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Drama Students Take a Final Bow

LBHS students, from left, Sawyer Pierce, Katherine Epstein, Lily Rogers , and Luke Dressler, rehearse their final production, “A Lie of the Mind.” Photo by Susan Elliott.

Laguna Beach High School’s Park Avenue Players bring to the Artists’ Theatre “A Lie of the Mind,” May 27 and 28, June 2-4, at 7:30 p.m., a Sam Shepard play that will not disappoint theatre-goers hungry for powerful drama.

“We always like to end our year with a piece of drama that is challenging in some way,” explained Mark Dressler, LBHS’s director. “These shows usually have smaller casts and require special talents from our young actors.”

Directed by LBHS alum Amanda Saunders, the eight-character play features the struggles of two dysfunctional families.

Another unusual element of the show is that the audience will be arranged on risers on the stage surrounding the actors.  “This will be a special treat for our patrons who are true theatre enthusiasts!” exclaimed Saunders.

 “What makes this play so appealing to us as actors is that it covers all the emotional bases,” said Sawyer Pierce, a graduating senior headed for Carnegie-Mellon University in the fall.  “It is so dramatic and heavy, but it’s a comedy at the same time.”

Other cast members include: Wyatt Fair, Claire LaRose, Luke Dressler, Chandler Davis, Katharine Epstein, Brad Barnes, Lily Rogers and stage manager Hagen Degamo.

Tickets are $10 for students, $15 for adults and can be purchased at the door of the Artists Theatre the day of the show.

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