– by Lindzie Archer, 9th
“I’m dreaming of a White Christmas….”
Fast feet, loud voices, pounds of makeup, and 1940’s attire were a must for the high school choir students for the weekend of November 9-11. The musical, “White Christmas”, was performed three evenings, culminating with a dinner theater on Saturday night.
Under the direction of Mrs. Anastasia Allen and Mrs. Amy Tolle, with assistance from Mrs. Vicki Anderson and Mrs.
DeAnn Huxman, musical practices started late August. The cast had to be flexible in the first couple weeks with only 10 play books for 22 students. The choir students also had to learn choreography for many of the songs. A choreographer, Mrs. Jo Stropes, came in a few times to help the kids and did a great job. Mrs. Allen helped with all the routines as she recorded them and had little books of steps for the kids. Brekken Anderson, 11th, said, “The play really came together the Thursday of the performance.”
With all the acting and parts, the students also needed costumes. Many beautiful costumes were borrowed from
Hutchinson Community Theatre and McPherson College. The cast had to prepare for numerous scene and costume changes. Layers of clothing were piled onto the performers to help make changes quicker. It was very hot with the bright lights and layers of clothes. “I had four shirts and two pairs of pants on. I was definitely hot,” commented Caleb Froese, 11th. The cast also mentioned that the costume changes were challenging as they had to be speedy and quick. Sometimes people did not make it on stage in time, and once an actor forgot to change his pants, going onstage with camo pants and a suit coat!
The cast will not soon forget all the makeup and beautiful hair! Many of the girls even had to wear rollers in their hair all day at school. With help from Mrs. Xochitl Beck, the cast had great hair do’s that took the audience back to the time of the 40’s. Teachers Janie Cantu, Allison Koerperich, and Kristin Wallman helped the group with makeup. “How do girls even like doing this? It takes forever to get off!” Josef Hobson, 9th, complained. They had to experiment with many different hairstyles and makeup applications. “Mrs. Beck and I were practicing my hair and she wanted to try something new, so we slicked it back. In the end, I looked like Kevin off of Home Alone!” commented Caleb Froese.
There were many behind-the-scenes people that pulled the whole musical together. With Mrs. Amy Tolle leading on
piano, a small orchestra provided the backbone to the musical. Lori Martin-Price spent many hours painting the beautiful sets for the many scenes. Other key individuals were Zach Stucky, 9th, on the sound system, while Anna Schultz, 11th, Alex Shultz, 12th, and Josh Beck, 10th, helped with lights. Shelby Bontrager, Jacob Nelson, and Manuel Ruiz-Gonzalez were a huge help with the stage crew. “At the heart of White Christmas is community. Throughout this production we had people come together to make this show a success. The cast loved being together and
many practices had lots of laughter. Christ calls us to put aside our own interests and put others first. This
production did that on stage and behind the scenes,” commented Mrs. Allen.