Behind the scenes of making this year's musical, 'West Side Story'

As you are probably aware, this year's musical is West Side Story. The show stars several well-known students through-out the school, including Mathew Monroy, Steven Greenwood, Jessica Heisey, and Brendan Massar to name a few.

What you might now know is how much work goes on behind the scenes to make the show a reality. Two driving forces that help ensure this musical goes well is director Mr. Kevin Ditzler and stage manager Skye Reinacher.

The cast, crew, and pit have been working hard to make this show audience ready so get those hands ready for clapping!
Cast and crew queue up for breakfast to fuel up for the full day of rehearsal
On the Saturdays leading up to the musical, we have rehearsal from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm! At 7:30 though we have breakfast with everyone! This image is from last Saturday! We had donuts, eggs, bacon, ice cream, cake, pancakes, and so much more.

After breakfast, we got down to business. The actors got hooked up with mics and got into costume, the lights came on and the run-through started. It took us until 11:30 am to get through act one. We enjoyed a well-earned break at this point.
A few actors with the director’s daughter, Nora.

The cast loves to mess around and have fun during break. Like these pictures during rehearsal with Mathew and Ethan.­

After lunch the ran through the second act. It's a long day getting ready.

Mr. Ditzler says, “There is much to work on until we are show ready” but I think we are close!

Good work so far cast, crew, and pit! Break a leg!

The musical will be next week on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7 pm. There's also a matinee on Saturday, March 10 at 2:00 pm. Tickets for West Side Story are now on sale in the high school main office from noon to 4 pm week days. Student and senior citizen tickets are $8. Adult tickets are $10. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. 

 ---By Bai Lee Herr,  LS News reporter

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