Each year, as high school seniors prepare to graduate, they take on senior projects.
Adaya Williams, 19, a senior at Richmond Senior High School is working on her senior project by directing a play at Richmond Community Theatre. The show, “Eating in the Dark,” is 10 minutes long, and is free to the public.
On Saturday, Dec. 15, the play will open at 1 p.m., and there is no cost for admission. Richmond Community Theatre is located at 109 E. Washington St., in downtown Rockingham.
“I’ve always been into theater,” said Williams. “It’s something I’ve been passionate about.”
Williams said growing up in Myrtle Beach, S.C., provided her with lots of opportunities to get comfortable being on stage and being involved in theatre.
“I want to teach it. I’ve always been the one to push forward and call the shots,” said Williams. “I like to get my hands dirty. My favorite play that I’ve been in was ‘Guys and Dolls.’”
Richmond Community Theatre Director Shelly Walker agreed to help Williams with her project by showing her what being a director is all about.
“It’s been really fascinating to work with Shelly,” said Williams. “She has taught me a lot more than I knew. I didn’t know how time consuming (it was) and how much patience I would need.”
“Adaya is very enthusiastic about theatre,” said Walker. “It’s wonderful to work with a young person who enjoys theatre as much as Adaya does. Last year we had a number of RSHS students get involved at the theatre contributing community service hours. I’m hoping that we’ll have more seniors get involved this year, too.”
Williams said the play was chosen out of a book of short plays designed for teenagers, but she said everyone should enjoy this play.
“It’s about a woman who meets a stranger in a theatre,” said Williams. “Her stomach is also in the play. It talks to her, and it’s an actual person. The stomach kind off dictates her life. It’s cute and funny and people will get a laugh out of it.”
For more information, call 910-997-3765.
— Staff Writer Dawn M. Kurry can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 15, or by email at email@example.com.