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Musical Cast Full of First-Time Performers–Including Sandy, a Dog!


NDA’s musical Annie is filled with first-time participants, ranging from freshmen to seniors.

“Out of a cast of 40 students, 30 of the students are new to the musical theater program,” said English teacher Andrea Gilson, the musical director.

Besides the 40 cast members, there are  also tech, stage and set crew members, which brings the total participants to 80 students.

“We have a lot of underclassmen in the musical this year, and it is so exciting seeing their growth as the musical progresses and watching their talent shine,” explained Gilson.

Gilson encourages underclassmen to join the musical next year, as “many of the seniors that did the musical for the first time last year said their biggest regret in high school was not joining the musical sooner.”

“I would tell anyone that is interested in working backstage or auditioning that the musical will be a highlight of your high school career. It is a positive environment, and there are roles for everyone. Everyone is nervous when auditioning, but effort and preparation goes a long way.”

Freshman Elijah Weiss is excited to play FDR and ride around in a 1930s style wheelchair. He is also a part of the ensemble.

“I decided to do the musical because my sister did it all four years and always seemed to have fun doing it, so I thought I would try it out. As of right now, I will do the musical next year,” said Weiss.

Jessica Sack is a senior who will act as the maid and dog catcher. She is also the understudy for Grace Farrell. Sack commented that she always wanted to be in the musical, but she was “too afraid to go to auditions.”

“This year, on the day of auditions, I decided to go out, and I am so glad I did,” she said.

Besides the enjoyment of performing on stage, joining the musical is a great opportunity to meet new people that are not in your grade level.

“I have met so many new people, especially from different grade levels that I now get to call my friends. The musical is filled with a variety of personalities, which is why when you are not on stage, you’re still having a good time,” added Sack.

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Mason Tumpach, Editor-in-Chief
Mason Tumpach is a senior at NDA that is entering his second year writing for the Tritonian. Along with writing news and feature stories that highlight the best qualities of NDA, Mason is also a German Club leader. If you don’t find him writing for the paper, he most likely can be found playing the piano or attending jiu jitsu practice. Mason is also a member of the Debate Club and Writers Union. He is looking forward to working with Mrs. Brown and all the other staff members to make the Tritonian the best it can be.

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