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Published March 03, 2012, 11:56 PM

Davies Theater Students Fly High

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Theater students at Davies High in Fargo are flying high about their next performance.

Theater students at Davies High in Fargo are flying high about their next performance. Their performance of “A Midsummer Night's Dream" will be like none before.

Alexys Hewitt – Playing Puck: “It was scary at first, but now that I am so used to it, we have been doing it for three days, five hours a day, and it’s not that bad anymore.”

Alexys Hewitt, who is playing the part of Puck couldn't believe it when she found out she'd be flying in this performance, rather than just her usual great acting.

Alexys Hewitt – Playing Puck: “Oh yea we are going to fly, we are going to have all of this stuff, and I was like cool, and I didn't think I was going to be one of the ones flying.”

This Davies Junior has been in too many plays to count, but this is the first ever play in flight.

Alexys Hewitt – Playing Puck: “It's definitely, well with my harness, it is called a tumble harness, so I really don't have to do anything other than get my momentum going straight or up and down.”

Hewitt isn't only relying on her skill and confidence, but also on the tech crew, which is made up of students just like her.

Alexys Hewitt – Playing Puck: “I am just trying not to think about that, I trust them obviously, but it is a scary thought to know that there is three freshman boys pulling me.”

These students have been practicing around the clock to make sure they will be ready and safe come show time.

David Wilhelmi - Technical Theater Director: “Training, both the students who operate it and the students who fly in it, not only learning the specific cues, but learning how to actually operate everything safely.”

David Wilhelmi, the Technical Theater Director, wanted to make this performance different than ones in the past, that’s why he chose to add flying fries.

David Wilhelmi - Technical Theater Director: “There is no reason not try to do things in a professional manner and we just try to stay within our budget and spend a lot of time putting a lot of care and effort into putting it together.”

Although some of the actors have had to overcome their fears of flying; like they say in the acting world the show must go on. As for Hewitt there may be more flying in her future.

Alexys Hewitt – Playing Puck: “It is so fun and I hope I get to do something like this later in my life.”

The equipment cost nearly 10 thousand dollars to rent. It was paid for by fundraising and Davies Fine Arts boosters. The show opens on the 15th.