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Hayden school play cast overcomes adversity through comedy

Nicole Inglis

— Right before the curtain opened was when the nerves kicked in.

Eighth-grader Trenton Kelley squeezed a stress ball in the backstage darkness of Hayden High School’s auditorium, while Dylan Reedy, a freshman, led some of his castmates in an energizing jumping-up-and-down type of exercise.

As the cast of 10 students took deep breaths to prepare for their first performance, one of two seniors in the annual play, Ashley Otto, pumped her first and said, "Our motto for this play is, 'keep going.'"

It's a motto they've had to live by the past few months as the small but tight-knit group has been cast and recast due to forces beyond their control.

Due to a sick cast member, senior Ryan Fralyck was given her part in the comedic play "The Boardinghouse" at 9:30 a.m. Friday — just four hours before their performance for an audience of Hayden students.

Two weeks ago, freshman Zoe Flannery learned an entirely new role for the play.

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But their hard work has paid off, she said.

"I think it shows," she said. "A lot of us have stepped up.”

"We have a really fun cast to work with and a great director," Flannery said.

"The Boardinghouse," a farcical comedy, opens at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Hayden High School auditorium. A matinee will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. A can of nonperishable food earns $1 off the ticket price.

"The Boardinghouse" is the tale of a quirky, creepy and crazy hostel in a place where gold prospectors often swing through.

Among the hodgepodge of oddities, there's an artist who likes to paint directly on people's faces and an overly dramatic writer who commonly fakes his own death, but even the sane cast members turn out to have their quirks in the end.

Dylan Reedy, a freshman who has been acting in Hayden school productions since sixth grade, plays a gold prospector who appears dapper and mostly sane — at first.

The play is mainly goofy laughs, but Reedy said there's a lesson in there somewhere. "Don't be a gold-digger," he said.

Reedy said through all the challenges, it's the reaction of the audience that's the motivating factor.

"It's really fun to entertain people," he said. "And to hear the audience's reaction to your jokes."

Raelynn Otto, a parent of one of the student-actors, has been making costumes for the production for six years and took on the directing role for the first time this year. She the cast, which features students ages 11 to 18, has worked together impressively.

"It really helps their self-esteem, their creativity; it gives them something as a team to do together," Otto said.

To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@ExploreSteamboat.com

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