Middle School students rehearsed for six weeks to prepare for an exciting three-day Broadway performance aptly named The Show Must Go On! Despite the many challenges that the students faced this year with social distancing measures still in place, these young performers were able to create a virtual experience to bring the musicals to life. The show featured a combination of live solo, duet, and trio performances accompanied by prerecorded full-cast and small group acts.
Over 30 students participated in the performance, including Grade 7 student Hathaway Liparidis. “Our preparations for the play consisted of multiple rehearsals through the week. For this performance, we started to rehearse our scenes and songs one by one. We practiced group songs weekly and worked to prepare our dances, which all paid off for our performance in the end,” she shared about the rigorous preparation process for the show.
The show, which ran from May 12 to 14, consisted of different scenes and songs from a medley of Broadway musicals. Each performance began with an introductory synopsis of the storyline featuring reenactments from famous Broadway musicals such as Billy Elliott, Seussical the Musical, and Thirteen, the only Broadway musical to have a cast and band entirely made of teenagers.
Grade 8 student Isabella Kolenberg described the experience of the show as being “truly amazing” and added that the musical helped her grow as an actress. “What I like about the performing arts is that you can express yourself. Being able to sing and act for others is an amazing feeling. I am so glad to have had so much support through this process for my last Middle School musical,” she said.
Despite the challenging year, Grade 6 student Alex Burgoyne shared, “I had so much fun preparing for the play. I look forward to performing again next time!” The full performance of “The Show Must Go On” is available to watch online.