Drama program prepares for ‘Singin’ in the Rain’

Lead actor junior Evan Ridpath rehearses after school during the cast's second choreography rehearsal.

Seannie Bryan

Lead actor junior Evan Ridpath rehearses after school during the cast’s second choreography rehearsal.

Jenna Tarantino, staff writer

It’s that time of year again! The theater department is putting on its annual Spring musical. This year, the chosen musical is the classic “Singin’ in the Rain.”

The show is about two silent film actors transitioning into the talkie phenomenon. However, the lead woman’s voice is extremely annoying, so they use a voice over. The play became an iconic musical in 1952, when it first debuted. Starring Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen and Millard Mitchell, the play quickly became popular for high schools to perform.

The drama program is excited to perfect the songs and dances and create an incredible show.

“We’ve only had one week of rehearsals, so we’ve been working on the music and some blocking,” senior Madi Lewis said. “This week we are starting our dance rehearsals.”

With rehearsals every afternoon, the theater department is working hard to make it the best show yet. Lewis plays the lead role of Kathy Sheldon who has an onstage romance with Don, played by junior Evan Ridpath.

“I’m really looking forward to the trio with Evan Ridpath’s character Don Lockwood and Josh Collins’ character, Cosmo Brown, in the song ‘Good Mornin”,” Lewis said. “It’s an upbeat tap number.”

For seniors, ‘Singing in the Rain’ will be the last musical they perform at CHS. Even though some plan on studying musical theater in college, because the theater program has been such a big part of their lives, they will be sad to graduate in June.

“This being my last musical at the high school is bittersweet because I’ve done the musicals the last two years and I’ve spent so much time with everyone who has been in them,” Lewis said. “It’s been a great experience, and overall, I’m really excited for this show.”

To support the drama program in their last musical of the year, come to the CAC on May 3, 4, 9, and 10 at 7 p.m. and May 11 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.