A look behind the scenes of the musical

Ellie Farner

From sawing and hammering to moving positions on stage and practicing songs, this cast and crew does it all. Lots of hard work is put in to making Marian’s fall musical, “The Sound of Music”, a success. The results of all this hard work can be see during the performances, but rarely does anyone outside of the cast and crew get to go behind the scenes.

After school, students working on the musical are scattered all across the PAC and cafeteria during practice, building set pieces, painting props, practicing musical numbers or perfecting dances. Junior Cecelia Fuller, who plays main character, Maria Rainer, has to balance her school with the musical. “I’m very much a schedule kind of person, so I have to write everything out and schedule it all out.  When I was memorizing my lines I would have specific days where I would be like ‘Okay I’m memorizing this scene, and then I’m memorizing this scene.’” Fuller said.


But, the actors and actresses are only one part of the equation. It also takes many other girls to build the props, set up the lights, manage the sound, and apply makeup.

The students from Mr. Paul Niedbalski’s Intro to Theater class helped make the props for The Sound of Music. “Our class made or found about 75 percent of the props and the director, Mr. McCandless, and the cast found the rest. Several teachers let us borrow some things—Mrs. Fisher is lending us a bicycle and guitar case and other things, and Mrs. Rosenlof is loaning us some luggage. The whole thing is a team effort,” Niedbalski said.

“Just being able to find all the props and figure out where they’re needed, what scenes they’re for, and exactly what they need to look like,” said freshman Chloe Oberle, about what the most challenging part of building the props was.

Without senior Leah Ramaekers, it would be quite hard to see the production. “I program and run the lights during the show. I also train others on spotlight and the light board,” she said. She also helps out by putting microphones on the actors. Ramaekers says the most difficult part of being in charge of the lights, for her personally, is both the creative and technical aspects. “For example, if there is an actor on stage and their face is shadowed, you have to find the correct light to see the actor better,” Ramaekers said.

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