One addition to the cast of Theatre West this year is actor Zoe Nolte ‘22. She will be playing one of the lead roles this December as Susan Walker, a six-year old girl who doesn’t believe in Santa Claus. Nolte has been dancing at her parents’ dance academy Nolte for as long as she can remember, but just started acting a couple years ago through a show that her mother was producing.
“When I was younger, my mom needed extra people because she produced shows,” Nolte said. “I just stood in the back with some little kids and I guess I just fell in love with [acting].”
Although Nolte has done community theatre several times in the past, this is her first time acting in a school production. According to Nolte, the atmosphere at West is very different than that of the community theatre.
“Everyone in the West shows are in classes together, so they’re already friends when they audition,” Nolte said. “You just become a big happy family by the end of it.”
The cast this year is especially changed. The 2018 graduating class held several of the lead actors from the past few years. With their graduation, many spots have opened up for new students to help out with this play.
“We do have quite a few new people, especially on cast,” Hill said. “The senior class we had last year was really big and they did lots of stuff, so we did quite a lot of recruiting at the beginning of the year, and we have a lot of new people this year.”