Lorain County Community College student, Skylar Higgins will be playing Lillian Hubiak in the upcoming musical, “Blooms of Steel”. The role is a challenging one for both Higgins and her co-stars. But the play has given her a new appreciation for Lorain and its surrounding areas, Higgins said.
“Blooms of Steel” outlines unions before they were corrupt, including several familiar places area locals. It’s sure to evoke a sense of pride in the community, Higgins said, promising that audiences will feel a spectrum of emotions. Some familiar scenes are in the musical, including (ironically) the Lorain Palace Theater where the show will be performed.
This is the fifth play Higgins has been cast in, adding that it’s a great activity to be involved with. “It gets you out of your shell,” Higgins said. “You [the cast] learn to trust each other, and you become a family for a couple of months,” she said.
Higgin’s first role was in “Scrooge”, based on “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. The camaraderie and company of people who love doing the same thing are one of Higgins favorite parts of theater. “I love being able to sing and act and work towards a common goal,” she said. “There is nothing like the thrill of opening night when all your cast’s hard work is put on display. It’s amazing and I love it.”
In 2013 she decided to audition for a musical at Ole Town Hall Theater when one of her friends auditioned. Surprisingly, she landed a role and she has been enjoying performing ever since.
Higgins, a Journalism 151 student at LCCC, has big plans. Currently, she is a full-time junior in the Early College High School program. Higgins will have earned an Associates of Arts degree by the end of next year. After school, she wants to join the Naval Academy and perhaps perform in one of their many musicals and dramas. Secretly, she hopes that a talent scout will be in the audience and discover her, Higgins said.
“Blooms of Steel”, written by Kimberly Aldrich-Ceja, will be performed at the Lorain Palace Theater, located at 617 Broadway in Lorain. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. April 22-23, and at 3 p.m. on April 24. The show is under the director of Skip Corris and the musical director of David Blazer. Tickets can be purchased at Stocker Center. The cost is $8.00, or $7.00 with a student ID. Only a limited number of tickets will be sold at the Stocker Center. After that, tickets must be purchased for full price at the Lorain Palace Theater.