SING

By Olivia Munk12th Grade, Bronx Science High School My favorite part of theater has always been the process of creating it, so when my close friend and senior class president of Bronx Science mentioned our vice principal's interest in SING, I was all ears. SING is a tradition in many high schools. where teams (upper and underclassmen) get together to write original musicals that poke gentle fun at the school. There is a contest and one emerges victorious. After just a few minutes of needling, my friend emailed the vice principal, and by the end of the night, I was president of Bronx Science SING. With the help of a teacher, I set out a game plan as to how long we would need to write, audition, and rehearse. We created signs to put around the school, established an email account for the club, and sent out notifications for the meetings. As meetings progressed, we had 50 great students committed to the project. And by Christmas vacation, we had two solid ideas for original scripts. Several weeks later, we had two musicals and held auditions. Having always been a performer, it was a surreal experience to be sitting as a director rather than swallowing my nerves up onstage. My audition experience helped me be more empathetic to the kids’ plight; auditioning is probably one of the most terrifying ordeals a high schooler can go through! After three days, and several hours of negotiation, we had our actors. Once we plunged into rehearsal, I very quickly learned how much more responsibility I had to take on than if I was in the show myself. I had to be prepared and on top of my game every moment of every rehearsal—otherwise, nothing would get done. Learning a dance and singing along is one thing, but teaching it is entirely another! Instead of just learning my role in a show, I had to remember every single part, and know it well enough to teach it to a cast of 30 peers. What impressed me the most, though, was the commitment of the stage crew. In other productions, what happened backstage was always sort of a mystery to me—I would read the script, learn my lines, and a set was always magically provided to set the scene. This time, I got to see first hand the backbreaking labor that my ideas had created. Six weeks later, my directorial binder is filled with scribbles about acting objectives, jazz squares and fundraising ideas. I’m exhausted from lack of sleep due to impending deadlines at the program printers, yet excited to get to another rehearsal so I can lead my cast in cleaning up their group numbers. Never in my life have I become so involved in a project. While most seniors catch “senioritis,” I am spending more time than ever trying to make my high school a better place before I leave. TICKETS: $3 • Thurs, March 22 @ 4pm; Fri, March 23 @ 4pm & 8pm; Sat, March 24 @ 1pm • Bronx Science, 75 W. 205th St.