Behind the Curtain

Behind the Curtain: What it’s Really Like Being in Plays

By: Emily Memmott     

Editor’s Note:

This article was written shortly after the opening of “Mary Poppins” earlier this year, but we were unable to publish the article before the play ended.  However, with the opening of “Arsenic & Lace” this week, the article maintains some timeliness.  Take a look behind the scenes of the performing arts at SCHS and then go see “Arsenic & Lace” this week!

The cast of Mary Poppins at SCHS.

Every year SCHS puts on a musical. Students are required to prepare a 1-minute song to try out with and learn part of a dance. Following tryouts, callbacks happen a few days later to see who gets the leads. From there rehearsals start. Every day after school at 3 pm. 

To be in the play requires students to be 100 percent dedicated to their parts. The play must be priority over sports, jobs, and other after school activities. Other responsibilities need to work around the play, not the other way around.

Students in the play really start to appreciate days they don’t have rehearsals. When the bell rings for school to get out, and then they realize they have to stay for 2-3 sometimes 4 hours extra, it’s almost painful.

Though long, rehearsals can be really enjoyable if students go in having a good attitude. During practices students have the opportunity to make new friends, and to step out of their comfort zones.

Sophomore Alison Alverson said “I wanted to do the play because I love being on stage and performing” She continued and explained, “My favorite part about being in plays is hanging out with my friends and making new friends every day for 2-3 hours, it’s awesome.”

Being involved in the school plays is such a great opportunity, and truly builds students confidence and self-esteem. Senior Kasia Watson shared her experience with the plays and said, “Being in the plays has increased my confidence and communication skills in so many different ways. Having the opportunity to talk, sing and perform onstage has allowed me to be able to feel more comfortable in front of large groups, and has taught me to project and articulate my words, which are great basic communication skills to have. For me the best part about being in the plays is being surrounded by such a diverse group of students. There are no stereotypes in theater. I mean sure we’re theater nerds but that just means we love what we do.”

That’s the great thing about theater. Everyone is so different but they work together to make a bunch of words on a script come alive. By the end of the play, students leave with new friendships, and more confidence. There are so many ways to get involved in high school, this is such a cool way to do that, and the best part is that students learn skills they can use later on in life.