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1992 - 1993
North Star Players

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Star Players club members for 1992-93 included Russell Fortmeyer, Luke Thoene, Darren Buckey, Jim Beard, Clay Kyle, Jennefer Wright, Katie Meyer, Julie Meadows, Becky Oakley, Spencer Orr, Sara Wall, Julie McAfee, Kymi Atkin, Robin Conrow, Debra Sharpazian, Cyndi Taylor, Kara Rhodes, Ashley Shields, Sarah Ash, Audriana Orr, Sarah Jackson, Addie Turner. 

Lawrence Orr
North Star Players
Director, advisor

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The 1992-93 North Star Players came back to play for the year with many experienced actors and technicians as well as some fine newcomers. Here, freshmen Audriana Orr hosts the Star Players' club table during Homecoming lunch activities.

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The Fall Production:
John Stenbeck's

Of Mice and Men

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Cast members included Luke Thoene as Curly, Blake Williams as Boss, Clay Kyle as Slim, Jim Beard as George, Russ Fortmeyer as Candy, Darren Buckey as Lenny, Tonya Moore as Curly's Wife, Shinita Hutchins as Crooks, Mitch Hukill as Whit and Paul Cooper as Carlson.

Rehearsals started in October, as usual. It takes 6 to 8 weeks of after school work and some weekends to be ready to open late November.

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Early rehearsals for Tonya and Russ make for interesting staging choices.

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Above, Whit (Mitch Hukill) jokes with Slim (Clay Kyle). Next, Curly's Wife (Tonya Moore) just wants someone to hang out with. Then, Lenny (Darren Buckey) coaxes George to tell about the rabbits they're going to get.

The set was made of 4x8 wagons, each with exterior/interiors and configured to make for the bunkhouse, Crook's room, the barn. The wagons were moved into the wings for the outdoor scenes.

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Candy (Russ Fortmeyer) carries on to George (Jim Beard) and Lenny (Darren Buckey).

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Mean ol' Carlson (Paul Cooper) and Candy (Russ Fortmeyer). Newcomer Shinita Hutchins played Crooks.

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Actor Darren Buckey accounted for much of the physicality in the play. Both Curly and Curly's Wife would succumb to Lenny's accidental power.

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George (Jim Beard) and Whit (Mitch Hukill) pass the time in the bunkhouse playing cards. 

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The tragic final scene when George must kill Lenny to keep him from suffering at the hands of a vengeful mob.

Technically speaking...

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Sound Technician Jason Jones appears to be the Pin Rail Mystery Man. Follow the clues...

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Blake Williams as Boss would rather do his own,

thank you.

Makeup specialist Julie Meadows helps Mitch Hukill prepare for his role as Whit.

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Stage crew members Kim Truitt and Julie McAfee are essential workers.

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Lighting and sound technicians Devin Kuster and McKinsey Philips.

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Star Players Shine

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Star Players club members Tonya Moore and Russell Fortmeyer, costumed as Elizabethan characters, pose for their Most Talented in Drama Awards.

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Actress Tonya Moore also found time to be the Senior Class President for 1992-93, and actors Darren Buckey and Clay Kyle served as Senior Vice President and Senior Treasurer respectively.

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Senior Star Player Katie Meyer was voted by her class as Most Likely to Succeed.


The Star Players tended to produce dramatic shows in the fall and comedy or musicals in the spring. This year, after Of Mice and Men, the Star Players took on one of the longest running musicals in history,
The Fantasticks.

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Members of the cast of The Fantasticks would be  Kara Rhodes, Spencer Orr, Russ Fortmeyer, Brad Reed, Addie Turner, Darren Buckey, Jim Beard, Mitch Hukill, and Audriana Orr.

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Auditions began in mid February. Here Spencer Orr, Mitch Hukill, and Darren Buckey read onstage.

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Senior actor Russ Fortmeyer and junior Jim Beard audition for yet another North High production.

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Here, Jill Harlander auditions with Jim Beard.

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Star Players freshmen actors Audriana Orr and Kara Rhodes would play the Mutes, vital stage crew/properties characters.

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Russ and Jim would be cast as the fathers, Bellamy and Huckaby; Brad Reed and Addie Turner as Matt and Luisa.

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Darren Buckey would be cast as El Gallo, the narrator and key foil character of the play.

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Spencer Orr would play Mortimer, the silly sidekick to Mitch Hukill's Henry, the aged stage actor. Here the two abductors try to carry off the unsuspecting Luisa, played by Addie Turner.
Henry: "No, Mortimer. Off Left!"

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Mr. Robert Richmond, talented musician and faculty member, would join Jim Page, harpist, to provide perfect piano and harp music from the wonderful score.

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Senior Katie Meyer, lighting technician, is sure this will be her last show at North High.

The production was dedicated to and attended by Jack Winans, who was Mr. Orr's high school theater director in San Diego. 

Click the arrow below to enjoy moments from the play.

Senior actors and technicians leaving this year included:

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Russell Fortmeyer
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Tonya Moore
NSP Best Actress 1993
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Darren Buckey
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Katie Meyer
Star Players "Best Senior 1993"
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Sara Wall
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Julie McAfee

"These excellent students continued laying the foundation for a new era of fine theater tradition." Mr Orr

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Jill Harlander
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Chris Lotspeich
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Darren and Tonya would continue to give to the community as educators.
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Lenny Small (Darren Buckey) gets an earful from Curly's Wife (Tonya Moore)
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