2-July-2018

What it’s like to be in a musical

We spoke with some of the brilliant cast from Carey’s production of Disney’s High School Musical Onstage! (HSM) about what it’s like to be in a musical!

 

James – Troy Bolton

  1. What encouraged you to sign up for the cast of HSM?:
    Mr Bowles was a very influential figure. I also had a passion for drama and I thought it would be a fun experience.
  2. How many hours did you rehearse in the lead up to the performances?:
    3 hours twice a week for roughly 20 weeks and then this doubled a week before the show.
  3. What were your biggest challenges along the way?:
    Definitely singing and dancing! Memorising the choreography was challenging and the costume changes were also very sudden and I had to change really quickly.
  4. Did you make new friends?:
    Yes, I made a lot of new friends, especially among the lower years.
  5. What have you learnt the most about yourself throughout the process of HSM?:
    I learnt that while singing is not my forte, I can learn and remember lines well and that I’m not too bad at dancing. I would love to be in another production again!

Julia – Gabrielle Montez

  1. What encouraged you to sign up for the cast of HSM?:
    I just thought I would give it a try!
  2. What were your biggest challenges along the way?:
    Singing and a fear of my own voice
  3. How scary was the opening night?:
    Before going on stage I would negatively talk to myself, but once I was on stage, all the nerves and discomfort disappeared!
  4. What have you learnt the most about yourself through the process of HSM?:
    It showed me that the stage is actually like a second home and I’m almost more comfortable there than real life because you get really into character and that’s fun.

Ebony – Ms Darbus

  1. What encouraged you to sign up for the cast of HSM?:
    It was a good opportunity and I thought it would be a lot of fun to perform with my school friends.
  2. How many hours did you rehearse in the lead up to the performances?:
    I would revise my songs 3 times a day and practice my lines 2 hours per week.
  3. What were the biggest challenges along the way?:
    In the beginning, I found it really difficult to connect with my character. I applied the things I learnt in ATAR to work around this.
  4. Did you make new friends among the cast?:
    Of course! My favourite part of any performance is meeting a new family!
  5. How scary was opening night?:
    I don’t get stage fright. To me, I don’t perform or act, I embody my character who is unaware of the audience, therefore, no fear.

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