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High school musical has big commitment

Kaytlin Shinkey
Kaytlin Shinkey

Everyone is always so quick to appreciate basketball and baseball games, but what about appreciating the arts?

It is important to appreciate fine arts because not everyone is good at sports and can express themselves through other areas like art and theater. There are also many valuable skills that can be learned within fine arts, specifically theater, like public speaking, communication and learning how to work efficiently with everyone else involved. Being able to learn these skills at a younger age will help people for the rest of their lives. It is difficult to work with someone who does not know how to take input from others or cannot communicate effectively.   

Learning how to work together is one of the most important things that go into a musical. It doesn’t matter if there are two people that don’t get along off stage because once they step on stage, their differences are disregarded so they can perform together. If students learn to do this in high school, they will have an easier time dealing with people within their workplace.

Public speaking is another aspect that is developed through theater. Having a line on stage forces one out of their comfort zone and to have confidence in what they are saying. Eventually, the person who is afraid of speaking in front of a crowd is no longer scared.  

This weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Flanagan-Cornell students are showing off their hard work and talent in their 51st musical production, “Annie.” This year’s lead roles are played by Celina Selby as Annie; Noah Welch as Daddy Warbucks; Ashley Simmons as Grace Farrell; and Hannah Jones as Ms. Hannigan.

Being involved in a musical is a big commitment. Students must manage their time efficiently, so that those who hold part-time jobs can work, make sure their homework is done and attend practices. The cast has been attending practices since the last week of January to learn choreography, lines and songs.   

Aside from what happens on the stage, there is also a lot in relation to what happens behind the scenes. Without a backstage crew, the show would not be able to go on. There would be no scene changes, smooth transitions, or anyone to make sure that everyone in the scene has exactly what they need.

Personally, I never realized how important backstage was, or how much work went into a play, until this year. Being a part of the backstage crew is an important job because everyone is relying on them to get the show going and keep it running smoothly, so the rest of the cast can do their job and show the audience what they are capable of.   

It is common for many people to think, “Oh, it’s just a play.” A play demands so much time and effort for only a few performances.

If you are not busy this weekend, I would highly encourage you to come out and watch “Annie.” If you cannot make it, I would encourage you to attend a play some other time and while you are watching to appreciate how much effort everyone puts in to make it happen. The show times are 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. 

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