Students and staff prepare spring musical


The students and staff at GHS have been preparing to produce “Descendants: The Musical.” Rehearsals take place on various days through the week from 1:00 to 3:00, but with strict guidelines. Ms. Beth Tinsley, director, has been splitting everyone up during each rehearsal by having main cast members practice one day, and all of the cast another day. Everyone is required to wear a mask and have their temperatures taken upon arrival. Tinsley is ensuring that everyone is safe during this time.

Tinsley knew from the start that she wanted “Descendants” to be this year’s musical. “It’s a fun show that everyone is familiar with and since I lost the majority of my program last year, I needed to start with something….a little easier than we had in the past,” she said. She didn’t know who she would have in terms of the cast or what they would even be allowed to do.

Some weren’t even expecting to receive a role when they auditioned, including Derek Cruise (11). He received the role of Jay, the son of Jafar, in the play. Cruise had a few roles in mind that he might be based on the scripts read from during auditions. “I had no idea what I was going to get,” Cruise said. He has not seen the original films, so he is going in blind.

In terms of choosing the musical, Tinsley really didn’t explore any other options besides “Descendants.” “I’d had it in the back of my mind for a couple years, but it never felt right,” she said. Once this year started, she knew that’s what they were going to do whether they had the people or not. The cast and crew are bigger than what Tinsley was expecting for this year. This has increased her expectations. “Everyone has their parts and everyone is dedicated,” she said. Tinsley has no doubt that rehearsing, along with performing this musical, is going to be a good time.

Rehearsing certainly looks different this year, but in some ways it’s similar to how it was before. The crew painted a backdrop last Friday which will have a painted symbol from the film courtesy of GHS alum Andrea Heffinger. The cast is diligently running through scenes and learning lines, as well as learning cues for big numbers such as “Rotten to the Core.” Overall, the director and everyone involved are determined to make the musical a success! Cruise stated that he loved being involved. “I love theater and I’m excited to get back onto the stage,” he said.

The show will be performed on April 23 and 24 at 6:00 p.m. It’s still a good distance away, but the group can’t slow down now! They have a musical to perform.