Not these teens:
"This is what I want to do in the summer," Hayes said. "It is a privilege."
At 14, Hayes has been in more than 30 plays, including at least 20 at
"I started acting because I was jealous my sister was acting at
At 4 years old, Hayes was cast as "Shark 3" in a play he can't recall.
His favorite role came in 2012 when he played Stinkerbell in the production, "It's a Wonderful Neverland."
"I had a funny part and I got to make people laugh," Hayes said.
"I love to hear from friends that come to the show that I'm a whole different person," Hayes said. "That's great because it means I'm doing it right."
Peyton, who is hitting the stage in his first acting role, will play Sawyer's barefoot sidekick Huck Finn.
In the four years the 16-year-old
Peyton's favorite memory was running the lights during "Fiddler on the Roof."
"It definitely improved my ability to run the lights," Peyton said. "It was one of those shows I could watch over and over and not zone out."
He enjoys spending his summer on the stage and said the only thing that occasionally gets in the way is his job.
"I love doing theater stuff," Peyton said. "It is a lot of fun."
His younger sister, Mackenna, 14, also enjoys theater and has been performing since she was little.
She's done more than 10 plays at
She enjoyed "Little Women" because it was a musical but said her favorite part of acting is impacting people and making them cry.
"Having adults still crying and shaking my hand after a performance is pretty awesome," Mackenna said.
Earlier this summer, Mackenna, Peyton and Hayes helped Smith as she ran a two-week summer acting camp aimed at helping area youth hone their acting skills through improvisational games, monologues and scenes from "The Adventures of
"All of the girls in the
Many of those who participated in the acting camp went on to be cast in "The Adventures of
Six weeks of rehearsals begin Monday and these three teens are exactly where they want to be.
"I've made a lot of friends down here," Mackenna said.
Plays going on at
"Princess 101," a Magic Theater Production, has shows Saturdays at
Also happening on Saturdays in August are two classes aimed at helping 6- to 16-year-olds learn about lighting, sound, and running things backstage.
More information can be found at actingcompany.org.
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