Meet the cast of “Murder on the 518”: Miller keeps audience in suspense

The Hartland High School Drama Club production of “Murder on the 518,” runs Friday, Nov. 12, through Sunday, Nov. 14, at Hartland High School (HHS), 10635 Dunham Road in Hartland. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are available online at www.hartlanddramaclub.com and at the door. Individual tickets purchased in advance are $13 for adults and $11 for students, children and seniors. Tickets purchased at the door are $15 for adults and $13 for students, children and seniors. Group rates are also available.

From now until opening night, we will be highlighting members of the production.

Alayna Miller

Whether she’s standing on the softball diamond or the stage, Hartland High School freshman Alayna Miller strives for excellence. Now, she’s eager to showcase her acting skills as she plays the role of Jillian Hill, the dutiful assistant to a savvy pharmaceutical CEO, in Hartland Drama Club’s “Murder on the 518.”

We caught up with Miller as she and the cast prepare to covers their tracks in this mystery aboard a train.

What is your favorite part about this show?
Being able to hang out with all of the fun actors, and learning more about acting to get better.

What do you do outside of Drama Club?
I play softball and baseball.

Do you wish to pursue theatre after high school?
I would really like to because I have been acting since I was very little and it has always been my dream.

Who is your hero?
My mom, because she is always so strong and has been through so much. She has always had a positive attitude and helps me have a better attitude. She is the strongest, most beautiful person I have ever met.

What would the slogan for your life?
It could always be worse.

Is it easy for you to memorize your lines?
For scenes with lots of lines that are paragraphs, I have to practice them at home, but if I have five to seven lines in a scene that aren’t very long, I have a very easy time remembering them.

Do you prefer to sing, act, or dance?
I love to sing and act, and I dance in musicals, but I’m not the greatest as compared to most people.

What is your favorite season?
My favorite season is fall because it’s not too hot, but also not too cold; it’s the perfect temperature.

What motivates you to work hard, both as a Drama Club member and in life?
My brother. He is always working hard to get what he wants to achieve and he never gives up. He is a very hard worker and I’m trying to follow in his footsteps.

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