Kaylee Furge breaks mold as female Stage Manager in “Our Town”

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Hartland High School senior Kaylee Furge is preparing for her sixth Drama Club production — but, despite her talent and dedication, there was a time when she wanted nothing to do with acting.

“Before my first production, I actually didn’t want to audition at all,” she said. “I was sort of forced into my first show and thank goodness I was, because acting is what I love to do.”

Furge now brings her love of acting to the community in her role as the Stage Manager in Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.” It’s a role that Furge acknowledges is “the anchor of the show,” and one traditionally played by a male cast member. The Stage Manager “balances out the other characters,” said Furge, and speaks directly to the audience, delivering an important message about life, love and loss.

“I hope the audience takes away that time is limited and if you want to do something, just go for it while you still have the chance,” she said.

In addition to her role as Stage Manager, Furge — the daughter of K.C. and Stefanie Furge, and sibling to older brother Brett — also serves as student producer. Her younger sister, Sidney, is in the ninth grade and part of the ensemble. The sisters have been involved in many youth theater productions together.

Furge is also a member of Chamber Choir and plans to continue acting as a hobby after graduation. Although she has experience with a number of theaters, Furge says Hartland Drama Club is her favorite.

“Hartland does not take any shortcuts,” she said. “Our goal is always to produce the highest quality show you can imagine and ‘Our Town’ is definitely going to hold up to our high standards.”

— Jennifer Stang

Shows are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9 and 10, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Hartland High School, 10635 Dunham Road in Hartland. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students/seniors, and can be purchased at http://hartlanddramaclub.weebly.com or at the door.


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