comical as it is chaotic, the program will feature first year actors alongside seasoned thespians as all seek to bring their talents to a diverse and zany characters.

Every year, Dickinson High School produces theatrical stories that allow students to gain experience in acting while providing a good laugh for audiences. This fall will be slightly different as limited seating for live audiences comes on the heels of the state moving Stark County up the state’s coronavirus alert system to “Orange” or high risk. Despite the limited seating availability, all are welcomed to enjoy the show through the newly acquired capability of streaming the production.

“There is a service called Broadway On Demand that we will be using to stream, it's basically Netflix for live theater.” Joshua Kralicek, DHS theater instructor said. “We’ll have instructions on how people can stream it on the Dickinson High School website when it gets closer to opening night.”

Kralicek told The Press that the show is partially open to the public. Each actor will only be able to invite two guests. For actors like, Cassidy Hughes, senior, this will be difficult with her large family.

“It sucks that COVID has to end it this way, this being my final year,” she said. “I have a lot of family members and even have my grandparent coming up to watch it and they may not be able to see it live.”

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Other students see opportunities that this can bring to the theater productions at DHS.

“The virtual concert is important especially for freshman because my first freshman performance was A Midsummer Night’s Dream and every single line I had I absolutely adored and to have that experience recorded so you can watch it to take notes and improve yourself or just for the nostalgia factor,” Aiden Healy, junior, said. “In a way it's like a gift, it's something I wanted for a long time and I hope it's something we can do in the future as well.”

Either way you look at it, one thing that the students have agreed on is that they are happy to be back on stage.

“The kids are glad to be back, I had two of them in tears at our first rehearsal,” Kralicek said. “It was devastating to lose out on our spring and summer time activities.”

For junior, Dante Domine who is playing Prince Charming, was also very thankful for the support that has come from the community.

“The community here is overwhelmingly supportive” he said. “This is my first ever big role, and the amount of development I have endured with it has really improved my acting and (Prince Charming) is such a contrasting character to who I am especially so it's a little challenging at times but it's fun.”

Truman Hamburger, a junior that is playing the role of the King, is very much happy with his role and describes the production as “fun and whimsical while splashing a lot of fake blood on it.”

“I am playing the King, who is having a midlife crisis and therefore I start the chaos in the play,” Hamburger said. “This is the perfect role, I am flamboyant and a fun character but also a jerk.”

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The play opening night will begin November 20 and will have shows on Nov. 21 and 22 as well.

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Josiah C. Cuellar was born in San Angelo, Texas, a small rural community in the western part of the state known for its farming, ranching and beautiful Concho River. A Texas A&M San Antonio graduate specializing in multi-media reporting, Cuellar is an award winning photographer and reporter whose work focuses on community news and sports.
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