JDHS drama and debate team: Haley Nelson, Lucas Webber and Lydia Kline

Posted: Friday, December 19, 2008

The Juneau-Douglas High School drama and debate team will preform "Reduced Shakespeare" for their Readers Theatre.

Their drama coach, Cricket Curtain, says: "Lydia, Lucas and Haley are wonderfully creative members of the Juneau-Douglas High School Drama, Debate and Forensics Team. They all share the same qualitites - they are upbeat, outgoing, gifted actors that enjoy sharing their craft with everyone. Their Reader's Theatre just tied for first place at the Haines DDF meet a few weeks ago."

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Haley Nelson

Age: 16.

Grade: 11.

Experience: "Acting has long been a passion of mine. From a young age, I acted for the superficial goal of being famous later in life, but that quickly evolved into a passion motivated by the enjoyability factor. I started in my mother's local art school when I was 3 and later acted in productions by Fine Arts Camp, Perserverance Theatre, J. Althea and JDHS high school productions. Currently I am doing drama and debate."

All in the family: "My family is more musically inclined, and I too have a large focus on music, but my grandfather and great-grandfather both acted in early 20th century movies."

Favorites: "As far as music goes, you can't go wrong with Cake, Modest Mouse, Radiohead, Muse, Jethro Tull, the Fratellis, Creedance Cleerwater Revival and the Beatles."

Future plans: "I will unquestionably continue with acting. It does provide a lot of opportunity for friendship, fun and experience."

Activites: Student Council, school band, Youth Action Committee, track and field, possibly Close-Up, The Humanist Society. ... I actually tried out for a minor role in the "Pirates of the Carribean 3" when I was 11."

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Lucas Webber

Age: 15.

Grade: 10.

Artist insight: "When you're a kid you love to act like heroes. And when you hear that you can act like one of them without being ridiculed, then take that chance."

Experience: "This is my third year."

All in the family: "My brother, Nathan Webber, a freshman at JDHS, likes to act too."

Favorites: "Alternative music." Also, his hero is The Flash.

Activites: "I sing bass in choir. I am in JDHS plays and musicals, and have attended the Sitka Fine Arts Camp."

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Lydia Kline

Age: 16.

Grade: 11.

Reason: "I first chose acting because I love to express myself on stage and be able to be larger than life. I also love to tell stories and make peole laugh, so joining DDF, an activity where I can do all of these things, just seemed natural."

Experience: "I have been acting forever! I think I started doing more professional plays at around fifth grade, when I started participating in the STAR camp in Juneau (put on by Perserverance Theatre)."

Activites: "I was recently in the school play Auntie Mame."

• Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and done in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program. To have your student art included, contact your school office.



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