Alicia Ward has been looking forward to doing a Shakespeare play at Howell High School.
“We do a Shakespeare show every four years,” Ward said. “I’ve been looking forward to this production and wanted to be part of it before I even knew which show we were doing.”
Ward, a senior, is the daughter of Karen and Mike Ward, and she has a sister, Katie. Ward loves acting, playing tennis, and spending time with her friends and bird. She’s hoping to pursue a degree in zoology, and she’s considering a minor in theater.
She was in the ensemble for a few musicals, and then she was a fox in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” when she was a sophomore. Last year, she had her first speaking role as Rhonda in “Almost Maine.”
Inspired by all the strong female actresses in today’s world, Ward sees a lot of women using their fame and ability to inspire others and inspire change.
“It’s very amazing,” she said. “I would love to do that one day.”
Ward likes to memorize lines, and then, once the cast knows all the lines, she enjoys the little inside jokes that develop.
“It’s a lot of fun being around people who all know the show as much as you,” she said.
Ward describes “Twelfth Night” as an upbeat, comedic, quirky show, with some serious moments.
“The themes in it are relatable because Shakespeare writes of experiences that will always be relevant,” she said. “You don’t need to know Shakespeare to understand the show. Making you understand is our job.”
The Howell High School’s Performing Arts Department will present William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, and Saturday, Nov. 17, as well as at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Howell High School Rod Bushey Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Grand River Ave., Howell.
Advance sale tickets are $10 for students/seniors and $12 for adults. Tickets can be purchased in the Howell High School main office and at Schafer’s House of Music. The ticket cost will increase by $1 at the door.