Young playwright fights with eye liner and a blow dryer
“This is a disgrace to our country!” How can you Americans go around saying, ‘French’ toast and ‘French’ fries? These are not French foods!”
And with that, an evil plot is born that only two presidential cosmeticians can thwart.
Seventh-grader Hailey Abraham let her imagination run wild in her contest-winning play “The C.I.A. (Cosmetics In Action),” now being performed as part of the B Street Theatre School Tour, Fantasy Festival XXV. The Marina Village Middle School student’s three-act play is one of five on tour in Northern California schools. The theater group will perform at Lake Forest Elementary, right next to Marina Village in El Dorado Hills, on May 20.
“The C.I.A” tells the story of Tiffany and Maurice, two hair and make-up artists who serve a female U.S. president. When they overhear two Frenchmen conspiring to kidnap the president because they are offended by the misuse of “French” on U.S. menus the fearless stylists spring into action.
The “Chuck” fan pulled inspiration from her favorite TV spy and her best friend, who is from France.
“I thought my play was kind of out there,” Hailey, 12, said. “It’s not a normal topic.”
True, a fighter using makeup brushes and face power isn’t really “normal.” But it is entertaining. Hailey saw an earlier showing of “The C.I.A.” and said it was “cool to see the lines I wrote.”
“I love writing,” she explained. “It’s really fun.”
Hailey was the only Marina Village Middle School student to enter this year’s B Street contest but she isn’t the only playwright in her house. Her sister Emily Abraham, now 15, and friend Alison Bamford wrote a winning play in 2009, “Lost and Clueless.” That story follows two “valley girls” who go camping and, you guessed it, get lost.
And while telling fun stories might run in the family, Emily didn’t say she wanted to become the next Shakespeare. Instead the young lady with a metallic smile said she was considering a future career orthodontics. She already spends a lot of time in her orthodontist’s chair.
Other plays selected by B Street Theatre are: “I Lost My Mind” by Gavin Thompson and Megan Kelley of Loomis Grammar School, Loomis; “Pig and Lion” by Jesus Gomez and Veronica Sanchez of Bates Elementary School, Courtland; “Mishap in New York” by Amber Durazo and Quiera Nixon of Sutterville Elementary School, Sacramento; and “My Substitute Teacher” by Dakota Anno Johnson also from Sutterville Elementary School.
For more information visit bstreettheatre.org.