Her love for drama isn’t an act: Alysa Harshbarger
The Orcutt Academy drama program has blossomed over recent years, and extraordinary actors and actresses, such as senior Alysa Harshbarger, have been praised by and the community and our school as well.
Harshbarger is fairly new to the world of theatre. The senior joined her sophomore year after attending a couple of her older sister’s plays and hearing about how exciting it was being apart of drama. Since then, she has been in the cast for numerous plays including: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sherlock Holmes and the Siege of 221b, Snow White, The Witches, and the current production: Murder in the Peacock Lounge.
One of her biggest inspirations in drama is the man in charge of it all, Mr. Shaw. Harshbarger shares that Shaw is an amazing actor himself, as she says:
“He always pushes me to be better than I ever thought I could be.”
For Harshbarger, drama is a creative outlet and she sees it as an opportunity to have fun and make memories with her friends. The only downside she saw was attempting to muster up enough energy in the morning for the class as it takes place during first period. Reading a new script is one of the joys of drama that outweighs the bad, as Harshbarger describes. To her, it is exciting to see a new plot and set of characters.
Out of all the productions Harshbarger has performed in, Sherlock Holmes and the Siege of 221b was her favorite because she loved the cast and how they worked cohesively together. Her favorite role she’s ever played is her current role as Lucille Mayo in the Murder in the Peacock Lounge because “it [is] really fun playing a diva”. As she will not be continuing in drama after high school, Murder in the Peacock Lounge will be her final play unless she gets bitten by the drama bug again.
Buy tickets for the show on April 11th, 12th, and 13th and come support Alysa Harshbarger and the rest of the drama class!