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Spring musical sparks excitement

After the successful run of the play “Romeo and Juliet,” it’s time for something “fetch.”
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Matthew Ramirez ’26
Students practice their choreography for “Mean Girls” musical dance auditions for the song “Apex Predator” on Tuesday, November 14 in the SHHS Auditorium.

This spring, the Strath Haven Theatre production team will perform the high school musical version of Tina Fey’s popular 2004 hit movie, “Mean Girls.”

Musical auditions were held on November 13, 14, and 15.

“There were two days worth of auditions and a day of call-backs,” teacher and assistant director of “Mean Girls” Roxie Everly said.

About 75 students came prepared with lines and music of their preferred character for the musical auditions.

“On the first day of auditions, everybody had certain sets of lines and snippets of their character saying something, and then everyone had picked a song for singing, which is about 16 bars of music,” Everly said.

For the second day of auditions, students learned some brief choreography to one of the musical numbers of the production.

“We learned the dance to ‘Apex Predator’ on the stage, and we performed it,” senior Henry Reacher said.

On the final day of auditions, selected cast members were called back for a final audition.

“I was fortunately called back, so we did some scene work, where I sang the Aaron and the Damian excerpt, which I had learned,” Reacher said.

The final cast list was released a week after auditions. Reacher was cast as lead Damian Hubbard, and junior Josie Tolson was thrilled about the character she had gotten.

“I found out I had got Cady [Heron] and I was so excited,” Tolson said. “I definitely encourage everyone to audition for the musical, it’s a super fun experience.”

This spring musical anticipates a loaded stage full of energy.

“I think it’s going to be a really fun show,” Everly said. “‘Grease’ was a fun show last year and it [‘Mean Girls’] is very ‘legally-blonde-esque.’ I think it’s going to be really fun when we put it together.”

For many cast members, the spring musical brings new experiences to Haven’s  performing arts.

“I’m really excited to learn different parts about this artistry and the musical in a way I’ve never before, this is my first time really ever doing a musical in high school,” Reacher said. “I’m so ready to test myself out as a performer and learn and experience what the performing arts are in that aspect.”

The musical opens the last weekend of February and runs through the first weekend of March.

“I can’t wait to be onstage and show people what we’re working on,” Tolson said. “I think it’s going to be awesome.”

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Matthew Ramirez ’26
Matthew Ramirez ’26, Social Media Editor
Matthew Ramirez is a sophomore and a member of the Haven Yearbook. Matthew enjoys photography, art, and listening to music.
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