COLORADO SPRINGS. Students at St. Mary’s High School don’t back away from challenges. In fact, they often seek them out. Such is the case with this year’s spring musical presented by the Drama Club. In early April, they will tackle what many consider to be the greatest musical comedy of all time —“Singin’ in the Rain.”
The musical will be presented April 6-8, with the Thursday and Friday performances starting at 7 p.m. and the Saturday performance starting at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students, and under 5 is free. Drama Club advisor Delia Febres Butler said it cost quite a bit to buy the rights and the music for this production, which is why ticket prices are higher than they have been for past productions. However, she hopes that the prices don’t stop anyone from attending and said she will negotiate prices for families of six or more.
“The seniors begged me to do this musical since it would be their last performance of their high school years. They knew it would require long hours and hard work, but they were up for the challenge,” Febres Butler said.
Febres Butler said that rehearsals are going well, although at times it is difficult to get the entire cast together since many St. Mary’s students are involved in multiple extracurricular activities. However, finding rehearsal time and higher costs aren’t the only challenges that musicals present. And this musical, in particular, comes with its own unique challenges.
“Not only do you have to block the scenes, you also have to block the dance numbers and the actors have to learn choreography for each musical piece,” she said. “Then for this musical, we have the challenge of doing the famous rain scene by the amazing Gene Kelly.”
Even though many high school Drama Club members won’t find themselves in the theater as a career, Febres Butler said that there is much that can be learned from participating in drama. They learn cooperation, time management, and commitment, she said. Drama also allows students to build relationships, be creative, and have an opportunity to be someone else.
“Drama students are using their talents and gifts that God has given them to bring joy to the lives of others,” Febres Butler said. “Our audience for ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ can expect to see great performances by the cast, hear fantastic singers, experience lots of laughter along with some wonderful dancing. It will be a great evening for all!”
Febres Butler encourages those who cannot attend the musical on the scheduled dates to come the night of dress rehearsal on April 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the Cove. For more information, contact Mrs. Febres Butler at St. Mary’s.
(Amy G. Partain is communications associate for St. Mary’s High School.)