October 20, 2017 11:55 am

As a tribute to the natural beauty surrounding the Pacific Northwest, Pierce College Puyallup Theatre presents its original fall production "Wild Washington." The production takes place Nov. 2-4 at 7 p.m. in Puyallup’s Arts and Allied Health Building Black Box Theatre.

The play will explore our connections within the ecology of Western Washington – our flora, our fauna, our wind and our waves. From beaches to mountains, shore to sea – how do we find our place in the family of things? To what extent do we consider ourselves a part of nature?

The show’s cast of 10 has had the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in all aspects of producing a play, from script development to set design and directing. Director Nichole Nicholson calls this devised method of stage production a unique experience for everyone.

“Students are really able to build teamwork skills, because it is such a collaborative process,” she said. “We have a lot of first-time actors involved, and what happens when you work in a big group like this is people’s natural talents begin to emerge. The process gives students inspiration to work from, and it’s such a fun experience.”

The play will focus on three unique ecosystems found in Washington: the rainforest, Mount Rainier, and the Puget Sound. Nicholson hopes audiences will develop an appreciation for these fragile ecosystems and the natural beauty surrounding us all.

"Wild Washington" takes places Nov. 2-4 at 7 p.m. in Pierce College Puyallup’s Arts and Allied Health Building Black Box Theatre. Tickets are $5 for general admission, and free for Pierce College students with identification.