What it’s like to be a Wildcat
The interesting thing about performing “High School Musical” is that when the movie came out in 2006, the current generation of high school kids was young children and adored the film. Now, those same children are given the opportunity to act in one of their favorite childhood films. The amount of people in this year’s spring show tops the number of actors we had in last year’s “The Drowsy Chaperone.” Many students around the school have already talked about going to see the show with their friends.
The play is just as intense as any sport offered at River Hill, and we often spend about 4 hours in rehearsal a day, excluding tech week. When tech week rolls around, all of us end up spending over 12 hours in the school each day, with rehearsal going until 7 or 8 at night. Obviously, this makes it hard to do homework, and it is really hard to do things on the weekends. Though it is really difficult to balance schoolwork and dress rehearsals, we definitely try to get schoolwork done first. On top of this, students often spend time outside of school practicing lines, learning music, and going over the choreography and blocking. Depending on the show, you may have to learn a new skill (such as flying, rollerblading, or playing the ukulele), which obviously takes practice outside of rehearsal. Good actors also often spend time researching the show, the time period it was set in, and other aspects such as references or allusions. The snow days are definitely a huge obstacle, especially for this show, but we feel pretty confident about the show and we really think the audiences will love it.
The show is a great way to socialize and meet new friends since so much time will be spent with them every day. This lets us look forward to every rehearsal. The most exciting part of the process, however, is seeing all of the different elements come together in the end. When you work on a show and make it the best it can be, you’d never expect the magic that happens when makeups hits faces, when lights hit the stage, and, in this show specifically, when glitter cannons shoot way up into the air. “Magical” is the closest possible word to describe the feeling that you get as an actor. At this point, all we are waiting for is an audience so that we can see how they react to all of the surprises that are in store.
Kyle McKee as Ryan Evans
Amanda Yuan as Gabriella Montez
Thaddeus Harold as Jack Scott
Patrick Gover as Troy Bolton