Marysville drama students will return to the stage for the first time in about two years with their performance of “All Together Now!” musical in November.
Students are preparing the variety show right now, which will include a number of popular numbers from well-known plays such as Rent, Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, Les Miserables and Into the Woods.
The school usually works with MTI to license their plays.
“A lot of programs lost money during COVID so they made this production for free, which contains a lot of their most well-known songs,” said Jack Lawler, a senior and the co-president of the Marysville Pilchuck High School drama club.
Students said the audience will enjoy the variety of songs.
“We have the kids songs like from Frozen, and then we have songs from Mamma Mia and even some from [the popular band] Green Day,” said senior Lily Siron.
The production is unique in that it will allow students to take on famous songs that they normally wouldn’t be able to do.
“A lot of these songs we couldn’t do without doing the full production,” said Siron. She cited songs from the American Idiot musical as something the school likely couldn’t do.
“We would never get to do that outside of this show, because that show is R-rated,” she said.
The cast also were given some control over the numbers they could do.
“We were given several choices and you just had to pick 15. I think the choices we made fit the cast very well,” said drama club member Veronika Gardulski.
She said she is excited to perform her solo, which will come in the song Children will Listen from Into the Woods.
“I love Meryl Streep and to be able to do a song by her is great,” said Gardulski.
This is the first time Marysville Pilchuck High School and Getchell students have had a chance to return to the stage in two years.
“The last show we did in person was A Christmas Story, during my sophomore year,” said Lawler. “I’m very excited to be back on the stage."
Students said they were glad to be able to see an audience again.
“We’ll get to have a face-to-face audience we can actually interact with,” said drama club co-president Nolan Crumrine. “I’m feeling pretty relieve to be back on stage. It’s great to see friends again."
Gardulski said the drama club has done Zoom presentations during the pandemic, but it is harder to keep energy high during those.
“I love going on stage. It’s nerve-wracking but it also gives you that great feeling,” she said.
“I want to be an actor one day so this is the environment I thrive in, it’s my favorite thing in the world,” said Lawler.
Students also enjoy being able to have social interaction with their friends again.
“I’ve really missed hanging out with everyone and just the weird jokes we have here,” said Siron.
The production will be held at Marysville Pilchuck High School’s auditorium on Nov. 12, 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. and on Nov. 13 at 1 a.m.
Tickets will be available at the door. The production can only accept cash or checks made out to the MPHS Drama Club.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students with an ASB card, senior citizens and children under five.