Lexi Yauch didn’t have high expectations after auditioning for her first Clayton Youth Theater play.
“I expected to get Bush No. 3,” Yauch joked.
She was out of town for callbacks. When she returned home, though, her mom said, “Congratulations, you got the part.”
That “part” was that of June Muldoon, the lead in the Clayton Youth Theater production of “Anatomy of Gray,” which opens at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at The Clayton Center on Second Street.
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While it’s her first show with CYT, Yauch said the other cast members have made her feel at home.
“Everybody here is really nice and supportive,” she said.
The Clayton High freshman said it’s been tough balancing “Anatomy of Gray” rehearsals and a school musical she’s also in.
But Yauch said she likes the thickness of the plot in “Anatomy of Gray,” a drama penned by Jim Leonard in 2006. In the play, Muldoon, a girl from Gray, Ind., prays for a healer to come to town after she struggles to cope with her father’s death. A tornado blows a strange man in a hot-air balloon into town. The man, a doctor named Galen Gray, initially cures many of the townspeople, until a plague starts to spread.
Charlie Putnam, who’s playing Galen Gray, said he likes the dialogue between characters in “Anatomy of Gray,” his ninth play with CYT. He started acting with the theater troupe the summer before starting the seventh grade, playing the fiddler in “Fiddler on the Roof.”
“We bring a level of professionalism with every show, and the cast blends well,” Putnam said. “The quality of the shows is tremendous also.”
Brick Ingle, a junior at Holly Springs High School, is playing Pastor Phineas Wingfield. He agreed with Putnam, adding that most CYT casts are like a family.
“Clayton Youth Theater is the only theater group that formats shows in a professional way,” Ingle said.
“After calculus II at school, I need this,” he added.
Clayton Youth Theater will also present “Anatomy of Gray” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27-28. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students 18 and younger. For tickets, call 919-553-1737 or go to www.theclaytoncenter.com.
Delaney Aiello, a Corinth Holders High School junior who plays Rebekah Muldoon, said she thinks her peers and adults will enjoy the show.
“It’s captivating,” Aiello said. “It’s beautiful and whimsical but deals with some hard stuff.”