In Focus: Back in high school, the play could have been the thing
Last weekend, Sewickley Academy Senior School students — along with a couple of eighth-graders — invited the community to Rea Auditorium for their production of “Mame.”
And next month, Quaker Valley High School will present “Anything Goes.”
With the musical season in full swing, I can't help thinking back with regret on my high school years for not participating in any of the shows during my time there.
I can't really remember why I didn't, though I did have a job for the latter half of high school. I'd like to think being too busy with that was the reason rather than, at the time, me thinking I had something “better” to do such as sitting in my bedroom listening to some random grunge or punk band.
Maybe it was because I was shy and the thought of performing in front of a large group of people made my stomach turn.
On paper, I looked like a pretty good candidate for any high school musical.
I could carry a tune, at least.
During my freshman year, I acquired the nickname “lungs” from fellow choir students who said they could hear my voice over everyone else's in the alto section. Then, as a junior and again as a senior, I was selected as part of the school's show choir — 16 of the school's best vocalists who performed separately from the regular choir.
So, yes, I could sing, but unfortunately for me, you had to do more to be involved in the musical.
You had to dance.
During my time in the show choir, we did perform a few songs that also involved some dancing, and, even though the moves weren't elaborate, I still managed to mess them up. One year, one of my show choir classmates had the bright idea for us to perform the “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” medley for our school's talent show, complete with a dance routine. About halfway through the song, I ran into one of the speakers on the side of the stage with a loud thud.
To be in the musical, you also had to act.
And I guess this is where the regret comes in because I never even tried. I just assumed that I would be bad at it.
I have to give respect to any student who has or is currently participating in a musical.
No matter if you are the lead or part of the ensemble, you were at least brave enough to try.
Kristina Serafini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1405 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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