Most Pawhuska residents who know Tre Harper probably think of the young man as a talented athlete, but there’s much more to him than that.
Since finishing classwork for his Pawhuska High School diploma — he is scheduled to graduate this Friday night at Ormond Beach Memorial Stadium — Harper has acted in a supporting role in a film called “Rejection 2: Darrin’s Revenge,” which was shot in Birmingham, Alabama.
Harper said he has been interested in acting for a long time. He recalled that when he was perhaps 8-10 years old, he saw a flyer at the Pawhuska Library for a play at the Constantine Theater. Without seeking parental permission, he telephoned the director and ended up with a one-line role.
“I had the time of my life,” he says.
Harper’s route to his supporting role as “Khaleel” in “Rejection 2” was similar in that he went looking for the opportunity. He said he used an acting agency online to gain information about casting calls. He contacted the director of “Rejection 2” and auditioned via Zoom. He went to Birmingham for the filming and enjoyed the experience.
“I had a super-great time. I had a lot of fun down there,” Harper said.
Now, he has got something to offer his classmates in Pawhuska High’s class of 2020, as well as other friends, relatives and the Pawhuska community in general. A free premiere of “Rejection 2” is scheduled for Thursday, July 16, at the Constantine Theater, with the doors opening at 6 p.m. and the film beginning at 6:30 p.m.
“All 2020 seniors in attendance will be treated to a VIP experience,” Harper said.
He said that he is continuing to look for opportunities to act. His role in”Rejection 2” allowed him to learn more about the craft of acting, and whetted his appetite for more.
“I’ve been interested forever,” Harper said. “When the next opportunity presents itself, I am more than likely going to jump on that one, really regardless of what it is.”
Harper said his parents and siblings are very excited for him. His parents are Theron and Charity Harper. His siblings include Payton Harper, an older sister; Tatim Moore, an older brother; Pari Harper, a younger sister; and Roderick Tisdale, a younger brother.
So if you see Tre Harper in his current day job as a greeter at P-Town Pizza, or if you saw him in plays at the Constantine Theater during his formative years, you may be in a position one day to tell folks that you knew him back in the day, before his drive and ambition carried him on to greater things.