Andie Peterson discovered her passion for performing at an early age, as early as third grade.
"I was young, but I knew right away that this is what I was meant to do and was happiest doing," Peterson said.
She's a senior at West Fargo High School in the process of auditioning for theater programs everywhere and is about to star as the lead role in West Fargo's upcoming play.
She and other student actors describe the upcoming play, Moon Over Buffalo, as being witty, hilarious, light-hearted and relatable.
"This show has a lot of heart, it's funny, but at the end of it, it's a beautiful message about family," she said.
Peterson relates to her character in the play, "Charlotte," an artist in her 50s, who runs an acting troupe because of her devotion to performing.
"You do fight for your art and you sacrifice a lot of things for it, which she's totally willing to do so I feel a connection to that," she said. "I used to be in swimming, I used to do all these other things, but they conflicted so it was like a no brainer for me."
Moon Over Buffalo is a boisterous comedy written by Ken Ludwig and set in Buffalo, New York with a simple eight-person cast. The play poster reads, "with family like this, who needs enemies," which is likely in reference to the constant familial conflict throughout the play.
The play has been performed on Broadway and famously marked Carol Burnett's return to theatre after a 30 year hiatus.
Theatre director Bryce Henrickson chose this farce comedy because of its growth potential for students, its ability to teach them, "how to be big and over the top and outlandish."
This fast-paced comedy lends the perfect challenge of garnering laughter from audiences. Punchlines depend heavily on timing, physical gestures and facial expressions coming together to create humor.
"Come and just laugh, think about your family and think about the silliness that we all go through in life. It's a good way to end the day," Henrickson said.
Junior Mikayla Hjelden will appear as "Roz," daughter to two actors who want her to pursue theatre, but she's more interested in a conventional life.
"It's something totally opposite of my personality. She's a lot more girly and a fun playful character," Hjelden said. "It's been a new experience for me."
Senior MaTia Martin will play "Ethel," grandmother of "Roz." Martin describes her character as, "the little old lady of the show."
"Her hearing aid is never on so she constantly has no idea what's going on," Martin said. "The whole show is a walking comedic relief."
Martin was just in New York auditioning for theatre programs and plans to pursue acting in some capacity.
The public is welcome to attend the show at any of its four upcoming dates this weekend.