Adventuring INTO THE WOODS

by Judy Zhu

As we all know, SD is famous for its musical program. This summer, after I went back to school, I decided to join the musical—“Into the Woods”. When I was doing the tech for “RENT” last year, I was fascinated by those amazing scenes and beautiful chorus. People are sparkling when they are singing after three-month of training even when the topic is hard. The sickness of AIDS displayed thoroughly through the characters’ emotion. Each of the actors developed a full understanding of their character. I was amazed by this strong group of people and felt curious about the process of performing such a wonderful show in a short period. This was the driving force behind my desire to perform in “Into the Woods” this year.

SD is world-renowned for its musical program. This fall,I decided to join the musical—“Into the Woods”. When I was doing the tech for “RENT” last year, I was fascinated by thee amazing scenes and beautiful chorus. Watching the growth of the performers was inspiring. People are sparkling when they are singing after three-month of training even when the topic is hard. The sickness of AIDS displayed thoroughly through the characters’ emotion. Each of the actors developed a full understanding of their character. I was amazed by this strong group of people and felt curious about the process of performing such a wonderful show in a short period. This was the driving force behind my desire to perform in “Into the Woods” this year.

When I stepped into the dance studio and started my first audition in my life, I knew I would love this musical. Our Director of Theatre arts, Erica Smith, gave me a  that thengave me the confidence to sing smoothly instead of trembling and nervous. Erica is willing to help us at any time, and is always smiling while teaching about the stage-effects using her unique way. Denice, who teaches the singing technique,uses different postures to practice voice in a high key. The Dance teachers, Alyssa and Ms. Clark, are also involved in working with us on the musical; they reach out to  students whenever they need. We also have an amazing tech group which filled with enthusiasm and a strong sense of responsibility from every tech members.

Joining the musical was a risk for me, I am “jumping” out of my comfort zone but it is already worth it and I would advise others to try new things too.

This year, ‘Into the Woods’ will be far more excellent than last year with the effort of this professional group of cast and interesting story plots. I hope you will come and see the show!!

“在树林里”冒险:

我们都知道SD以她的音乐剧项目闻名,在这个夏天,我决定加入今年的”魔法黑森林“(INTO THE WOODS)。当我去年为音乐剧吉屋出租(RENT)做幕后的时候,我被那些精美的制作和优美的合唱给迷住了。当他们在唱歌的时候,他们仿佛在发光,即使他们经过了整整三个月的训练,他们也不显疲惫。艾滋病病人的痛苦和演员的情绪糅杂在一起,在舞台上展现的淋漓尽致,因为他们对自己的角色都有不同的理解,因此展现出来的表演各不相同,独具特色。我对去年的演出感到好奇:这群年轻人是怎么在如此短的时间内呈现出如此成熟的作品?这推动我去试镜今年的音乐剧”魔法黑森林“(INTO THE WOODS).

当我走进舞蹈训练室那一刻起,我就知道我会爱上这个音乐剧。Erica的笑给予了我自信去轻松的享受这个过程,而不是站在舞台上颤抖和紧张。作为SD艺术中心的指导,她随时随刻都愿意帮助你只要你需要帮助。她的笑容温暖着在音乐剧的每个人。Denice,她负责训练学生唱歌技巧,每次她都会用一些实用却不乏味的方法让我们的音域变宽。我们还有专业的舞蹈老师:Alyssa和Ms.Clark,只要你有任何不理解的动作,她们都会很热心的帮助学生完成。幕后的每一个成员都富有想象力和热情,他们都真心热爱音乐剧,因此成为了一个几乎完美的团队。

参加音乐剧对我来说是个挑战,我走出了我的安全区去尝试新鲜的东西,我也会在未来建议别人去尝试新鲜的东西。

今年,不仅有那些专业人员的帮助和那有趣的故事情节,“魔法黑森林”(INTO THE WOODS)会比去年的吉屋出租(RENT)更好。希望到时候你也能来看这部有意思的音乐剧!

About the Author

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Judy Zhu

I’m Judy, a member of the Class of ’21. As a student at SD, I am an Admissions Ambassador and involved in the Theatre Department. These activities enrich my school life. I like swimming, reading books, and watching movies during my leisure time. The best thing about being part of the SD community is that students can fully use their after-school time to do the thing they want to do. You can choose who you want to be at SD.

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