‘Hairspray’ performances delight

Cast members, students, director reflect on successes

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Carissa Prestholdt

Junior Leo Dworsky and other members of the ‘Hairspray’ cast perform their final dress rehearsal Feb. 19. Choir performed the musical “Hairspray” Feb. 20–Feb. 23.

Sofie Geretz

Reflecting on his and the rest of the cast’s performance on choir’s production of “Hairspray,” senior Yoni Potter said the cast was able to pull everything together in time for the production.

“I was kind of nervous. I wasn’t sure if we were going to get it all together but I think we pulled through by the end,” Potter said. “And I was really proud of everybody by the end, so that was really cool.”

Sophomore Jacob Khabie said he enjoyed seeing his friends perform their parts in the musical.

“It was really fun to watch all my friends perform on stage,” Khabie said. “You could really tell the performers were having lots of fun doing what they love to do.”

According to stage director Lil Zumberge, being a part of the musical can elicit a lot of improvement for the students.

“From an educator viewpoint, I think it’s a really huge opportunity for growth for the performers,” Zumberge said. “Many of them are performing for the first time and this opportunity is different because it’s a class project.”

It was really fun to watch all my friends perform on stage. You could really tell the performers were having lots of fun doing what they love to do.”

— Jacob Khabie

Zumberge said the show was not very publicized at the high school, so there was less of a turnout than expected.

“More people come out to support the experience. I know it was not broadly advertised,” Zumberge said. “I noticed I didn’t see a ton of teachers and a lot of people in attendance.”

According to Khabie, the characters were cast well, making the quality of the musical higher.

“They did a lot of things really well. I think the casting was perfect,” Khabie said. “You could tell the people who played certain roles were very into their role and very committed.”

Potter said he enjoyed being surrounded by all of the emotions and enthusiasm during the process and productions.

“I just really liked seeing it all come together and everybody’s extreme passion, dedication and excitement,” Potter said.