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Student actors mix things up with ‘Game of Tiaras’

Tammy Malgesini

East Oregonian

Published on October 31, 2017 8:47PM

Baylee Hunsaker, Tristan Stephenson and Ava Tixier rehearse a scene from “Game of Tiaras” Monday at Hermiston High School. The play opens Friday in the school’s fine arts auditorium.

Staff photo by Tammy Malgesini

Baylee Hunsaker, Tristan Stephenson and Ava Tixier rehearse a scene from “Game of Tiaras” Monday at Hermiston High School. The play opens Friday in the school’s fine arts auditorium.

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Ava Tixier, Sam Surber, Baylee Hunsaker and Tristan Stephenson rehearse a dance for “Game of Tiaras” Monday at Hermiston High School. The play opens Friday in the school’s fine arts auditorium.

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Ava Tixier, Sam Surber, Baylee Hunsaker and Tristan Stephenson rehearse a dance for “Game of Tiaras” Monday at Hermiston High School. The play opens Friday in the school’s fine arts auditorium.

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Combine plot twists from the “Game of Thrones,” an HBO adventure drama, with the hopelessness of a Shakespearean tragedy and you’ll have an adaptation of “King Lear” that will keep you in stitches.

Taking the helm of Hermiston High School’s drama program, director Beth Anderson said “Game of Tiaras” should provide an entertaining evening for audience members. A twist on Disney characters with a little “Game of Thrones” thrown in, she said, offers hilarity at every turn — especially as the body count rises.

“It’s a funny parody with Disney princesses and more,” she said.

However, Anderson said the show may not be all that appropriate for younger kids.

“There’s not gore like ‘Game of Thrones,’ but the humor ... ,” she said trailing off. “You might not want to see the princess get be-headed.”

The play opens Friday at 7 p.m. in the school’s fine arts auditorium, 600 S. First St., Hermiston. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for students. Subsequent performances are Saturday and Nov. 10-11, all at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at the high school’s bookkeeping office.

About 40 students are involved with the production, Anderson said. In addition, HHS science teacher Zyan Silver takes the stage in a couple of roles.

“I wanted the executioner to be a bigger guy and he’s tall,” Anderson said.

The play is about the aging king of a magical kingdom who decides to split his empire between his three daughters, Cinderella, Belle and the Snow Queen. It’s Ella, Anderson said, not to be confused by another copyrighted character, Elsa.

With a reference to the French Prince of Bel-Air and hipster dwarfs, Anderson said there’s plenty to chuckle about.

“Students were laughing while reading the very first page of the script,” she said. “So, I think our audience will find it hilarious.”

In her third year at HHS, Anderson is excited to be teaching at her alma mater. A former attorney-turned-teacher in Missouri, Anderson is happy to be back in her hometown and involved in the drama program.

“I’m really looking forward to great excitement about people coming to shows at Hermiston High School,” she said.

For more information, contact Anderson at 541-667-6100 or beth.anderson@hermiston.k12.or.us.

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Contact Community Editor Tammy Malgesini at tmalgesini@eastoregonian.com or 541-564-4539



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