The bright lights hit your face as the crowd cheers and applauds. A rush comes over you, sending chills down your spine as your fears are conquered. This moment can change your life forever.
For some of the students at Southmoreland High School, performing in the school musical, Cinderella, completely changed their view on theater and performing. Not only was it the school’s first musical in 40 years, but some of the cast’s first ever theater performance.
Sophomore Joselyn Busato made her theater debut as the title role of Cinderell and said she had “so much fun” with the role.
“It was so exciting and nerve-racking and humbling,” said Busato. “It was such an honor to be able to represent the school in such a unique way.”
Also portraying the role of Cinderella was freshman Makayla Harvey. It wasn’t her first time performing on a stage, but for her second time performing on a stage, she scored a lead role.
“I went from being a sugar cup in Beauty and the Beast to being the lead role of Cinderella,” said Harvey. “I never imagined that when I auditioned, I would actually get a lead.”
Sophomore Mercedes Smartnick never thought she would ever be able to perform on a stage until she stepped into the character of the Fairy Godmother.
“It was amazing,” said Smartnick. “It was overwhelming at first, but everyone was so supportive that it made me get over my biggest fear of singing in front of people.”
With the success of their first performance on stage, theatre is in many of the cast’s future plans.
“I think I will (continue with theatre),” said Smartnick. “I loved putting my presence out on the stage and filling the room with awe, or even laughter.”
Busato would want to audition for the next school musical.
“I loved every part of the experience this year and can’t wait to make more memories next time,” Busato said. “All I know is that I’m in love with theatre, and can’t wait to do something with it again.”
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