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Dying to Perform

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Dying to Perform
Alexa Maris takes curling rods out of her hair while getting ready to perform in Pierce College's production of "Hookman" in Pierce College's Performing Arts Building in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Oct. 25, 2019. Photo by Cecilia Parada.

Cast members of “Hookman” paint their faces with makeup and fake blood while music and laughter fills the dressing room as they prepare for their final performance in the Dow Arena Theatre. Like producing and executing a play, getting ready is just as collaborative as it is individualistic. From helping each other properly put on wigs to dancing to relieve nerves, the cast members of “Hookman” are there for each other ahead of a show.