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Here We Go Again

A peek backstage into Inspire’s musical performance of the year
Reagan Gibson (11) prepares their stage look.

Mamma Mia is our spring musical this year, and with such an amazing cast, it will be a masterpiece. Taking place in Kalokairi, a fictional Greek town, it follows a young girl preparing for her wedding, who makes a plan to invite three men who could possibly be her father.

Classmates brought it to life, building huge sets and designing flashy costumes. Most Inspire students will only see the outward appearance, but what goes on backstage?

Some ‘Theater Kids’ choose to speak with us about their experiences behind the scenes.

“My favorite part [of rehearsal] is that despite everyone being under stress, everyone is still kind and understanding to each other, helping with notes or choreography.” states cast member Zoe Vandeusen (10)

And let’s not forget about crew!

“I had a lot of fun setting up for the sitzprobe! Seeing all the different instruments was cool!” Crew member Ray Kohler (12) mentions.

But these fun times were contrasted with hard experiences. Long rehearsal hours, challenging choreography and lots of memorization, to name a few.

New to Inspire theater, cast member Max Hartmann (9) comments “The thing that has been the hardest is definitely the super late rehearsals on school nights.”

But the cast got through it! “Something I’ve overcame is dancing because I’ve never really liked dancing. I’ve been getting better at it and working harder at it.” adds actor Jacob Godown (10)

So much time and work was put into this year’s spring musical. Be sure to get tickets in IC-1 or online at Hope to see you there!

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