While MIHS students put together the school’s annual musical, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” the cast decided to share on “How to” producing an astounding musical! The whole cast works as a whole, putting hard work, time, and effort into the musical in order to give the Brevard community the magical piece of theatre that they deserve. Here are some of the tips on what it takes to survive a MIHS musical so that you too can join us on the stage next year!
Brady Fritz in the lead role of Finch.
Brady Fritz is the ambitious and charismatic J. Pierpont Finch that will lead this year’s musical. A musical veteran here at MIHS, Fritz says, “In order to survive a musical, you need to be willing to work hard. You have a big group a people that you don’t want to let down and that puts a lot of pressure on me as the lead… Working hard is important, but being able to work as a team and being willing to help each other out when anyone needs it is also important. This shows in cases such as helping each other with dances.” I guess you have to work hard in order to play it “The Company Way” onstage and offstage!
Elise Reaves is playing the hopeless romantic role of Rosemary.
The hopeless romantic, Rosemary, is played by Elise Reaves this year. Reeves shares with us this helpful tip: “Learn your lines as soon as you get the script, and keep practicing them so that you are able to focus on performing, not remembering your lines.” Some actors put off memorizing their lines, which results in less time to develop the character. But not this cast! They have been memorizing their lines every chance they can get! Elise also told us about the importance of drinking water and tea with honey so that your voice is ready to belt and serenade at any time. Just like Brady, Elise also says that as long as you work hard and keep your parts memorized, your musical experience more will be enjoyable, and you will not be stressed out. The “How to Succeed” director, Mrs. Duprey, is very adamant about memorizing lines and tells students to remember how to block the scene. She sets high expectations for her students, but she always says, “The real work begins once the lines are memorized. You are not able to truly act ‘til the lines are memorized.”
Dancer and chorus member, Emma Kapper, emphasizes the importance of making sure that one plan out their day and keeps everything in order. As for “keeping on your toes”, dancers and actors should keep their body fueled with food to keep their energy up to keep them prepared for any tasks thrown at them.
Torie D’Alessandro, student choreographer and the wonderfully ditzy Miss Hedy LaRue, swears by some products and tricks that get her through the musical, “Some stores have these Airborne tablets you can put in your water that are filled with vitamins and minerals and a boost of vitamin C. These keep the sick days away!” Miss LaRue also mentions, “I drink tea every morning to make sure that I am prepared for the day. Also, I don’t have a lot of sugar and milk together!
On that health note, stretch a lot to prepare for dancing and warm up your voice to prepare for singing. This will help to prevent injury!” Very true! Ifyou want to get an actor, angry offer them dairy before a show or before singing! Drinking dairy will coat your throat and making singing and reciting lines difficult.
There you have it! Now brew yourself some nice tea, warm-up your pipes, avoid dairy like the plague, and you will be ready to sing your heart out with us on stage!
Don’t forget, How to Succeed in Business opens April 15th-17th!
Look at how much fun these kids are having.
Article written by cast member- Kayla Protze