Tonight, for the very first time, I got to see Disney’s High School Musical. It was absolutely delightful!
Back in September, one of my friends from Ball State University, Tim Siefker, told me his son, Mitchell, 16, would be starring in this musical. Tim asked if I would be interested in coming to the show, and fortunately November 16 was free.
The production was held at Westfield High School, in a beautifully designed and built auditorium. It was produced by CYT of Indianapolis, Christian Youth Theater.
The musical is cute, and serves as a tremendous magnet for teenagers, and even younger. Although the storyline is predictable, it is filled with catchy and energetic tunes.
What impressed me most was the vast number of young people involved in this production. I love seeing the stage filled with so much young talent.
For me, this is an exceptional way to involve students in the process of musical theater. All too often, students are turned away from shows through the audition process. As a director, I prefer to find a spot for everyone who wants to be in the show. I know there have been some students who auditioned for shows throughout their entire high school career and never made that first show. I prefer to get them involved so that they can learn about the process of theater. You never know just what might develop from a student who is given the chance.
CYT seems to maintain a similar philosophy which I heartily applaud.
Mitchell is an outstanding performer, and I am eager to see him in future productions, and to see where this fine prospective career will take him.
Another highlight of this production: it was directed by Doug King a fellow cast mate in the Ball State University Singers.
Thank you, CYT, for all you do to enrich the lives of young people interested in the performing arts!