However, a reunion concert, featuring select portions of the show, called alumni and current students alike back to the auditorium to finally put on one final performance, and give the graduated alumni their concluding moment in the high school spotlight.
Photo: Alumni Ava Encinas rehearses her solo. Photo courtesy of RUHS Theatre
The production was given five hours on August 21 to jog their memories of the harmonies, character personalities, costuming and set pieces to put it all together for a 6:30 p.m. production for family and friends to enjoy. Senior Sydney French, who controlled the sound during the performance, enjoyed the closure after the nearly two-year hiatus
“It’s an amazing opportunity to be able to come back and finally round out the show, because we just got cut off in 2020 and didn't get to give it its full moment on stage,” French said.
Photo: Senior Sydney French waves at the camera during rehearsal. Photo courtesy of RUHS Theatre
Additionally, actors were grateful to be able to get back into their original costumes and relearn the chosen pieces from the show. According to junior Alyssa Moore, who acted in the ensemble, the break had given them a new perspective on performing for an audience.
“Covid really forces us to not take performing for granted, since we thought we were just gonna have a normal show, and then it turns out that we actually couldn’t. Now, whatever full scale performances we'll get to do in the future, [we] will have a whole new mindset and perspective because we will never take it for granted again,” Alyssa Moore said.
The pandemic has also allowed members of the department, like stage manager and junior Daniela Talleda, to consider theatre from a preventative standpoint and look to the future to make sure that whatever happens, they will be prepared.
“It made me realize that you have to build a safety blanket and override a lot of things that you do because anything can happen now, and you always have to be thinking those two steps ahead,” Talleda said.
Cover photo by Zelia Lerch Photos courtesy of RUHS Theatre