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Excitement builds for ‘Musical’

Drama teacher Sara Noah, left, reads a script as Logan Cook, a senior, rehearses. Photo by Jakob Berger

Ever since auditions took place, Bear River’s upcoming school play “High School Musical” is fast becoming a smash hit.

Cast members say they are excited to start performing on stage. The Bear River staff organizing the play, Band teacher David Ahrens and Drama teacher Sara Noah, are also working hard to prepare the students. The main cast was selected by Mr. Ahrens and Ms. Noah. The lead characters will be performed by junior Sarah DeRise and seniors Logan Cook, Trace Anderson and Lexi Boone.

I chose High School Musical as my first show here for several reasons,” said Ms. Noah. “It is well-known by many students and, because of our very short rehearsal period, this helps us with time constraints since most people already know the music and story. I also have directed this show before and it is very fun and lively. The music is catchy, the plot is fun, and it’s just a happy, happy show — very Disney!  I’m hoping we’ll have good audiences too.”

The show’s stage manager Scout Pettitt, a freshman, oversees the production. She said she observes the play and helps keep it on track. Her assistant Savannah Earl, a junior, also contributes to the job of stage manager. The students said they work together to make the play great.

“The activities we are preparing for are going to be fun and will help the play be more lively and entertaining,” said Pettitt. “There isn’t much going on other than rehearsal for main songs and for the lead roles. However, my job so far individually has been extremely fun and I believe I am handling the majority of what’s going on well.”

Pettitt expressed eagerness for the production to begin.

“What I look forward to most during the production of this play is being able to work on set, handle the majority of the props, and being able to interact with the characters while getting to know more about everyone I am working with,” Pettitt said.

The cast of the play rehearse everyday after school to improve the experience of the play. Cast members said the songs, choreography, and singing aspect of the play are enjoyable. They are also excited to put their best effort in to make the play great and spontaneous for the audience to enjoy.

“I feel the play is definitely something special,” DeRise said. “I also believe that the outcome will be amazing. I love the role that I have. … The funnest part is being able to work with new faces while having fun getting to know them.”

“Yes, I am looking forward to the play and the work that we have to do,” Anderson commented. “I believe it will end up being great. … The part I was given was a little unexpected, but I was just hoping to be apart of it. I am definitely excited.”

Anderson said working on the production will be positive for him.

“I enjoy the emotional bonding between all the cast members and being able to all be friends while being able to express yourself,” Anderson said.

”I think that the play is awesome because I love the movie and being able to be apart of it,” Boone said. “I am looking forward to the outcome, absolutely. … I honestly didn’t think I was going to receive a lead role but I like my part a lot. … Honestly, I enjoy everything in general but the cast is amazing and knowing the people is nice. The music is fun and energetic as well.”

Lead actor Cook agreed with his castmates.

“It’s going to be fun being able to perform and such,” he said. “The part I got was perfect. I personally enjoy the music the most.”

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Excitement builds for ‘Musical’