A Look Behind the Curtain
Overcoming unforeseen circumstances, the Westmoore theatre company practice double-casting to put on the spring musical
The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow.
Bursting on the stage with hope and vitality the musical Anne, consisting of two casts, won over the crowds’ heart. March 4th, the auditorium stage came alive with the student performances.
During the months of rehearsals leading up to the performance, the director Mrs. Landrum’s father passed away from significant spontaneous brain bleed on December 16.
Her father, Mr. Robert Hill was a longtime supporter of all the drama performances since 1985, sitting in same house seat for 35 years. He helped with running errands throughout the drama season. Joining together, the cast dedicated the entire production in his memory.
“His passing affected the show greatly and made us want to try harder for it to be the best show for Mrs. Landrum,” Cloud said.
The play had double casts, which means that the leading roles had two actors/actresses to alternate shows. The pairs, called a double, would go to each performance to help each other with costume changes or anything else they needed. They would also be there for when one got hurt and the double needed to step in.
|Annie: Julia Gunther; Delaney Horton||Mrs. Greer: Grace Valentine|
|Miss Hannigan: Marissa Flores; Alyssa Hill||Cecille: Madi Owens|
|Molly: Analisa Wilson; Deliah Martinez||Annette: Madi Howe|
|Pepper: Hope Williams||Bert Healy: Landon Simms; Ethan Spotts|
|Tessie: Breonna Brannon||Fred McCracken: Landon Simms; Ethan Spotts|
|Duffy: Kylie Weldon||Bonnie Boylan: Ann Shackleton|
|Kate: Riley Ng||Connie Boylan: Aurian Early|
|July: Sophie Rodgers||Ronnie Boylan: Brooklyn Early|
|Mr. Bundles: Casey Harper; Christopher Sollenberger||Radio Sound Man: Lathan Jefferies: Meli Salcido|
|Apple Seller: Breyden Irvin||Radio Producer: Brylea Cloud; Madeline Nesiba|
|Dog Catcher #1: Quentin Hartzell||President Roosevelt: Hayden Riley|
|Dog Catcher #2: Mary Fayfitch||Perkins: Janet Phomphiphack|
|Lt. Ward: Hayden Riley||Hull: Tristen Seide|
|Sophie the Kettle: Kennadee Rader||Morgenthau: Jase Phomphiphack|
|Grace Ferrell: Brylea Cloud; Madeline Nesiba||Ickes: Nate Schoolcraft|
|Rooster: Lathan Jefferies; Meli Salcido||Howe: Ethan Pham|
|Lily St. Regis: Aaliyah Shearer; Kate Wenger||Justice Brandeis: Ethan Spotts|
|Mr. Warbucks: Cayce Harper; Christopher Sollenberger||Stray Dog #1: Burton Guster|
|Star to Be: Halle Campbell||Stray Dog #2: Lady|
|Drake: Jackson Branum||Stray Dog #3: Sandy|
|Mrs. Pugh: Faith Tames|
Both casts would rehearse and take notes to improve their performance. When one cast was performing during a rehearsal, the other cast would take notes. They helped each other out to perform at their best.
Once they got started on casting and rehearsals, everyone felt the pressure of improving from their previous musical. Everyone that contributed spent their nights after school until sun-down to perfect their performance.
“There were many times of tears and frustration but hard work and encouragement from everyone really was helpful,” Gunter said.
After 99.5 hours of rehearsals, hours upon hours after school over a series of 4 months, the show was ready to take the stage.
“My favorite part was the final scene, which was done extremely well,” sophomore Hailey Carroll said after attending the school performance. The cast had a blast performing and bringing the classic story to life for the audience. “I was so impressed with the quality of the acting, sets, and the vocals,” audience attendant, Julie Schofield, said. “It was not what you expect when going to a high school performance.”
Annie is the story of an orphan that finds a home with Daddy Warbucks. This musical found a home in the history of Westmoore drama department performances filled with optimism and hope. Two things all students need as they graduate.
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