The Howell High School Performing Arts Department brings the Tony Award-winning play “Peter and the Starcatcher” to the stage of the Rod Bushey Performing Arts Center. From now until opening night, we are profiling cast members of the production.
Kiera Sexton, 18, is the daughter of Trevor and Susan Sexton; she has an older brother named Drew. A senior, she’s heavily involved in both the choir and drama programs; she is in A Capella, Classicality, Advanced Drama, and International Thespian Society. she is also a big reader. Her future plans are most likely to go to Central Michigan University to pursue something related to English or theater.
How did you get involved with the production?
Last school year I had asked Amanda Malo, the director, if there was anything I could help with for “Peter and the Starcatcher.” I was thinking about helping with costumes or other tech roles. But when she messaged me that night asking me to stage manage, it was a dream come true!
Have you been in any other theatrical productions? If so, what roles did you play?
This is my first main stage production, although last year I stage managed for a black box production called “Just Regular People.”
What do you most enjoy about being part of the production?
Probably watching the show come together from ideas and a blank stage to the magic that is “Peter and the Starcatcher.”
Who is/are your inspiration(s)? Why?
As cliche as it sounds, our director, Amanda Malo, is definitely an inspiration of mine. She has always encouraged me to do my best and has helped me through a lot. Another big inspiration in my life is my grandmother, Barbara Patricia Grace, she has always stood by me with all of my decisions and is always there to offer advice when I need it.
What’s your favorite part of the experience of being in the production?
My favorite experience is the cast and crew coming together from basically strangers to this unstoppable force that really brings magic to the show.
What can audience members expect when they see the show?
Audience members can expect to be transported back to a time in their childhood when something could be anything, as long as you pretend it is. A time where magic was real as long as you believed in it and a story could take you anywhere.
“Peter and the Starcatcher” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, and Saturday, Nov. 9, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10. Tickets are available at the Howell High School main office and online at http://howellperformingarts.ludus.com.