East Lansing High School opened the curtains to its Spring Musical on March 16. Opening night was met with a full auditorium, as tickets were sold out. Director Adam Woolsey doesn’t see the success stopping there.
“These are such talented kids, and, like I said, they worked so hard,” he said. “So, I have nothing but good things to say about the upcoming performances.”
Woolsey credits the show’s success to the students. He said the kids’s diversity is what makes this cast so special.
“The kids really do come from like all different groups, just like the show, where they’re jocks, they’re brainiacs, they’re skaters, they’re thespians. They come from all walks of life, but they’ve really kind of bonded to be one unit, to be one group.”
— Adam Woolsey
For Anna Hornbach, the directors make the East Lansing High School theater program so great.
“They’ve been so supportive and helpful, and they really gave me a lot of confidence going into the show,” said the actress who plays Sharpay Evans. “I felt so welcomed into the theatre community.”
More than just actors get to play a part in the show. The crew, as well as the orchestra pit, are also ELHS students.
Mary Kate Swords said the audition process started in December, and she enjoyed it from the very beginning.
Freshman Jillian Rowan said she looked forward to the program since middle school.
Rowan also said it was a way for her to feel like a part of the high school because it is not offered to the middle school.
The show will finish its run March 25. Woolsey said he is expecting high energy from both the audience and the cast.
“It’s something they grew up with,” Woolsey said. “And I’m expecting our audiences to really respond well to that.”