The Show Must Go On

RHS theater to put on variety show in spring musical slot

The cast list for the show was posted on the RHS Drama Facebook page.

The cast list for the show was posted on the RHS Drama Facebook page.

The drama department has decided to replace this year’s annual spring musical with a virtual variety show.
“I knew that this year was going to suck doing everything online, so trying to do a big musical in this corona situation was not really ever going to happen,” RHS theater director Sam Ramirez said.
The variety show will serve as a musical showcase, focusing on musical numbers while including a few scenes and monologues. The show, like the fall play She Kills Monsters, will be completely virtual and will consist of live recordings and pre-recordings put together.
“I went back and forth with my choreographer and we thought it would be a good idea if we did this showcase that features everybody’s strengths and minimizes their weaknesses. This way we get to perform stuff we would never be able to perform on our stage,” Ramirez said.
Initially, Ramirez thought of doing a smaller musical that consisted of a limited cast to allow for better social distancing. Though the musicals he was considering for this year would allow for in-person socially distanced rehearsals, Ramirez knew he had too much talent for a show with a small cast.
“I thought maybe I would do a small musical like You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, which only has six cast members. But I have more than six talented people and I couldn’t make that decision to cut some people,” Ramirez said.
This will be the seniors’ last show at RHS, though many are upset that it will not be a normal musical like they had hoped they are grateful they will have a final show.
“It kinda bums me out that my last show isn’t a musical like I’ve hoped, but I’m honestly just glad I get to at least do something to wrap up my senior year,” senior Grace Harper said.
The show will be able to be seen online just like the fall play but will run for a longer time due to the department not having to purchase the rights to a show.
“I will have it running for about two weeks. We didn’t have to purchase the rights so we are not confined to a specific time. I can have it open for a while,” Ramirez said.
The variety show is currently known as the “Growing Up Project” which will be available for viewing in April on the website ShowTix4U for about $5.
According to the RHS Drama Facebook page, “All the content and material used in the show will be about growing up, learning life lessons, and self-discovery.”
The cast list, consisting of mainly seniors, was posted on the RHS Drama Facebook page January 15th.
“I will be involved in the group numbers, a tap duet, and I will be co-choreographing a number with Grace Harper,” senior cast member Cordelia Krajewski said.