Clay City Jr./Sr. High School sophomore Bretton Tryon, 16, recently took part in a production for the Fatal Attractions program, which is on Animal Planet.
"It was a pretty exciting and a cool experience," Tryon said. "I've done a lot of skits and reenactments, but this was my first experience on such a large scale."
His teacher, Sarah Titzer, nominated Tryon for the role.
"Jean Herrberg from the Exotic Feline Rescue Center contacted me a couple of weeks ago wanting to know if I had any male actors, age 15-16 years-old, from my theatre arts class or drama club that would be able to take part in a reenactment for Animal Planet" Titzer said. "Bretton is the only student that fit those requirements from my theatre arts program. So, by default, he got the opportunity to participate in the reenactment."
However, Titzer had every bit of confidence in her student.
"I knew that Bretton would do a great job," she said. "He is very good at portraying characters, he projects his voice well, and he displays very clear emotions through facial expressions."
Tryon is the son of Glenna and Rob Cheeseman, Bowling Green, and Rick Tryon, Rosedale.
"I thought it would be a good experience," he said. "But it was way cooler. It took 12 hours to shoot a 20-minute picture."
In the show, Tryon plays the oldest of three brothers in a family. The mom and youngest brother are feeding the lion when the lion attacks the mom and she gets tangled in the fence. The youngest brother goes and gets help from the older brothers while Tryon helps to pull the mother free.
"This was quite an opportunity for him. Being a part of a nationally televised program is not an everyday occurrence," Titzer said. "He came back to class the following day and was able to tell us about his experience. The students were enthralled to hear about working with the crew and taking part in the lengthy videotaping process. He is excited to see the final product and will hopefully be able to share it with the class."
Tryon, who is still excited about the show and acting, isn't allowing the fame of being part of a national program to go to his head.