ILWACO — An Ilwaco High School senior who has spent most of his adolescence in the spotlight passed the theatrical torch to a younger cast over the weekend as part of his senior project.

August Frame, who has been active in the performance arts since the age of 5, directed the Peninsula Performing Youth Company in the production of D.M. Larson’s “The Weird, Wild and Wonderful Days of School.”

Frame said he chose a play for his senior project because the Missoula Children’s Theatre is not scheduled to come to the Peninsula this year, and he wanted to give local kids an opportunity to act.

“Theater magic is the only magic I believe in,” Frame said of his passion for local performing arts.

The senior said he chose “The Weird, Wild and Wonderful Days of School” because it gave him flexibility with the number of roles he had to fill. And as a result, each of the eight participating actors and actresses — ranging from age 6 to 13 — were able to take on several roles.

While he admitted it was difficult to coordinate everyone’s schedule to rehearse the production, Frame said the best part about his experience was “having the luck to get a motivated group of acting posse.”

Frame described the story as taking place in “a school setting where everyone is welcome.”

“It’s happy, it’s sad, and it’s about things going on in the school that people forget or don’t think about,” he explained. “And it’s the perfect play for someone who doesn’t know how it’s going to go!”

The senior project is an assignment required of each Ilwaco senior in order to graduate. Frame’s may have been a bit more difficult than the average project because he was also a contestant in the “The Peninsula Has Talent” competition, which was scheduled at the same times as his play. Somehow he managed to pull it off without a hitch.

But he says magic isn’t the only component that helped the curtain rise.

“If I were to give any tips on how to attack something like this, it would be to never underestimate the power of your friends. I’ve had so many friends who have helped pull this off,” he said.

All of the proceeds from the show will be donated to the Ilwaco Middle-High School drama department.


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