DHS Drama Club is putting on a production of the musical, “Fame”, May 9-11. Auditions begin the week of Feb. 25. A prerequisite for eligibility to audition is the ability to perform during Ren Fair on Feb. 23 at Midland Center for the Arts.
Senior Molly Rossman has been performing in DHS drama productions since her sophomore year, when she was in “Blood Brothers”.
“I love the people and the feeling you get when you’re performing,” Rossman said. “It’s exhilarating.”
The musical, based off of the 1980s film, tells the story of Carmen, a confident dancer with an ego, Serena, a shy but enthusiastic actress, Joe, a comical acting student, Schlomo, a classical violinist who starts a rock band and Tyrone, a talented but dyslexic hip-hop dancer. They are all talented high school students attending the High School of Performing Arts. The show explores issues of prejudice, identity, self-worth, literacy, sexuality, substance abuse and perseverance.
“It’s a very diverse show with an upbeat feel and a rock band for an orchestra,” Rossman said.
Rossman hopes to be cast as Carmen or Serena.
Director Amy Bushey encourages anyone with interest to audition, even if they have no experience with drama productions.
DHS alumnus Jeanine Wolf spoke at the initial meeting for the musical, also encouraging students to audition. Wolf had also never taken part in a drama production, but auditioned on a whim and ended up getting a lead part in last year’s production of “Hairspray”. Wolf received a standing ovation after her performance, and said she was able to take with her many new friends and memories.
The only audition requirements are the Ren Fair performance, paired with four characteristics: attendance, ability, work ethic and attitude.