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.
Laine Wyatt, 16, plays Molly in the Howell High School Performing Arts production of “Peter and the Starcatcher.” Her parents are mother Amber Felkin, father Larry Wyatt, step-mother Mary Wyatt, and step-father Casey Felkins. She has seven step-siblings and a brother, Tanner.
Wyatt is a sophomore, and is in the women’s chorale choir and Classicality, which are a part of the Howell High School choir program. She loves being a part of the drama community, and she is also a cadet in JROTC. Her future plans are unclear, but being around her family in Illinois is something toward which she aims.
How did you get involved with the production?
In my freshman year of high school, I auditioned for the fall Shakespeare play. The people that I met in that show had become some of my closest friends and people that I look up to so much. I have always loved theater and the great cast I was in made me want to do it all over again.
Have you been in any other theatrical productions? If so, what roles did you play?
I have been in many productions in the past, most recently though I was apart of the fall play last year as a waitress in Twelfth Night,and spring musical “Guys and Dolls” as a hotbox doll.
What do you most enjoy about being part of the production?
I love this cast more than I can express. They are so supportive, loving and inspiring. They make you want to do your best.
Who is/are your inspiration(s)? Why?
One person who is my biggest inspiration is my grandmother. Her kindness and love she shows everyone around her is something I aspire too. I often find myself being referred to as the “mom” of the people I am around, which are the traits I think I picked up from her.
What’s your favorite part of the experience of being in the production?
My favorite part of the experience in “Peter and the Starcatcher” are the things I am learning from the people around me. I had to learn an entire show in a British accent, which is a feat I am so proud of doing. The notes I get during rehearsals are the things I can apply to shows I do in the future.
What can audience members expect when they see the show?
I want audiences to come out of the theater feeling a sense of hope, a feeling that some only associate with being young. The story we tell shows two different characters choosing different paths of growing up, Peter staying a boy, and Molly becoming a woman. I hope that anyone in the theater can identify with Peter for a while, being young, and not growing up for awhile.
“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.