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Sisters stay together through ACT play

The phrase, "sisters who act together, stay together," could not be more true with Jaycie, Syd and Elise Foster, of Mitchell. The Foster sisters are seasoned performers with the theater, and have been in countless plays individually. But the ACT ...

Foster sisters Elise, left, Syd, center, and Jaycie, right, stand in front of the Pepsi-Cola Theatre on Wednesday in Mitchell. (Abbie Lambert / Republic)
Foster sisters Elise, left, Syd, center, and Jaycie, right, stand in front of the Pepsi-Cola Theatre on Wednesday in Mitchell. (Abbie Lambert / Republic)

The phrase, "sisters who act together, stay together," could not be more true with Jaycie, Syd and Elise Foster, of Mitchell.

The Foster sisters are seasoned performers with the theater, and have been in countless plays individually. But the ACT production of Beauty and the Beast is the first time all three have participated in the same play, and it is an all-hands-on-deck family affair with Jaycie and Elise acting onstage and Syd and the sisters' mom, Shari Juhnke-Foster, running lights and sound in the light box.

"We almost have the whole shindig in this," Jaycie Foster said.

Jaycie, the eldest of the Foster sisters at 21, began her theater career in high school after participating in sports for most of her childhood.

"I use to be a sports kid in middle school and I was sick of it," she said. "I had friends who were doing (theater) and I tried it out and fell in love with it."

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Much like her older sister, Syd Foster got involved with theater in high school because it was "what fine arts kids did," but soon fell in love with the inner workings of the department, especially the stage management position.

"I love backstage, stage managing-the works," she said. "When you are the stage manager, light operator, spotlight, or sound operator you get to see the magic right in front of your eyes and I love that."

The youngest of the sisters, Elise, followed in her sisters' footsteps acting in her first show when she was 9.

"I did it because Syd did it," she said.

But just like Jaycie and Syd Foster, Elise, now 11, soon developed a love for being onstage.

After Beauty and the Beast closes, the sisters don't yet have plans for future productions, but they do know this ACT production will not be their last.

As school begins again in August, Elise Foster will start sixth grade at Mitchell Middle School and she plans to audition for the annual middle school musical. Jaycie Foster will return to the University of South Dakota in Vermillion in the fall, where she is studying musical theater in hopes of one day achieving her ultimate dream of being a choreographer, and Syd Foster will begin her second year of studying elementary education and theatre at Dakota Wesleyan University.

They hope to have the opportunity to work on another production together because, of course, sisters who act together, stay together.

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