Behind-The-Scenes Work Translates Into On-Stage Success At Birdlebough

When the John C. Birdlebough High School Drama Club recently presented “Guys and Dolls,” the successful performance was the culminating act after months of hard work.

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John C. Birdlebough High School students take the stage for their recent “Guys and Dolls” performance.

According to Brian Logee, the director of the musical, countless students, staff members and volunteers work tirelessly behind the scenes leading up to the actual show.

However, when the curtains open for the debut performance, all that effort pays off, and this year’s show was no exception.

“The performance is always exceptional, but the work that goes into the production is what makes the show a success,” Logee said. “Usually when people come to see a musical they sit down and are entertained for two-and-one-half hours without understanding all the pieces that came together to make it happen.”

Some of the different components include selecting the play, choosing a cast, learning music and choreography, building the set, developing the props, making costumes, determining lighting schemes, doing sound checks and dozens of other behind-the-scenes tasks.

“All of these different elements come together and the audience sees a seamless production, and that’s all we can ask for,” Logee said.

For the student actors, the constant rehearsals and the workload can be daunting.

Lead actors Ben Bulgrien and Sarah Hoag noted that like many of the other drama club members, they are involved in several extracurricular activities and it can be challenging to find time to juggle everything.

“It’s really hard to find a balance between sports, school, the musical and everything else,” Hoag said. “In the weeks leading up to the play I would find myself immersed in my character. I would think, ‘what would Adelaide do in this situation.’ It’s a major commitment.”

Bulgrien echoed Hoag’s sentiments and said the hard work is worth its weight in gold when the show brings the audience to its feet.

“It’s a load of fun, a lot of hard work and you’re surrounded by the best people,” Bulgrien said. “Everyone in drama club is so supportive and encouraging and we spend so much time together, it really is like a family.”