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KHS graduate now living on Mediterranean island - acted in Sunday Night Movie

You may have missed Alison (Curwick) Luke in last week's Sunday Night Movie "Submerged," based on the novel "The Terrible Hours," about a submarine that went down prior to World War II.

Luke now lives in Malta, the main island in a group of islands in the Mediterranean south of Sicily, where filming for the movie took place.

She was cast as an extra in the movie and had only one speaking line.

But she was able to work closely with the film's director, James Keech and the principal actors, Sam Neil, who starred in Jurassic Park, and James Sikking, of Doogie Houser and Hill Street Blues fame.

A 1990 Kingman High School graduate, Luke was interviewed via email for this report.

Luke's journey from small-town student enrolled in drama classes to an actress living in Malta has been a series of adventures that would make an interesting movie in itself.

The thespian lived in Kingman from 1984 until 1990, and even after moving away, continued to visit her parents during the summer months.

"I was in every play and musical production (while at Kingman High School).

I worked with Mrs.

Aquliar and was enrolled in all of her drama classes.

I also worked with Mr.

Black and had Barry Stein for choir," she said.

After high school she attended Northern Arizona University with the help of a partial music scholarship, but graduated with a degree in public relations.

She also met her future husband, Jamie Luke at NAU.

They have been together for almost 11 years and married April 3, 1989.

After graduating from college, Luke said she moved to Phoenix where she was the public relations coordinator for St.

Mary's Food Bank, and was also signed by a talent agency and did some modeling on the side.

In 1998 Luke moved to Portland, Ore., with Jamie, who had a job opportunity as an electrical engineer for Schlumberger.

In July 2000 Jamie was offered a position as manger of site operations in Malta with the same firm, she said.

"We had no idea where Malta was.

We decided it was perfect timing for an adventure, and we sold our house, our cars, and our Bayliner boat and moved 5,000 miles away," Luke said.

"It is a different world here.

The Maltese are very caring people who have survived on this island almost 7,000 years.

The history is incredibly rich here… there are archeological remains older than the pyramids… I am taking this opportunity to lean French and Italian from a Maltese/French instructor."

Luke said she and Jamie have traveled to London and France for holidays and she plays host to high school friends such as Jamaica Smith, who still lives in Kingman.

"Living in Malta is like no place I've ever lived.

There are vegetable carts at every corner, along with fresh butcher stands," she said.

"All the buildings and homes are constructed of Maltese Stone, which is a pale yellow.

The architecture is gorgeous.

In the winter, all the fields are covered with Shamrock and its yellow flower bloom – it's beautiful.

The Mediterranean sea is so clear and calm.

It's invigorating to see the open sea while driving along the coast line."

The couple lives in Mellieha, in a villa called Savannah (Luke said the Maltese people name their homes).

Luke said she heard they needed Americans for the movie, "Submerged," so auditioned with about 40 other individuals and was called back.

She was one of the 15 or so chosen.

"I really enjoyed the 1930s wardrobe we were dressed in.

I had to wear a gold blouse with a matching gold hat… I had to wear a wig as well.

It was long and brown with ringlets," she said.

"It took about two hours to get dressed and have my hair done each morning.

The crew was from Italy and hardly spoke English… but very sweet and we always exchanged a friendly "bon journo" and "ciao!" each day.


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