The Fantasticks take the stage
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This year, the drama department, run by Jeffery Pittard, put on a spring musical called The Fantasticks on April 17, 18 and 19. The musical was a variation of the classic Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare. The musical was filled with a variety of monologues, songs, and group numbers intended to break the third wall and connect directly with the audience.
For freshman Emma Zimmerman, her reason for being in the musical is rather different.
“I auditioned for the musical because I was a very small part of the musical my eighth-grade
year,” she said. “Pittard heard me in the bathroom singing and he asked me if I’d try out and I said sure. The people there treat me nice and respect me and I had a lot of fun doing it.”
Even though Zimmerman is a freshman, she played a lead role. She was Louisa and she was a 16-year-old girl who fell in love with a 20-year-old guy named Matt.
They argued and their parents tried to put them together. In the end, all they wanted to do was be with each other. “It was kind of fun because I got to do crazy things and stay stupid things all the time,” Zimmerman said.
Not only do the students in the musical have to remember lines, songs and stage directions but they also have to juggle school work along with their stage duties. “We would all sit down sometimes after practice and they would ask me if I needed help with anything, she said. “I am not good at algebra and they helped me with it and made it easier for me. So this upcoming Wednesday and Thursday when I do my EOC I think I’m going to do a lot better than I would have without them,” Zimmerman said.
Senior Maria Hernandez played Louisa’s mother in the musical. “It was really fun because my character was very strict but I added a bit of sass to it, “ she said. “My favorite part was when Jacob and Mike were doing their scene called the rape ballet, it’s not as bad as it sounds. Me being the mom, I paid this man to abduct my daughter so that [Matt] could save her so they could fall in love.”