WASHS auditorium to make 'Big' debut

March 25, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Waynesboro Area Senior High School students are working on a "Big" production to be performed this weekend in their new, big auditorium.

Dress rehearsals this week served as final preparation for "Big: The Musical," which can be seen in the school's 1,600-seat auditorium Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon.

The cast and crew worked through forgotten words, delayed set changes and microphones with dead batteries.

"This is what tech week is for. We'll get all the bugs out," said Maverick McKee, who plays company owner Mr. MacMillan.

Last year's all-school production was "Leader of the Pack." Although several students said "Big," based on the 1988 Tom Hanks movie, is more laid back than "Leader of the Pack," they lamented not having as much stage time for many people.


Last year was "more dance-centric and easier to get into," said Alexis Goodreau, a senior who plays secretary Miss Watson.

Mat Levine, a freshman who plays young Josh, joked his main memory from the show will be sitting in the hallway after his character mysteriously transforms into a grown man's body.

Morgan Jackson, a sophomore portraying a saleswoman, said she will remember the friends made during rehearsals.

"I'll remember wearing this clown suit," 11th-grader Ashlie Bakner said moments before stepping onto the stage.

Most of the cast watched the movie "Big" on their own accord.

"I think the show is better," Morgan said.

"I think the only thing people will remember from the movie is the piano," Maverick said.

The production uses a borrowed floor piano that lights up and plays two octaves.

"We took a day to choreograph it," Maverick said.

If you go ...

What: "Big: The Musical"

When: Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

Where: Waynesboro Area Senior High School, East Second Street, Waynesboro, Pa.

For information, call 717-762-1191

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