Eyeliner was on, lips were colored and cast members shuffled around in costume at rehearsals Monday night for an upcoming Lake Tahoe Community College play.
The eight adults and five children in the cast were busy practicing for the performance of “Still Life With Iris,” which opens for its first showing Friday night.
This play marks the second time during a five-year stint at the college that Theatre Director Susan Boulanger has cast children as some of the lead characters.
She said she wanted to pursue something family-oriented that could help her get children more involved.
“I was just thinking I wanted to give the kids a chance,” she said. “There’s not a lot of opportunity up here.”
At the event, audiences will hear the story of a young girl named Iris and her quest to find her way back to Nocturno — the magical land she calls home.
Boulanger said the play has been a success nationally, but the script also hit a chord with her personally.
“I just loved it the first time I read it,” she said. “It really reminded me of the old Shirley Temple movies I used to watch on Saturday mornings as a kid.”
Boulanger is dedicating the show to Shirley Temple, who died Feb. 10 of natural causes at age 85.
In LTCC’s play, children were cast as the lead character, Iris, and many of the friends she meets on her journey. Because of this, Boulanger said she’s had to change the way she’s approached practices and production, as well as other things.
“You have to watch your language,” she said with a laugh.
Maddy Evans, 11, will play the character of Iris. She has a background in acting that started in the Missoula Children’s Theatre and eventually led to her participation in a number of local shows.
On Tuesday, she expressed how excited she was to be involved in the latest LTCC play.
“When I saw it in motion, it is a really fun play,” Maddy said. “Some parts are just like, wow.”
Diana Evans, Maddy’s mother, also has a role in the show — a familiar one. She plays Maddy’s mother on stage.
Although it can be challenging hiding the natural mother-daughter connection, Evans said she’s glad to be performing in the play with her daughter and also with her son, Sam.
“I think one of the things that’s cool is that it’s a family-oriented play,” she said. “There’s really not a lot of that in town, so I’d really like to see a lot of people come out so we have more.”
Tickets, which cost $10 for general admission, can be purchased at LTCC’s Bookstore or at the Box Office one hour prior to performances.