On Friday night of the Musical, I went out after the show with the other directors and some others of our friends. We do this every year and talk late into the night about music, the musical, and anything else we can think of. One of those topics was about how the musical is the one thing that brings people from all different backgrounds together. Now, don’t quote us on this, but we couldn’t think of any other activity at HHS that could bring together such an eccentric group of people together, and that without this collection of people, the show could not go on.
Before we even start rehearsals, the adults are thinking very different things:
- How much lumber do I need for the show?
- Will anyone understand me if I say chasse chine?
- How many kids will join the pit this year?
- What am I going to do with all this a cappella singing?
Now add the 118 students involved in this endeavor and smile. The special skills are mind-boggling:
- Pulling a bow across a stringed instrument
- Puncturing wood with screws
- Learning a highland reel
- Cutting patterns for skirts
- Hanging an ETC source 4 (stage light)
- Patching the sound system
- Playing a band instrument
- Dancing a paint brush across canvas
- Creating a corset
- Learn each line by rote
- Singing odd words
- Threading a needle
- Creating a work of art on an actors face
- Reading the language of music
- Jeté, Jeté, Jeté, pada bourrée
Without each and everyone’s different specialty, the show would not be good, would not be unique and would certainly not be a musical. I have always know that what we do in the Fine Arts Department is pretty special, but the musical just proves that point over and over again each year. It takes a special bread of people to be involved in a musical, and I’m glad I get to work with them each year.