A matchmaker meets her biggest challenge in "Hello, Dolly!," the latest production taken on by Laguna Beach High School's Park Avenue Players that opens this weekend.
The play, which takes place at the turn of the century in New York, first debuted in 1964 on Broadway and has had the likes of Carol Channing and Barbara Streisand play the lead.
This time around, senior Haley Castuera is in the lead role of Dolly Gallagher Levi, a widow who matches lonely singles with their "perfect partners."
"The hardest part was acting older," Haley said over the phone earlier this week.
It was subtle but important things the 18-year-old had to get used to.
"Speaking slower, not moving as much when I talk," Haley continued. "Just getting into the mind set that you've been on this planet that long and what you might have seen and experienced."
Haley, who is headed to Boston University in the fall, is no newbie to theater and acting — she's been in a number of productions since childhood and most recently had a leading role in the school's production of "The Sound of Music."