SCCHS ready for big chal­lenge of per­form­ing Sound of Mu­sic

The Southwest Booster - - OPINION - SCOTT AN­DER­SON SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

Mem­bers of the Swift Cur­rent Com­pre­hen­sive High School Fine Arts De­part­ment are putting the fi­nal re­hearsal touches on their roles this week be­fore they raise the cur­tain on a five per­for­mance run of The Sound of Mu­sic on De­cem­ber 5.

The full cast, pit orches­tra, and crew held their first dress re­hearsal this past Sun­day, as they com­plete their fi­nal tech­ni­cal re­hearsals in ad­vance of their up­com­ing five shows.

Re­hearsals to put on Rodgers and Ham­mer­stein’s The Sound of Mu­sic have been held this en­tire school year, with the prin­ci­ple per­form­ers se­lected for their parts at the end of this past school year.

And per­form­ing such an iconic pro­duc­tion as The Sound of Mu­sic, which had its mo­tion pic­ture de­but back in 1965, is a chal­lenge not lost on the per­form­ers.

“I feel like there’s a lot of pres­sure just be­cause it’s one that so many peo­ple know. It’s re­ally a clas­sic. It’s a lot more work than the av­er­age play­wright that a lot of peo­ple don’t know about. So its been very dif­fi­cult, but I think it’ll be worth it in the end,” ex­plained El­iza Switzer, who is tack­ling the lead role of Maria.

“When you’re try­ing to com­pare your­self to names like Julie An­drews and Christo­pher Plum­mer, it’s a lot,” she added.

“We have a real dif­fi­cult job of liv­ing up to the ex­pec­ta­tions of the char­ac­ters that we have, while also be­ing able to do our own act­ing. It’s an­other chal­lenge with the pro­duc­tion, but it is one that we have been able to do pretty well I think,” said Grade 12 ac­tor Jonathon Grant who is in the role of Cap­tain von Trapp.

“This is prob­a­bly the big­gest role I’ve ever been in, and I’ve had to do a lot of work for this. Its been dif­fi­cult. Its been re­ally stress­ful. But I’ve been putting 110 per cent into this.”

Em­manuel Ap­piah, who is per­form­ing the Max Detweiler char­ac­ter, has been im­pressed with the ef­forts of the en­tire cast, crew, and pit orches­tra in putting on the mu­si­cal.

“We have a re­ally great group to work with and we’ve be­come more con­fi­dent with each other,” he said.

“This is just so much more than the av­er­age play be­cause you have to get the singing in­volved. And even hav­ing head­sets, I don’t think any of us have had to wear head­sets be­fore in a play, so even that’s an added dif­fi­culty,” added Switzer. “Its been re­ally nice to see the whole fine arts de­part­ment in our school come to­gether for this. And I’ve met a lot of new peo­ple, which has been awe­some.”

Af­ter an ex­tended re­hearsal pe­riod, they are now ner­vously await­ing their per­for­mance de­but.

“Hon­estly, just get­ting the first per­for­mance jit­ters out of the way and hope­fully do­ing well. I think the first per­for­mance is al­ways the most stress­ful one and nerve wrack­ing be­cause you’re not used to it yet. By the last show hope­fully it’ll be a bit of a breeze and we’ll just all feel bet­ter and not be as ner­vous,” Switzer said.

“I just think the more we do it the more con­fi­dent we feel, so I’m just ex­cited for that,” Ap­piah noted.

“Nail­ing that first per­for­mance is huge be­cause then that’s a con­fi­dent booster. And once you get that out of the way then you can work on other things and make it bet­ter and bet­ter as the week goes on,” Grant added.

The Sound of Mu­sic runs from De­cem­ber 5 to De­cem­ber 8 at the SCCHS Cafe­to­rium, and ad­vance tick­ets are on sale at Phar­masave.

Doors open for the Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day, Fri­day, and Satur­day night per­for­mances at 6:30 p.m., with the show start­ing at 7 p.m.

There is also a Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8 mati­nee show at 2 p.m., with doors open­ing at 1:30 p.m.

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