Director Dreams of an Enchanting Musical for 11th Production
Spring brings many things in March, including the spring musical. This year's musical was Cinderella. Mr. Blake Thompson announced it at this year’s Fall Extravaganza. Since Thompson could not attend the show, he announced it through Zoom. The musical kids began practicing in January the show Thompson had picked out the beginning of the year.
For the 11th year of the spring musical, he wanted to pick an older show.
“I wanted something classic and enchanting,” said Thompson. “I also knew we had the kids to fit these characters.”
Senior Paisley Longoria played the lead, Cinderella, during the musical for this year.
“My favorite musical that I've done is definitely Cinderella, especially since I was the lead,” said Longoria, who has been participating in musical since middle school.
To prepare for her part, she would practice her lines during passing periods and sometimes during class periods when finished with other work. She would also practice her singing with senior Ethan Piper, who played Prince Charming, and Ms. Katherine Welk.
“During dress rehearsals, Ethan and I would race to see who could do their outfit change faster,” said Longoria, who was one of the characters who had many costume changes.
Thompson and the cast were excited to get to present all of their hard work. Masks were required for the performances and the school wanted to keep attendance to 50% occupancy during the three performances.
Musical auditions usually take place in the music room. The students who are auditioning pick the role they want to try out for, then they get into groups. In these groups, they first get a couple of lines from the musical and try out with them. After, the groups individually go in and sing part of one musical song.
The judges are usually Mrs. Danelle Fields and Thompson. If someone who wants to audition does not make it to the auditions, Thompson allows them to try out by themselves in front of him. After trying out, a week later the students find out if they got in or not.
If they did get in, then they get to attend musical practice on specific days. Sometimes only a couple of people who are in the musical attend. Other days, all of them attend practice. Dress rehearsals usually start around the week that musical performances begin. Then they perform for the other students on a weekday during school hours.
Then they perform for the town on the weekend after the student performance. This year there were three performances scheduled instead of two in order to allow fewer audience members at a time and more social distancing.
Sophomore Rubi Hernandez was one of the students participating in musical this year. She has been doing musical since freshman year.
“I am excited to see how the musical looks when we start doing dress rehearsals,” said Hernandez, who plays a dove in this year's musical. “I feel really excited because Mr. Thompson said the costumes this year will be different from previous years (in terms of style).”