A Streetcar Named Desire at DV

(L-R) Emma Taylor, as Stella Kowalski, Bryan Raiton, as Stanley Kowalski, and Jackson Clithero, as Pablo Gonzales, during rehearsal for the play "A Streetcar Named Desire" at Desert Vista on Thursday, April 3, 2014. Performances will be Wednesday and Thursday at 7pm, as well as Friday at 4pm.

[David Jolkovski/AFN]

Desert Vista High School Theatre will be taking the stage to perform its last play of the school year, “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

The performance will take place inside the Black Box Theatre, which gives a more intimate feel for audience members who attend the dramatic, emotional play.

For many of the actors participating this will be their last performance at Desert Vista.

Senior Emma Taylor, who was cast as Stella Kowalski, said her character was a strong woman who struggled with being a housewife and fighting back against her husband.

“She has to make lots of difficult decisions between her sister, child and husband. That’s a major part of her theme,” she said.

Taylor has participated in every production the high school hosted this year.

“I’m really happy that it’s my last role at Desert Vista High School because it’s such an iconic role. I feel like everyone knows “A Streetcar Named Desire,” so that’s a pretty big deal to be able to play her and really get to know her,” she said. “It’s definitely my biggest part here at Desert Vista, so that’s been really fun getting to be more involved in the program. I think the thing that probably stands out the most is how challenging it has been in learning lines, getting into the character, and getting into the theme of the show. The challenge is the most fun part.”

Senior Bryan Raiton, who was cast as Stanley, has been preparing for the role by keeping to a strict diet and exercise routine.

“Stanley Kowalski is an animal. He acts on human instincts, he acts on basic desires,” Raiton said.

Each morning Raiton completes an exercise routine consisting of arm exercises, push ups and pull ups.

“Physically, I’ve prepared that way, but mentally I take eight minutes of every morning and every night to just observe myself in the mirror. What I do is I’ll break down and completely pause myself, and I’ll think anger, desire, and lust, and I’ll watch my body transform,” Raiton said. “It’s taken a lot of concentration and sleepless nights. This has probably been the biggest prepared role that I’ve had, and its quiet an honor to play Stanley because ‘Streetcar’ is such an incredible play. ”

Desert Vista High School Theatre will be performing “A Streetcar Named Desire” on three separate days; Wednesday and Thursday, April 9 and 10, at 7 p.m. and on Friday, April 11. at 4 p.m.

The play will take place inside the school’s Black Box Theatre, 16440 S. 32nd St., and tickets at the door will be sold for $5.

For more information about “A Streetcar Named Desire,” call (480) 706-7900.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dochoa@ahwatukee.com.

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