The AHS winter production of “Whose Life Is It Anyway?” by Brian Clark focuses on a woman named Claire Harrison, played by Olivia Freeman, an artist who was a victim of a horrible car accident. Claire was injured, resulting in her being quadriplegic. Her defense against her paralyzation is sarcasm. It seems no matter how hard she tries, nothing works for her.
AHS theater student Gabriel Generally plays Doctor Emerson. As the head doctor of the intensive care unit, he takes care of Claire. Dr. Emerson constantly tries to coax Claire throughout the play, although she does not give in.
The cast of 14 students, including Generally and Freeman, has been under the guidance of theater director Kristi Doering. The cast members have been practicing for 10 hours each week for the past few months. All of the cast members had to take a twist from their usual theater acting, and they had to put on a serious face for the understanding of what Doering calls the “heaviness of the show.”
“I always like to throw things up, and have a serious show and to challenge the actors to think outside their initial day-to-day thoughts,” Doering said. She also said that when she read “Whose Life Is It Anyway,” she thought this was the right time to do it.
Freeman said the hardest part about the role she plays is the fact that she has to sit extremely still for the part, because she, herself, is not quadriplegic. She also said she has memorized more than 400 lines in preparation for the production.
According to many cast members, this performance is different than any other show AHS has done. Compared to last year’s “Noises Off ,” “Whose Life Is It Anyway?” contains contrasting ideas of a humorous and happy story line juxtaposed with seriousness and the idea of death.
After months of preparation, the production will start at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, in the AHS auditorium. The play will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, each show beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the auditorium doors before the show for $8.