Young actors, great performance: Students recreate ‘Stage Door’

Pankow Performing Arts students presented “Stage Door,” a play about a group of women who live in a boarding house and who are trying to make it on Broadway.

Pankow Performing Arts students presented “Stage Door,” a play about a group of women who live in a boarding house and who are trying to make it on Broadway.

Stephanie Sakelaris ‘15

Reporter

“Stage Door” is a classic play that follows the lives of a group of women in a boarding house trying to make it on Broadway. This female-driven play was produced by the Pankow Performing Arts program with a cast of over 30 men and women, which is one of the largest casts to ever appear in a production.

This comedic play is set in a New York women’s boarding house. Harper Case starred as Terry Randall with a wealthy background attempting to create a career on the stage all her own. Terry lives in the boarding house with other wannabe Broadway stars. When Jean (played by Lauren Lewallen), Terry’s roommate, might get the opportunity to make it big in show business in California, Terry trusts her morals and stays in New York. Terry’s father offers her an opportunity for a starring role in a show that’s sure to fail in efforts to cheer her up from Jean becoming a huge star.

“Such a large, young cast made rehearsals long and sometimes difficult but I loved rehearsing and getting to know all of my fellow actors. We all became so close when working on the play together. I will miss seeing all of them every day after school and I can’t wait to see what the next show will be,” Lewallen said.

Even though this play had a very young cast, it was extremely strong in its ability to perform with a short rehearsal time of five weeks and they had talent beaming from each and every one of them.

“It was nice to know that after all of our hard work, the show really came together and was a huge success. I am so proud of the cast and can’t wait for the show in the spring, especially because it will be my last high school show,” senior Kevin Keller said.

“Stage Door” was a fantastic show, with an exceptional cast that has the potential of amazing things and all future productions are a must-see.