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Alivia Clark '22 Appears in '18 to Party'

Continuing her burgeoning career on stage and screen, Pingry's Alivia Clark '22, a member of the School's Music and Drama Departments, appears in the new independent film 18 to Party. Joining her in the cast is Sam McCarthy, son of actor and author Andrew McCarthy '80.

18 to Party takes place over a single evening in 1984, outside a small-town nightclub, where a group of eighth-graders gathers and grapples with issues in their lives. "Gorgeously atmospheric, with a pulsating sense of anticipation that steadily builds, the film pulls us into the fears, wounds and desires of each character, ultimately revealing that hope may arrive from the last place we expect," according to the festival's brochure, and the film recalls "the spirit of classic '80s teen movies like Stand By Me and The Breakfast Club."

In an online video, Alivia answers a question posed to cast members: "What is your character waiting for?" For her character, Amy, we learn of a backstory involving her father and that Amy had to mature quickly. Alivia describes her as "smart . . . wise beyond her years . . . she would do anything for the people she loves . . . she deserves someone to treat her right." So, in response to the question, Alivia says: "She's waiting for her life to feel fun and normal again."

The world premiere takes place this Friday evening, October 4 at The Woodstock Film Festival, with a second screening on Sunday afternoon, October 5.

Photos courtesy of film trailer.

Contact: Greg Waxberg '96, Communications Writer