Musical check-in


Lucie Rutherford

A group of students from the cast prepares their costumes before going out to practice

Lucie Rutherford, Editor-in-Chief

This year’s musical, “Meet me in St. Louis”, is in more than full swing as the production’s opening night is set for Feb. 15, hitting off a five-day stretch totalling in five productions. According to sophomore ensemble member Jenna Altair, the show is beginning to come together.

“We have everything choreographed so far, [though] we have a few rough spots that we’re still fixing up,” Altair said. “Today is our first day in costumes. We’re trying to do that since we have lots of big dresses, and we need to make sure that we can dance in all of those.”

Focusing on Altair’s specific scenes in the musical, she says it is coming together even more smoothly with the exception of one.

“For at least the parts I’m in, the ensemble, we have it almost all done. It’s just particularly one scene in Act Two that we just need to fix up a bit, but it should be done in the next few days,” Altair said.

For freshman and first-time musical member Danner Rebhun, the overall success of the musical so far has been based on the thoughts of her fellow cast members.

“I think the musical is coming along well. I don’t really know the timeline because this is my first year in the musical, so I don’t know how far we should be right now, but going by what everyone else seems to think, I think we’re doing pretty well,” Rebhun said.

Even though she may not have a good insight on the timeline, Rebhun notices what needs fixing-up.

“I think what needs to be touched up the most are the ensemble dances,” Rebhun said. “I don’t really know anything about dancing, but from what I’ve seen it’s a bit messy at this point in time, but I’m sure we’ll be able to get it together.”
Currently, the cast is focusing on running through the show to perfect what needs to be perfected.

“We ran through Act One yesterday in all the costumes, and now we’re doing it today to make sure [it’s good] and kind of build around that in case we need to change some moves,” Altair said.

From now until opening night, that is exactly what the cast and crew members will be doing; dress rehearsal, after dress rehearsal, after dress rehearsal.

“At this point, we’ll just be in costume, seeing the set and actually running through the show multiple times,” Altair said.

The cast and crew of this year’s musical have two weeks to touch-up their final perfections, and then they are set for five nights of dancing, singing, big dresses and big audiences.