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Battle of the sexes alive and well

Wren Wertin

“It’s an interesting story about relationships,” she said. “Even though in the play there are more women than men, back then women were truly a commodity.”

It’s a simple plot – the seven brothers want female companions, and they want them now. Unfortunately for them, their social graces – not to mention their social standing – are lacking in a bad way. Of course they’re frustratingly lovable, and Foster has managed to call up all of the potential boyish charm lurking inside the morass of teenaged boys.

The brides-to-be are not easily impressed with the lugs, and in true heroine style they make the louts earn their favor. These girls know their lines and are able to have fun with them on stage. (And they seem to enjoy tormenting those boys, too.)

Elizabeth Eves has been involved in BMHS’ spring musicals all four years of her tenure there. She’s also involved in track, student council and dance.

“I love performing,” she said. “It’s a thrill to get out in front of people and show them what you’ve put together with other people. I don’t like to not be involved – I like getting to know people.”

Many of the students echoed that sentiment. Pulling the play together was unquestionably hard work, but it was also a social affair. Robbie McGowan has always made friends during the plays he’s been involved in.

“Most of my best friends now I met last year during the play,” he said. “It’s a good time. I mean, Mrs. Foster, she’s a perfectionist, and she wants us to do it right, so she might get mad. But it’s really fun. I love standing up doing stuff in front of a crowd. If I can make 400 people laugh, that’s the coolest.”

He doesn’t have any problems dressing up to dance and sing in front of a crowd; in fact, he admits to liking musicals.

“A bunch of my friends that aren’t in the play, they make fun of me, but they’re too scared to do it,” he said. “I don’t take any of that too seriously.”

His stage-mate Chris Atencio has never been in a musical before, though he’s no stranger to the stage.

“My favorite thing is hanging out with fun people,” he said. “We’ve really come together as a cast.”

According to Foster, they’re still learning how to take care of each other, such as making everyone is in place with the necessary props. The backstage crew is entirely made up of students, too.

They’ve been able to play with it. One of girls’ favorite scenes is the “capture scene.”

“The guys chase us,” said Susie Pope. “It’s really cute. I hide with an apron over my head.”

Her comment caused the surrounding girls to add their well-voiced approval of the scene. Pope is interested in singing, dancing and acting, as are many of her cast-mates. Despite the long hours of rehearsals – four to five days a week since early February – they’ve enjoyed themselves.

“Yeah, of course it’s a lot of work, but it’s well worth it,” she said. “Besides, the people are nice, too.”

Jessie Hanson has been in many musicals, including “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Guys and Dolls.” She likes the thrill of performing on stage.

“It’s a lot of work developing a character and learning lines,” she said.

She develops a character by figuring out their background, and based on that she knows how she might react in certain situations. She describes her character as “kind of flirty.”

“I’m not flirty at all,” she said. “It’s kind of fun to do something you’ve never done before.”

Heather Kroscheo is a student at Vail Christian Acadamy; because they don’t have a theater program there, she participates at BMHS. She’s the dance captain.

“I love teaching dancers,” she said. “That first second when people get it, the joy is there, the smiles are so big. I like the musicals more than plays – they’re so cheesy.”

The performance is accompanied by band director Jim Knapp’s players, Catherine Himmes (flute, piccolo), Cynthia Holappa (keyboard), Daniel Ack (bass piano) and Greg Douras (guitar).

“7 Brides for 7 Brothers” will be performed tonight and Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the BMHS auditorium.

Wren Wertin can be reached via e-mail at wrenw@vaildaily.com or phone at 949-0555 ext. 618.


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