Creativity seizes the spotlight
June 13, 2008 · Updated 9:57 AM
By MARGO HORNER
After more than a year of hard work, daydreams and revisions, Ashley Burman, a sophomore at Federal Way Public Academy, saw her dream come true on Thursday.
Burmans self-written play, 423 North D Street, came to life during two performances by the Public Academys drama club.
I had the opportunity to see an idea that I had come alive, Burman said. Im really proud of it.
The play, a story about a family battling over an inheritance, was inspired by events in Burmans own life, she said. The play also includes a romantic twist.
Student-written, full-length plays have been a tradition at Public Academy for seven years, said Barry Linn, the teacher who advises the drama club.
I dont know why not, it seems like a good idea all around, Linn said. Were trying to let people try things out.
He added that with student-written plays, the school doesnt have to pay royalties to use the script.
The script isnt the only area money was saved in production of the play. Students, along with Linns wife, spent a weekend building the sets with plywood, cardboard and butcher paper. The lighting and costumes were simple.
It didnt cost us any money, Linn said.
Linn seemed proud of the low budget. The emphasis was less on making a big splash, and more about encouraging students creativity, he said.
Indeed, Burman said the project inspired her creativity. She spent more than 100 hours working on the play, beginning in April last year.
She completed the work all on her own time, not for school credit, she said.
Ive always wanted to be a writer, but now I feel inspired to follow my dream, Burman said.
Its so amazing to see everybody, the characters, come alive, she said. Im so proud of everybody thats in that cast thats worked on this.
Burman said her next goal is to publish a book of poetry.
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