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Aliens beam down to North Tama

November 1, 2013
Jayde Vogeler - Walnut Street Journal , Traer Star-Clipper

In our culture, it is second nature for us to think that other beings would know how to act about our culture. You will eventually find out that is not true. On November 9 and 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the North Tampa gymnasium, the North Tama Cast and Crew are performing a comedy by Bryan Starchman called No Signs of Intelligent Life.

In this comedy, there are seven aliens assigned to different tasks to complete: ordering a burger, going camping, learning how to carve a pumpkin, and many more "simple" tasks. As their high intellectual selves, they can't do these "'simple" tasks as easily as human beings can. Soon, they will have a lifetime to learn these traditions and customs that we live.

"This play has a comedy which gets people laughing and loosened up and it has fun added things that we have done to it," says Danica Minard, K-12 Art teacher and director of the play.

No Signs of Intelligent Life creates a different perspective for the actors to think about.

"We (the aliens) are learning human ways for the very first time," says Landon Calderwood, a junior cast member who has two roles in the play. "This play is easier to act, but there is a lot of emotion so there is a lot of thinking as to what the alien is feeling."

Acting is a big part of the play, but it would not be complete without the behind-the-scenes crew. And for junior Alexa Dostal, sound technician, this play presents differences from last year.

"Last year we used animal noises and now we use space sounds," points out Dostal. "We are also using less sounds compared to last year, but it still makes the play cool."

Even though the play may be easier to act and use sound effects, Junior High Language Arts teacher and co-director Nicole Reicks specifies the difficulties of this year's play.

"Deciding on a character is hard. This is not a classic play that a set character is made. It is up to the actor to bring that character to life," says Reicks.

There may be some challenging things in this play. The performing may be different than in previous years, but that doesn't stop the enthusiam that cast and crew have.

"I am excited to see our spin on what was created by the director because we have added a lot of our own elements," says Minard. "Then it will not be like the other versions of this play. It is our own thing."



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