Get Involved with the Musical. . . You Won’t Regret It!


Frannie Wied, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

Last year, I participated in NDA’s musical Footloose, and I can’t encourage everyone enough to audition for this year’s musical The Little Mermaid. Being a part of the musical is a rewarding experience that will define your high school years. 

The best way to describe the musical is a family. I know it sounds cliche, but the bonds you form with cast members and teachers are ones that will last a lifetime. Upperclassmen act as mentors for the freshmen, and teachers are a constant source of inspiration and encouragement. This isn’t something that ends when the curtain closes either, these are connections that you will have and cherish forever. From long Saturday practices to tech week, these are memories that you will covet forever. 

There is a role for everyone in the arts. It takes a village to put together a musical production, and it isn’t just the people that you see on center stage. From stage crew and lighting, to costumes and the hair and makeup crew, and even set design which is beginning now. You don’t have to perform or have any background experience in the arts. All talents are welcome, appreciated, and vital! There are so many different strengths that are showcased in the musical. Everyone’s talents come together to create something extraordinary. 

There are also so many fun and unique traditions that come with being a part of the musical. Last year I was chosen to take over for a graduating senior in leading our pre-show warmups, a tradition where the whole cast does aerobics on stage before the show. Little things like this are what makes the musical so special.  You’ll have to audition to discover the rest! 

The feeling that you get on opening night is like no other. There’s a mix of nerves and excitement running through your body, knowing that in a few short hours you’ll be on stage. When you finally step on stage (after what feels like forever!), you know that all of the hard work you put in was worth it. Time truly stops and it’s just you and your fellow castmates, having the time of your life. 

The musical is a supportive environment, too. It’s a place where you can feel comfortable stepping outside of your comfort zone or trying something new. Whether it’s your first musical or your tenth, there are always new things to learn and endeavors to try. 

There aren’t enough good things I can say about my experience with NDA’s musical. I look forward to the next three years and all that we will do and accomplish. If you are considering auditioning, go for it; you won’t regret it.