Story by Annie Walters
Every year, Clay Middle School puts on a show for students and teachers alike.
Peter Pan, Jr. which will be premiering November 5, 6, and 7th, is this year’s annual musical. Including 66 roles and 15 stage crew members, this year’s musical is sure to be a blast.
“There were so many people that auditioned. I wanted everybody who auditioned to be in the musical, but unfortunately we can’t do that,” Mrs. Miranda Susie, choir and musical director, director.
During the audition process, everyone sang and practiced speaking parts, then the audition committee, which included Mr. Evan Williams and Mr. Patrick Anderson, decided if a certain person seemed like a certain character based on their voice and acting ability.
To audition, Piper Williams, eighth grade, who is playing the lead role of Peter Pan, said that students had to sign up for one of the three audition times.
“You just went in and sang the song,” she said.
Kim Rhea, eighth grade, who is playing the part of Tinkerbell, explained that she didn’t let her nerves overtake her during the audition, and gave it her all.
Rehearsals for Peter Pan Jr. are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays until five, where all the people who will be in the musical will practice speaking and/or singing their parts, dancing, and learning where to walk and how to interact with things on set.
Some people don’t have to show up for rehearsals on certain days depending on what they’re working on during that rehearsal.
“We have mermaids, fairies, and lost boys,” Susie said excitedly.
Susie said Peter Pan Jr.was chosen to be this years school musical because: “It’s fun, we have the right number of people, and [it] has lots of parts.”
The system of preparing for the musical involves making the list of songs, scenes, characters, dances, and blocking.
“And then we start putting it all together and it’s really fun,” Susie said.
Additional reporting by Tessa Collinson
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