By Estee Steves (Alamo Heights ISD Journalism Student)
This year, the theater department at the high school performed a big Broadway musical, The Music Man. Every two years, the theater department directs and choreographs a musical that shows the talent of students participating in orchestra and choir along with those who participate in theater production, theater performance and technical theater classes.
"I had so much fun performing with all my friends,” senior Mia McFarland said. “I made so many friends in the process of putting the show together.”
The Music Man, written by Meredith Wilson, is about a con man named Harold Hill who impersonates a band director, promising to teach music lessons to students in an Iowa town. But he plans to skip out with all of their money. Plans go awry when he falls in love with Marian, the sweet and smart librarian.
“It was one of the best experiences of my life working with the cast and crew,” senior Eric Anderson said. “It was a great way to top off my senior year.”
The musical was chosen by collaboration between Orchestra Director Colin Meinecke, Choir Director Angus McLeod and Theater Director Andrew Denny. About 100 students participated. Rehearsals started in October and ran for three months, at which point cast rehearsals began after Christmas and ran for one month. Senior Alice Lammers made most of the costumes by hand.
“I am very proud of the students and their effort to make the show what it was,” Denny said. “The students worked through some very difficult circumstances and still put on an amazing show.”
Popular songs in the show include Shipoopi, Seventy-Six Trombones, The Wells Fargo Wagon and Till There Was You.
“Learning the Shipoopi song was a lot of fun,” junior Molly Brown said. “We rehearsed for quite a long time, but it was worth all the hard work when the show opened.”