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Were You All Shook Up?

Ryan Vogel and Zac Randolph

Ryan Vogel and Zac Randolph

Ryan Vogel and Zac Randolph

Zac Randolph, Junior, Singing

Zac Randolph, Junior, Singing

Saturday, November the 3rd, I attended the Clearwater High School fall Musical, and I have to say it left me “All Shook Up,” There was a lot of interaction between the cast and the audience. The cast drew the audience in and made them feel like they were a part of the musical itself. They also all appeared to know their parts well and were very in tune with their characters. One of the main characters, Dennis, was played by Zac Randolph. Dennis was in love with Natalie Haller, played by Samantha Church. Zac enjoyed his part by saying, “I’ve been interested but never wanted to audition until my friends Kayla and Rylie convinced me to.” There was a particular memory that stood out to Zac. He said, “Well I just remember that during tech week of this show, everything was a train wreck. People didn’t know songs or the dances. But at the end of the week, we had it down and it turned out really well.” Zac recalls feeling a little insecure. He said, “At first I wasn’t so confident about my singing, but with the encouragement of everyone in the cast and crew, I became more relaxed and confident.” Everyone has someone who inspires them throughout their lives. There was a specific person for Zac during this production. “All of my directors have but definitely my friend Rylie. She always encouraged me and brought out the best in me. She helped me through the stress of practices and performances,” he said. With any great work comes a lot of challenges. When asked about his biggest challenge, Zac replied, “Choreography. It was hard remembering all of the dances for all of the different songs.” To overcome this, Zac couldn’t do it by himself. He credits Mrs. Rhoadarmer for his success in that area by stating, “Well, Mrs. Rhoadarmer had us practice and practice until we couldn’t do it wrong. And I’m not going to lie, it pretty hard/stressful.” Zac had these words of advice to anyone considering being in the musical: “Do it. You’ll have the time of your life. It’s made me more social and interactive with other people. Its gotten me out of my comfort zone.”

Avery Schill performed as one of the devilettes and also one of Miss Sandra’s statues; Carlee Lill was a featured dancer and an Angelette. Both had a few things to say about the musical. When Avery was asked if she had always been interested in musicals and what made her want to audition she replied, “Yes, I love the energy behind the songs and the bonding of everyone in the shows. I wanted to audition because I love dancing and singing. During the musical last year, I learned so much and I wanted to do it again.” Carlee Lill said, “I have always been interested in musicals because my older brother did them and I always enjoyed watching them.” Just like Zac, Avery and Carlee both had special people that inspired them. “Samantha Church inspired me to work hard and learn my music,” Avery said. Carlee’s inspiration came from a good friend, “Addison Schwerdtfeger. She was always there to talk to and always understood everything that I was able to rant about. she knew the struggle of how stressful the musical is. I wish everyone in the musicals had a friend like Addison.”

Under the direction of Mr. and Mrs. Rhoadarmer, the cast and crew of “All Shook Up” did an outstanding job. The talent was amazing, from the singing and dancing to the lights and sound. Their performance would’ve made Elvis Presley proud.

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