This is just what director Christopher Alleman and technical director Scott Porter hoped to use to draw in audiences to experience the latest play put on by the Summit High School performing arts department.
"It's a classic, a story that has been read by everyone," said Alleman, who is also the artistic director of the Lake Dillon Theatre.
"They've been wonderful," Alleman
said of the cast, which consists of 10 main members and 17 actors in total.
"They've worked hard."
Rehearsal started in January and continued all the way up to opening day.
Time is always a challenge, Alleman
said, particularly with the winter break interrupting rehearsals and all of the actors being heavily involved in school and school sports and activities.
"Our biggest challenge is time," he
"A lot of these actors have great motivation and lots of ambition and lots of raw talent."
While the high school auditorium can hold up to 750 people, Alleman
and Porter decided to bring the audience in closer, with seating right up on the stage, only a few feet from the actors.