Featuring young talent
August 28, 2008 · Updated 5:30 PM
EVERETT Dylan Olson was always the funny kid in school and now he's providing comedy relief in the Everett Community College production of "The Triumph of Love." A graduate of WT Woodson High School in Virginia, Olson now lives in Marysville with his parents. His father is in the U.S. Navy, stationed in Everett.
A colleague at college, Mareyoko Butler is graduating from Lakewood High School this year with an associate's degree from EvCC through the Running Start program.
"My character is Leonide," Butler said. "She is trying to win the affection of a prince who has been trained to hate women. She has his throne and is trying to return it to him," Butler said, explaining that her family stole the throne a couple of generations ago.
She tries to trick him by dressing up as a man to win his friendship.
"It's a really good play," she said. "It's got some funny characters and is very dramatic and intense."
Butler has acted in two other high school plays: "Get Smart" directed by Scott Moberly and "Harvey" directed by Lydia Hycock.
Olson performed in seven high school plays before moving west and is in his third drama class at college.
"I like acting," he said. "I get to play the comic relief, along with another actor."
"We get to play the rolls that get all the laughs. It's pretty nice," he said.
The all-student cast also includes Erin Garner, Julie Hoang, Geoff Kuth, Alex DeRoest and Nick Oshie. The comedy is directed by Scott Francis, according to the school's drama teacher, Beth Peterson, and Vashawn Basnight is the stage manager.
"I ususually direct the show in the fall and find someone to do one in the spring," Peterson said. This adaptation by Stephen Wadsworth is a combination of traditional and modern. It's about the battle between love and reason and how love transforms those who experience it. The contemporary adaptation premiered in 1992 launching a stateside renaissance of all the 18th century comedies written by Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de Marivaux, Peterson said.
The screwball comedy starts at 7:30 p.m., May 28-31, in EvCC's Baker Hall, Room 120.
Admission is by donation. The play includes mature subject matter is not recommended for children.
For more information, call 425-388-9525 or visit www.everettcc.edu.