– NBHS – Footloose was big production for students NBHS – Each year North

Buncombe High School puts on three plays for the entire year. Their first play is their main

BY Erin Dalton


duction, then a


play, and lastly an extracurricu- lar production, which typically is a musical. This year the final play of the season is Footloose. “Footloose is really interesting

because it’s about community. People watch the show and go, ‘This is about a conflict between young kids and the church’, and so they see that kind of divide,” Ricky Hudson, the high school’s theatre teacher and director, said “But everyone is hurting, so they are trying to heal them- selves, and they realize they need each other.” Footloose was the musical of

choice this year because Direc- tor Hudson was looking for a production that would generate interest to both get kids to come try out and a “crowd-pleaser.” One of the seniors helped in suggesting the musical that was made into a movie (1984 and 2011), and they ran with it. “It’s been a lot of fun, and

we’ve made a lot of progress in the last few weeks. It started off a little rough, obviously to be ex- pected, but we’ve made a lot of progress getting the music down and getting everyone to sound- ing as they should,” said Megan Treadway,

stage manager and

senior at the school. When they started back in

January there was a large turn- out of students who wished to be a part of the production. Having a big cast was a nice difference from last year when they per- formed 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a play

not many knew of and had a much smaller cast, according to Treadway. Also the larger cast has permitted them to fill all the roles with no need to cut people or characters out and nurture other talents. For example, the high school’s art club helped with the backdrops, and other cast members have paint set pieces or helped in choreograph- ing. “Once you get more people

working on something not only do you feel the burden being lift- ed off of you to get everything done, but also it’s just more pow- erful,” Director Hudson said, “because other people add their creative look to it.” There is merit and experi-

ence that comes with not only performing, but experiencing the process and the final prod- uct. For students and actors Lee Cover, a junior playing Ren, and Brigid Hudson, a sophomore playing Ariel, the experience has been fun and exciting. “It’s tiring because it’s every

day. We are constantly working, so you come home and basically pass out,” Hudson said “But it’s worth it.” “My expectations come open-

ing night are so different from my expectations right now. My expectations all the way to the moment I have to let the show go is about the work, about the way the show looks, it’s about the ef- fort the kids are putting in, and putting on a production they, the school, and myself could be proud of,” Director Hudson said. “When its time and the kids are performing, my hope is they are just enjoying themselves. Creat- ing memories to remember.” The show’s opening night was

March 9 with all the final pieces fall into place.


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