Taking The Stage

Freshman Stella Stephens often went to musicals when she was young. She loved the dancing and singing and idolized the actors. She was captivated by the art. She wanted to be put in their shoes. Stephens wanted to be the one on the stage in front of over 400 people so that the people in the audience would then want to be in her shoes.

Since Stephens always had a passion for musicals, even before working in the them, she thought she would try it.

“I’ve done them every summer since I was 8,” Stephens said.

Sometimes it’s hard to be one hundred percent prepared for a show, but Stephens seems to do it.  The whole preparing process takes about a month and a half to two months, Monday through Thursday.

“It’s a lot of work because there is a lot of stuff you have to do like memorize your lines, help make props, get costumes together, take voice lessons everyday, and then I have to help out with the younger groups with a bunch of kids,” Stephens said.

During her first three musicals, she was in the younger group where you only do a few songs and now she helps with the younger groups along with working on her own shows.

“I like working with the little kids with the dance numbers and getting them on stage,” Stephens said.

Stephens has done The Little Mermaid, Mulan, High School Musical, Shrek, Seussical, and Aladdin. Her admiration for musicals is like Ariel’s admiration for the people. Stephens also loves the social aspect of doing musicals.

“I think it’s really fun to put a lot of work into into something and see how it turns out and meeting all the new people is the best part,” Stephens said. “You start off knowing no one then you get closer because you rehearse with them all the time.”

Musicals can also be stressful because sometimes they don’t always go as planned.

“On the last night I had an extra role where I had to pin the tail on another actor and it was only halfway clipped on and I was hoping it wouldn’t fall off while on the stage and it ended up falling off right when she got off,”  Stephens said.

Stephens found pride in finishing her first musical, The Little Mermaid.

“I felt so happy because of how it turned out, because I felt like I accomplished something good,” Stephens said.