By staff writer Stacey Hines
Graphics by Joseph Gardner
“Bring It On: The Musical” definitely brought it on. It brought energy, it brought emotion, it even brought flashes of comedic greatness. It was the second musical directed by Robin Tuckett, the drama teacher at Timberline. Bring It On follows the life of cheerleader Campbell (played by senior Hailey Phipps) as she is suddenly reassigned from Truman High School to Jackson High School. Campbell has everything going for her at the preppy and peppy Truman High, but has to learn to adjust to her new life at the ruthless, inner-city Jackson High. Campbell finds friends at Jackson High that help her to establish a cheerleading squad, and eventually go toe-to-toe with Truman High School, captained by her former prodigy, Eva (played by junior Amy Olson), at the National Cheerleading Championships.
Now that the plot is out of the way, here’s the review.
Much like the fall musical, Xanadu, Bring It On featured some great vocalists, including seniors Maylilian Mikaele and Isaac Velez-Fucal. Each song hit home with the viewer while brilliantly telling the story of the musical. Not to be outdone by the music was the incredible acting. Junior Cameron Dyas and sophomore Analisa Allen deserve endless applause in their respective roles as La Cienega and Nautica. Despite the fact that their roles were scripted as supporting cast members, they were not overshadowed by Danielle (played by Maylilian Mikaele). In addition to Dyas and Allen, senior Trinity Knight as did an incredible job in her supporting role as Bridget, Campbell’s only friend upon entering Jackson High. Knight provided a unique, quirky punch to the musical in her role that would find any director hard-pressed to replace. All in all, the entire cast did a spectacular job in playing their parts, and not letting their parts play them.
As with any theatrical production, it is difficult to deliver the perfect performance, and Bring It On was no exception to this concept. The major flaw in the musical would have to be the actual cheerleading portions of the play. Cheerleading is a craft that does take years of practice to perfect. While the production did feature one cheerleader from Timberline’s own cheer squad (senior Rebecca Griscom), it was evident that most of the cast did not have much of a background in stunting. My only other complaint would have to be about Campbell’s love interest in the play, Randall (played by Isaac Velez-Fucal). The chemistry between Campbell and Randall was there, but it felt as if the two should have had more interaction in the musical. The relationship between the two seemed as if it was thrown together just to provide the the cliche big kiss scene. Admittedly, this is not the fault of either of the actors, but rather the plot.
Overall, the positives of Bring It On outshined the negatives. This musical was my personal favorite since the 2016 spring musical, “Miss Saigon”. For this to be the last production for many of the cast members, they can truly say they went out strong.
I give the musical 4/5 stars.