The Creston Community High School vocal department hosted four performances of “High School Musical” over the weekend.
“The theme of ‘High School Musical’ is acceptance and working together to accomplish a selfless goal,” vocal teacher Jane Warner said. “It’s fitting for the times. These days we really do need each other to be successful. The song ‘We’re All in this Together’ did seem to take on a new meaning for me.”
In order to maintain social distancing, group numbers were staged with members six feet or more apart, making this a challenging production to stage.
“Admittedly it has been a challenge for these young actors to sing, dance and act with masks on, but their drive and positive energy has proven to me once again that when they put their heart into it, they can truly do anything,” Warner said.
Main cast parts were split into two groups with the red cast performing 7 p.m. Nov. 13 and 2 p.m. Nov. 14 and the blue cast performing 7 p.m. Nov. 14 and 2 p.m. Nov. 15. The in-house audience was limited for the live performances in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Seniors Brance Baker and Korbyn Ringer shared the role of Troy while senior Rylie Driskell and sophomore Bridgette Hopkins performed as Gabriella. Senors Marie Mullin and Cassie Ralston took turns as Sharpay and senior Jackson Gerdes and sophomore Rendon Mohr played Ryan. Junior Peyton Guthrie and sophomore Paige Waddingham were Taylor and sophomores Hayley Simmons and Saige Johnston performed as Kelsi. Ash Hays was stage manager for both casts.
“Both casts were spectacular, and unique,” Warner said. “Managing two casts with masks was challenging, especially with sound. It’s hard to hear singers wearing masks. But it was worth it in the end to have been able to give our students the experience of putting on a full length musical in front of a small audience.”
Both versions of the production will be streamed next weekend to allow for a larger audience. Red version will be available 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at https://tinyurl.com/cchshsmred. Blue will be shown 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at https://tinyurl.com/cchshsmblue. the cost is $10.19 per device.
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