High school politician by day, aspiring thespian by night that sums up Willie Averill's life right now.
Averill, the son of Ric and Jeannie Averill, is both the student council president at Lawrence High School and a performer in "Clever Gertie Mae," the season kickoff for Ric Averill's Seem-to-be Players. He's also planning to appear in productions at the Riverfront Players, Ric Averill's amateur group that performs children's plays in the Lawrence Riverfront Plaza.
"They pretty much don't interfere with each other," Averill said about his two current callings. "The student council is confined to the morning, and we're rehearsing at night.''
Averill will join the Seem-to-be Players equity for a lunch benefit performance of "Gertie" beginning at 1 p.m. today at Liberty Hall, 642 Mass. Lunch will be served, and the play's curtain time is 1:30 p.m.
Averill, who's a senior at LHS, said he's thinking about majoring in theater and education in college. In the meantime, he's at the top of the high school political heap.
"It's been really fun," Averill said. "We've been meeting with the class officers, but we haven't had a meeting with the full council. We're getting themes together for homecoming.''
The "Gertie" performance comes just before the Seem-to-be Players head out to San Diego for a performance of "I Married Adventure: The Story of Martin and Osa Johnson" at the San Diego Zoo. The Johnsons were both Kansans and major benefactors of the San Diego Zoo, and the show is the script the Seem-to-be Players will tour in the Lawrence public schools beginning in mid-October. Ric Averill wrote both "Gertie" and "Adventure.''
In addition, the Seem-to-be Players are planning performances in October, December and February. Their schedule includes:
"Rumpelstiltskin," the Halloween show, at 7 p.m. Oct. 25, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Oct. 26 and 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Lawrence Arts Center.
"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 and 20 and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 and 22 at Liberty Hall.
"Tall Tales," 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Feb. 1 and 8 and 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Feb. 2 and 9 at the Arts Center.