Northam’s path in theater wasn’t too different from Biagi’s. From a young age, she said she was interested in dancing, but started acting when she was 8 years old. She performed at the Clarksville Little Theater then starting taking drama classes at the Southern Indiana School for the Arts.
From the time she was a freshman in high school, she said she “dove head first” into the theater program there.
Michael Howard, one of the theater directors, said he didn’t realize they were cousins until later this school year, but he’s glad to have both of them on board for their productions.
“Juli and Reilly, they’re just two fun and energetic young women,” Howard said. “They’re both so humble and ready to work at any time you need them to. They’re spot on and really leaders.”But neither has seen the other’s show yet. Since both are opening this weekend, they haven’t been able to watch each other’s rehearsals. They’ll see their performances for the first time Thursday and Friday.
But that hasn’t kept the two of them from providing support in difficult rehearsals.
“Sometimes, we’ll text each other about being nervous and we’ll just talk each other through it,” Northam said.
For “Our Town,” Howard said students in the show get a look at a different way to present theater to an audience — almost completely without props.
“It’s a very interesting one because it’s not the glitz and the glam that people are used to when they come to a high school show,” Howard said. “As a director, it’s been a challenge for me to strip everything away, because the message of the story is that when you take everything away, do you really notice every little thing in your life and all the things you take for granted?”