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Run it from the top: “Sweeney Todd” week eight

In this past week of “Sweeney Todd” rehearsals, the cast and crew worked hard to build up their muscle memory and create the perfect production for opening night.

Perfection: impossible to achieve, yet a desirable quality nonetheless.

In the past week of rehearsals for “Sweeney Todd,” the cast and crew worked hard to achieve their level of perfection. 

Between making multiple runs of the show to finally getting to work with the long awaited set and costumes, the cast and crew had time to bond and come together during and in between the hectic moments that ruled the rehearsals.

Sophomore, Q-Lab Monitor and Assistant Stage Manager Jan Soriano explained that this past week, the cast and crew went into overdrive, putting all of their energy and focus into improving the show before opening night arrives.

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“We did our first run-through of the full show, where we finally got to see everything come together,” he said. “It honestly was better than I thought. Everyone was focused. You can tell everyone was starting to really get into the headspace that we have a show in less than two weeks.”

As the cast prepares for tech week – the hardest week of a show where lighting and final preparation is done for over four hours a day after school – tensions are running high, with the cast and crew worrying if everything will get done. 

While always worried about the short turnaround of any show, director Mr. Justin Baldridge is confident that the long hours of tech week will give the actors a chance to review any missed material. 

“As exciting as tech can be, it is also one of the most stressful and tiring parts of the rehearsal process,” he said. “Because of all the elements we start to incorporate, we are forced to move extremely slowly, taking up more time than expected. However, we are able to use a lot of downtime while waiting for lighting, costumes, props, etc. to clean vocals, dances and acting choices.”

With only two weeks until opening, the cast and crew urges staff, students and families to purchase tickets to help support the Theatre Company, and students who have worked so hard to create this (almost) perfect show so far.

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Madison Thacker
Madison Thacker, Arts/Entertainment Editor
Madison Thacker is junior who's embarking on her first year in journalism. Her journey through the performing arts started at just 5 years old, and today, she's ever-present in the performing arts magnet at VNHS. Beyond the spotlight, Madison has dedicated over eight years to the Girl Scouts, earning both bronze and silver awards for her commitment. As high school nears its end, Madison's plans point to a UC education, where she plans to major in education and minor in child development, shaping young minds for a brighter future.
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