We Go Together: Grease, The School Version
I just finished my middle school’s production of Grease: The School Version, where I played the role of Sandy. I had a blast! Between the tech crew, stage crew, and the cast, 150 students were involved in our Drama Club. In all, we played three school shows and three sold-out public performances. I was very honored to get this role - it has been a great experience, one I will never forget.
Are you interested in becoming involved in the drama club at your school? I have learned a lot during my experience, but these three things stood out:
1. Musicals require hard work and dedication. We practiced October through February, rehearsing several days each week after school. During the month of February, we practiced on Saturday mornings for three to four hours. There was a live band, so we also came in the evening to practice a few times. Also, the teachers involved in putting together this production often spent five to six hours a day working on the musical, from technical stuff to the amazing set to keeping 150 kids occupied. We could not have done it without them!
2. I made a lot of friends during Drama Club, and I looked forward to seeing them nearly every day at practice. I found that we had a lot of things in common, from acting (of course!) to softball to books. They made my experience a whole lot better.
3. I learned a lot more about acting. The teachers taught me to be my character, not just me play someone else. This was my first big role, and I learned to express myself onstage, pronounce my words more clearly and using diction. I also learned some useful techniques to help my singing.
I am sad that Drama Club’s production of Grease: The School Version is over, but I will always have memories from this great experience!
Photo: Katelyn Barr as Sandy in her school's production of Grease: THe School Version. (Courtesy Katelyn Barr)