July 23--DUNCAN -- Teens will take the stage, and their inner hillbilly will be revealed.
Duncan Little Theatre's Teen Theatre performance is set for 2 p.m. Saturday in the Simmons Center Theatre. The group of youths will be performing "The Beverly Hillbillies."
The show follows a group of backwoods roughnecks, the Clampett family, who come into money after the strike oil on their land. The money allows them to move to Beverly Hills, Calif., where they find themselves out of place.
On Monday, the teens were still running lines, acting their scenes and added costumes to bring their characters to life. The group features a mix of Teen Theatre veterans and newcomers. And in many ways, it's a learning experience for everyone involved.
Since July 8, the teens have been participating in a workshop, where they have been taught about everything theater-related, from stage presence and projecting voices to stage design.
"We have a lot of new people," performer Garrett Matlock said. "Everyone's doing a pretty good job."
Matlock is one of the titular hillbillies, appearing as Jed, the head-of-household. During the 2012 Teen Theatre production, Matlock starred as King Arthur in "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court." He has also been in other DLT productions outside of Teen Theatre.
He said he's excited to be among the leads of the production and is having fun putting the show together.
Another long-time Teen Theatre participant, Lindsey Trostle, is finding her character having a negative impact on the naive Clampett family. Trostle said her femme fatal persona Emily is set on milking the Clampetts for all of their funds through a blackmail scheme.
"It's the second western we've done that's had a dramatic element to it," Trostle said. "I'm one of the bad guys. I definitely love doing the bad guy parts. You never know what to expect."
The youths are excited to perform for an audience, to show their acting chops. Many of the teens have been perfecting their voices, whether it's Matlock finding his inner-hillbilly or Brady Henricks, as Mr. Drysdell, finding his inner-snob.
Matlock and Trostle said this has been a fun production to work on. Although they're still getting things ready for showtime, they're excited to see how the audience reacts to the humor of the production.
"I think it's going to be really cool," Trostle said. "There's so many parts with so many personalities. We found something for everyone. The kids will really like the comedy."
Matlock said there are a lot of newcomers who are coming out of their shells with this production and a lot of veterans who are showing them how much fun Teen Theatre can be.
"It's coming together pretty good," Matlock said.
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