MPHS Spring musical starts Thursday, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown
The actors in the The Midde Park High School spring musical have been rehearsing since Jan. 12 spending four days a week, two to three hours each day in preparation for the event.
Mike Ritter, director, auditioned 20 people for the 13-member cast. “Each student did a monologue and song of their choosing,” he said.
“It’s been a blast. The kids are here because they want to be here.“
One of the best parts of being in the play from his perspective: “these kids are never going to be afraid of public speaking. The confidence they develop alone sets up them up for success.”
Jan Sears is the Musical Accompanist and Lori Oury is the Musical Director.
“This is the only time you will see me in pink.”
Paige Miller plays Sally Brown. She is a senior. Her monologue for the audition was a Shel Silverstein poem. “I went into the audition with confidence.”
“I feel like Sally and I are very similar. We are strong women who don’t take no for an answer and we both are too stubborn,” said Miller
Miller has participated in drama all four years at MPHS and in last year’s production she was first lead.
“I love the energy the crowd gives me. When I’m on stage I’m not me, I’m Sally Brown and people cheer for Sally,” she said.
Miller attends online school and feels blessed to be able to be on stage with her with friends and to perform with her brother, Aaron Miller, a sophomore and a chorus member.
Miller is also the choreographer. “I had to listen to the songs over and over until it formed a vision. Getting my vision on paper and then on stage was a challenge,” she said.
“Now that I see my dancer dancing my vision, it’s so beautiful.”
On March 24, opening night Miller said she will put herself in Sally’s shoes.
“I forget about Paige’s problem, and I focus on Sally’s problems. I’m in love with Linus and I very much put myself in the character and forget real world problems.”
Karmen Reynolds, a junior, plays Lucy. Reynolds has been acting since Middle School. “It’s really fun and I love being with the people here.”
She also participated in last year’s play and played Marvel in Almost, Maine last spring.
“I’m pretty reserved in real life but there is something about theatre that lets me be someone else for awhile,” she said.
Reynolds will be spending part of her summer fine tuning her acting skills at the TTA (Teen Theatre Academy) program at Grand Lake Repertory Theatre this summer.
“During the three week program I will write my own show, learn it and then perform it,” she said.
“You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown is a really fun play and people will enjoy it,” she said.
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