What are the demands for performing a high school musical? For starters, people. A musical needs a producer and director (Carrie Sayer), an orchestra director (Rick Catherman), an auditorium manager and set designer (Chuck Griffin)...and a pianist, a costumer, a choreographer, someone in charge of makeup, a publicity director, multiple technicians, a stage manager, an army of parent volunteers to provide food and other services...and of course, the many musicians and actors/actresses. Next, a show must have time - and lots of it. Students tried out for the various roles in the script days after school started and began practices immediately after that: 10 weeks of rehearsing in all. As the performance dates drew closer, students on stage and in the orchestra would frequently rehearse 5 hours a night in preparation. A show demands communication and teamwork as well. Parents need to know pick-up times. The set director needs to know which sets to build. The pit director and producer have to align their rehearsal times. The make-up artist wants to show up with her kit for the right scenes. Keeping everyone in the loop weekly - if not daily - must happen in order for a show to be ready for performance. And finally...a show demands that all involved have fun. Performing a full musical requires time, effort, perseverance...but in the end those who are involved enjoy every minute of the journey.
|The Director and cast of "Guys and Dolls"|