After seeing “High School Musical” time and time again, most of us think we have a pretty good idea of what it would be like to be in a theater production. You would have a ton of rehearsals, you would memorize lines and paint sets, and of course, there would be a ton of drama between all of the people in the show. However, theater productions at Dripping Springs High School are not quite like this.
“In reality, it’s very different than it sounds like it would be on the outside,” Joey Kelley said. “It’s a lot of work, especially musicals. You have rehearsal for 4 or 5 hours together every single day for weeks and weeks. The cast really becomes a family through all the hard work. And it’s not like ‘Oh I wanna do this because I want a family,’ it’s just because of the stupid amounts of time that you spend with each other that you end up just becoming a family that loves each other and has a ton of fun together.”
Kelley played the male lead, Tevye, in “Fiddler on the Roof.” He has been in almost all of the theater productions at the high school for the past four years, but this year’s musical was different than all the productions he had previously been in.
“For some odd reason this production was really different,” Kelly said. “I think it’s mostly because I don’t really hang out with a lot of people lately because a lot of my friends graduated last year. Making new friends during the process was fun and new. This year almost all of our seniors were people that I was not friends with previously. Now we’re all hanging out and just playing video games together, because we all saw each other for four hours every single day and never hung out outside of school, but now we’re going to hang out all the time, just because we’re gonna miss each other.”
Junior Seth Krzeminski also felt like the cast of “Fiddler on the Roof” really became a family over the course of putting together the production.
You meet a lot of new people and since you’re all focused on the same thing, the process of becoming friends is a lot faster than if you had just met them in school,” Krzeminski said. “It’s also just a new experience and it’s amazing to see everything come together, like all the technical elements. The teachers are really chill too, they’re more of friends than teachers and it makes the whole process really fun and enjoyable.”
Overall, Kelley and Krzeminski love being in productions. They love the people, the experience, and being able to see all their hard work pay off in the end.
“Being in a production, what it really comes down to is doing something that you love, with people that you love,” said Kelley. “Even if you don’t love them at the beginning, you will by the end.”