Sequim High School’s Rising Star
Sequim High School has a lot of talented students, but not many can say their art has made it into Sequim’s Blue Whole Art Gallery. However, one student has earned that bragging right- and his name is Danny Willis, Danny moved from Florida to Sequim last year and his art made its first appearance in the gallery on Friday, September 6th of this year, the same night of Sequim High’s football game against Canada. The high school’s vocal ensemble was there to sing Canada’s national anthem, and many of them left the game afterwards to attend the gallery showing to support Danny’s and the Willis family.
The Willis family had the entire front window display at the gallery. The art featured many different forms, including painting, woodwork, and even two large snakes made entirely from metal bottle caps. Much of the art was made by Danny’s father, David.
Later on that same night, Danny, also an actor was in a play called “Becky’s New Car.” September 6th was also its first showing at Sequim’s Olympic Theater Arts. Willis played the main character’s son, Chris- a very lazy, yet eccentric, psychology student who still lives at home at the age of twenty-six. The play is a comedy, and Willis plays a large part in it. His character intentionally comes off as annoying, to which his father responded, “You can’t always get the main parts, but you can still have fun with what you do end up with.”
One of Willis’s fellow actors, Melinda Gelder, had very positive things to say about him. “He’s very outgoing and always really happy,” she said. “He’s always a great person to be around. He seems to have a lot of fun.”
On top of acting and art, Willis is also a part of Sequim High School’s select choir, which requires an audition. This is his second year with the choir, which participates in a lot of events and is generally rather busy.
“He doesn’t really get discouraged,” Gelder said. “He’s a great actor and person, and I can see him really going somewhere with his future.”