The show couldn't go on without a set, lighting, make-up or costumes.
This behind-the-scenes work is why Brainerd High School senior Alicia Weagel is involved in the drama program.
Weagel also gets on stage to act. She has played several roles, she helps behind the scenes and her extra hours have been valuable to the productions, said BHS director John Wanninger, who nominated Weagel as Fine Arts Student of the Week.
Weagel has been involved in every high school production since her sophomore year. She played the roles of Phyllis and a woman who sat on a bench in "Hodge Podge of Nonsense." She worked with the technicians on "Rhinoceros." This play ended up being canceled, but it was where Weagel discovered her love of behind-the-scenes work. She learned a lot about lighting, as well as what goes on behind stage.
"I'm in drama to get the whole picture," said Weagel. "Some are in it just to act."
Weagel was on stage and behind the stage her junior year in "1984." She played an underclass person of society. Weagel said the role was small, but she did a lot of research on the character and was proud of her performance.
In "Pride and Prejudice", Weagel pulled the curtain for every scene. She was in charge of make-up and costumes. Several pieces of costumes were expensive to rent and Weagel had to make sure every piece was together.
Art focus: Drama
Art activities: Drama, A Cappella Choir and Art Club
Favorite subjects: Art history and advanced art portfolio
Most memorable fine arts achievement: Being involved in the "Pride and Prejudice" school play
Artist most admired: Salvador Dali
Favorite TV program: None
Favorite song: "Aqueous Transmission" by Incubus
Parents: Mary Savage of Brainerd and Steven Weagel of Pequot Lakes
"I've been told I'm good at bossing people around," said Weagel. "I'm good at getting on people's cases, but I don't like to do it."
This fall, the senior played Mrs. Soames in "Our Town." She said it was a small role and there was not much of a set. In this play Weagel applied the make-up and she is proud of how she transformed a 17-year-old student into a 40-year-old drunk.
"It was pretty creative," she said. "I made wrinkles and shadows and gave him dark circles under his eyes. I drew three different skin tones and gave him really red cheeks for the haggard look.
"It took me an hour during the dress rehearsal to apply the make-up, but it only took 15 minutes to put it on for the play," she said.
Weagel's creativity with make-up is one of her strengths in the drama program. Figuring out what her character is about is one of her weaknesses.
Weagel said she has been interested in performing in front of an audience since she was little.
"I liked to dress up like a ballerina and I would dance around to Lorie Line music," she said.
Choir sparked Weagel's desire to perform in different ways. Weagel said being in drama for the past three years has helped her learn how to convey her emotions. It also has helped her be honest with herself and others.
After high school, Weagel plans to attend a four-year college to study studio art. However, she said this major could change. She said wherever she goes to college, she would like to join their drama program.
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