ZCHS Fall Musical Kicks Off

By Sam Shipe, Opinion Editor

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The school’s drama department has recently kicked off rehearsal for the this year’s fall musical. The coveted choice they made for the theater production that will be hitting the stage is Les Misérables.

The performances will be taking place later this fall at the Zionsville Community High School Performing Arts Center on November 17, 18, and 19. This puts a lot on the plates of everyone involved from cast to pit to crew with the directors trying to hold everything together. This is a major project and one met with skepticism by most anyone who knows the magnitude of the show. It is very unusual for a high school theater to attempt to put on this production, let alone do so successfully.

That being said, this is not a production hinging on seasoned theater veterans. Rather, this is a show put on by beginners: there are firsts in lead roles and ensembles that have never been on stage in a musical.

Cade Williams, a senior participating in this year’s fall musical, explains how stressful it can be.

“It’s very stressful to get thrown into the bulk of things right away, but it’s very rewarding because every time you do one little thing right it gets you motivated to keep going for it. I’m still trying to get the hang of things, but I really enjoy the music and style of this musical, and getting to sing it every day,” Williams said.

The idea of working as a vocalist for the first time is a daunting task in any musical, but in one of this caliber, it is probably even more so.

“It’s overwhelming considering that I don’t consider myself a singer. However, I have loved every moment of it so far and can’t wait to put the entire production together,” Alesi Lubarsky, senior, said.

The production value promises to be better than ever with prop and other donations flowing in to make the stage come to life. The story of Les Mis is one that is very well known in the musical community, and brings with it a standard that Zionsville is determined to meet. With its exceptional talent in not just the cast but also the crew and pit orchestra, the directors have all the tools they need to create a fantastic show.

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