|Musical “Cinderella” to come to life on Gering High stage April 10-12|
|March 27, 2014 Jerry Purvis|
Photo by Kay Grote/Gering Citizen - Gering High School theater director Jason DeMaranville and senior Brock Chitwood work on Cinderella’s coach. The musical will be presented April 10-12 at GHS. See page A6 for full story.
While memorizing lines and songs are important parts to any theater production, the set is often overlooked as an integral part of the show’s success.
Gering High School teacher Jason DeMaranville not only directs the school’s fall show, he’s in charge of set construction for the spring musical. And the crew is making good progress.
“Scenically, we’re ahead of schedule thanks to Angie and Raul Aguallo,” he said. “They’ve been helping me out doing artistic work and Raul is one of my master carpenters. That’s been a big help.”
DeMaranville also complimented the cast and other students who have been more than willing to come in and help get the set built.
He said the set needs to be at least partially built early so the actors can work on their lines and what positions they need to be in as the action occurs. In the early stages of rehearsal, the ensemble case learns lines and songs. But then, the set should be ready for actors to work on individual parts onstage.
“The show is coming along well,” DeMaranville said. “The biggest challenge now is all the conflicts with everyone’s schedule. It’s hard to get the entire cast together for rehearsals, but we make it work.”
Cast members not only perform in the musical, they also play soccer and are involved in other activities. The DECA group was gone last week for competition and the speech team is going to state this week.
DeMaranville said his crew will begin setting lights this weekend. Two new fixtures capable of doing color changes will be part of the show for the first time this year.
“The student council bought one of the fixtures and the theater department bought another,” he said. “We’ll use them to make some theater magic. So far, I’m impressed with what they can do.”
He added that “Cinderella” is going to be a fun show. “The kids have had a lot of fun working on it.”
“Cinderella” will be presented Thursday – Saturday, April 10 – 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gering High School auditorium. Tickets are on sale for $7 in the high school offices. Tickets at the door are $10.