I’ve always told people they should participate in at least one theater production in high school. Whether they’re moving sets backstage, playing in the orchestra pit, or taking part in an onstage kick line, they will get to experience how theater builds character and confidence. Taking part in a theater production allows students to branch out and try new things, while teaching them that they can do these strange new things in front of an audience. They become more outgoing when expressing themselves both on and offstage.
Every year the Senior Show gives students who don’t normally do theater the opportunity to experience cast bonding and the exhilaration of performing in front of an audience. This year’s Senior Show, Superheroes, directed by Mary Jo Duffy, explores the lives of superheroes and sidekicks on their days off. The leading roles are filled by both usual theater kids and those who have never before set foot onstage. In the cast, athletes, musicians, and academics all come together to dance and sing. It’s so exciting to see the kids who have never done theater before learn how to memorize their lines and choreography and react to the loud cheers of an audience. Many kids find that they truly enjoy performing and end up auditioning for the spring musical.