By Staff Writer Annica Danielson
Graphics by Michael Barnes
Students who attended the spring sports assembly on April 27 caught a glimpse of Timberline’s upcoming musical, “Bring It On”. However, much more goes on behind the scenes than meets the eye. Weeks of rehearsals led to the preliminary event, and there is much more in store for the cast and crew of the show.
“Bring It On” centers on a cheerleader named Campbell who moves to a school without a cheerleading squad and ends up on the dance team. The play follows Campbell as she makes friends and learns important lessons. With lively, upbeat music written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the show is a definite crowd pleaser. “The music is really fun, and it’s been a really fun show to work with,” said musical director Elliot Weeks.
Aside from music, “Bring It On” includes cheerleading, dancing, and stunting. For many members of the cast, these took time and patience to perfect. “[The dances] are just complicated enough that you have to think about what to do, but easy enough to learn in a reasonable amount of time,” said senior Joshua Winslow, who plays a Truman High Stuntman.
Despite the unique nature of the show, the cast has done an excellent job mastering the complex music and choreography involved with the play. “The potential for this cast is so great that we’ve got a really good show on our hands,” said Weeks.
As the cast and crew approaches Tech Week, they hope to smooth out their kinks and make the show the best that it can be. “I really hope that the whole show will be sold out,” said junior and ensemble member Tuan Le. “Bring It On” creates a different dynamic than many plays that Timberline has done in the past, and the cast and crew have worked hard to portray that dynamic as well as they can. “My hope for this show is that we can connect with each other and the audience and create something special,” said Weeks.
The show opens May 11, with show dates at 7 p.m. on May 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, and May 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets are between $7-10 in the Timberline Theater.