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By Al Stover
Staff Reporter 

Albertsen channels Chekov for senior project


Al Stover

Nadja Senn (left) portraying Helena Ivanovna Popov listens as Aaron Johnson (right), who plays Grigori Steponovich Smirov, tries to tell her about his sudden feelings for her during a scene from Anton Chekov's "The Boor." Medical Lake high school student Kyla Albertsen put together a version of the play for her senior project.

Medical Lake High School student Kyla Albertsen got a chance to show audiences her passion for theater as she presented "The Boor," as her senior project.

"The Boor" is a one-act comedy play from Russian author Anton Chekov. The story revolves around the recently widowed Helena Ivanovna Popov, who is still mourning the loss of her husband, and Grigori Steponovich Smirnov, who claims that Popov's spouse owes him money. What begins as hostility between the two, turns into romance.

Audiences laughed as Popov and Smirnov, portrayed by Nadja Senn and Aaron Johnson, respectively, got into heated exchanges - almost to where they were going to duel each other with pistols. They also enjoyed the antics of the supporting characters, especially Luka the servant, played by Skyler Wachtel.

Albertsen picked the "The Boor," which she said "spoke to her." She also helped design the scene, props and costumes and co-directed the play with Janine Warrington. Alex Carl, Rachel Lentz, and Catie Sweet also helped Albertsen with the stage production.

"It was a little hectic at times, but we all worked together like a family," Albertsen said.

Albertsen has been involved with the Medical Lake High School theater program since her freshmen year. She plans to study theater at both Spokane Falls Community College and Eastern Washington University and wants to be a drama teacher.

Albertsen watched the play from offstage. She said seeing her hard work come to life, was better than she could have imagined.

"It was everything that I dreamt it would be" Albertsen said.

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