So many events are being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the spring musical at Guntersville High School is a go, according to choral teacher Breanna Talley.
If they can’t do a live performance with social distancing in the audience, at the very least they will do a virtual performance, she said.
The spring musical is normally performed in February or March. It could be pushed back to April in 2021 due to the challenges presented by the pandemic.
“We are just trying to plug through,” Talley said. “Our plan is to have a musical and abide by all the guidelines.”
The show choir didn’t get to participate in any competitions in the fall, she said.
“There have just not been as many opportunities as there would be in a normal year,” Talley said. “We want to make the spring musical as big and meaningful as possible under the circumstances.”
She said auditions were different, but students spread out in the auditorium and they met all the state guidelines for a gathering.
Students were given the option to audition with a face mask on if they wanted. Everyone was spread out and most pulled down their masks for the tryouts.
The show is “Give My Regards to Broadway.” These students were cast in these roles:
George Foster – Michael Raulerson
Eddie Cowles – Josh Quigley
Trixie – Grace Williams
Betty – Mallory Jones
Flossie – Lynley Stricklin
Suzie – Blair Glassco
Connie – Audrey Beasley
Hilda – Maggie Landers
Mona Monroe – Harper Chassay
Mary Collins – Mamie Patton
Legs Ruby – Kalon Upton
Millie – Millie Claire Woodard
Mugsy – Joe Patton
Vinny (Mugsy’s Sidekick) – Will Pettry
Babs – Caroline Smith
Donald Harper – Chris DeLaFuente
Gangsters/Soldiers/Ensemble – Thomas Miller, Justin Collins, Dalton Glasgow, Chris Love
Chorus Girls/Ensemble – Shelby Boggus, Kinsley Amme Fancher, Brooke Braswell, Ashlyn Pate, Kambree Wells, Chloe Carnley, Ella Beth Kirkland
“We have an amazing group of seniors and we wanted to give them every opportunity we could,” Talley said. “It would be a shame to not give them a chance to have this experience.”
Plans call for something very special for this show, a live music pit. The new band director Skylar McHanm, is planning to put that together.
“There’s been a live pit before at GHS, but it has been eons,” Talley said. “The music for this show lends itself to having a live pit and Skylar and I share so many of the same students. It’s a great chance for them to be able to do this.”
In addition to McHan, helping Talley with the show are Trina Slappey and Jessica Light.
Rehearsals will start in January, following all state COVID guidelines.