The cast rose to the occasion and impressed their theater teacher with their capabilities.
After hundreds of hours of planning, practice and teamwork — and with their theater teacher currently nine months pregnant — the Atlantic High School cast of "42nd Street" stepped up like never before to bring the 1980s broadway musical to life in their school's auditorium on Friday, Nov. 30.
Kate Dalia, director and theater teacher at AHS was so thankful and impressed at what her students accomplished. Due to her pregnancy, it has been difficult to play an active role in directing. But, the capability of her students has made everything easier.
"It's good that I'm pregnant," Dalia said. "Usually I would micromanage them, but they have taken on the responsibility. They did more than they thought they could."
On opening night, production team members accounted for how they impact the play while performing a role behind the scenes.
Cassidy Trepanier, lighting designer for "42nd Street" said she liked working with the musical's lighting because it can set the mood for the whole production.
"Lighting makes the show," she said.
Kira Heuring, a member of the ensemble, said it's great seeing the reactions of the audience.
"I love seeing them look happy and have a smile on their faces," Heuring said. "I want to make people feel a little something special."
Dalia praised her class, saying they're a close-knit group that has learned how to rely on one another during shows. As a director, she said the best part is being able to give her students tasks that they may not think they can do, and then seeing them accomplish so much more in the end.
She said there is so much more to theatre than a diva having the spotlight.
"Having that teamwork aspect and being able to work with people, even if you don't like them is the most important thing a high schooler can get out of theatre," Dalia said.
Before the showing, the more than 40 members of the cast gathered backstage and formed an energy circle. Dalia picked one student who has done something outstanding or who has overcome an obstacle to start the energy circle by squeezing the hand of the person next to them.
"In an energy circle, you close your eyes and hold hands," Dalia said. "It is symbolic for the idea that we are all one. It helps calm the butterflies you get before you are on stage."