Warming up in the Commons of SSS for dress rehearsal, April 7. (Deb Meissner photo)

Warming up in the Commons of SSS for dress rehearsal, April 7. (Deb Meissner photo)

Smithers Secondary Musical Theatre production presented “What you will,” April 8, 9 , 10.

“What you will” musical was held the weekend of April 8 at SSS, based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

Smithers Secondary Musical Theatre held its first public performance in three years with a musical called “What You Will.”

The play was an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on April 8 followed by three more performances Saturday night (April 9), a matinee on Sunday afternoon and a final evening show on Sunday (April 10).

The common area of Smithers Senior Secondary School (SSS) was a hive of activity during the evening of April 7 while props were adjusted and microphones finely tuned. The singers warmed up and the band played making final adjustments for the dress rehearsal.

“It’s very exciting,” said SSS drama teacher Heather Lee said as she whizzed by to help with costumes and vocal warm-ups the students were participating in.

Parents were running last-minute errands for the show, and a person on stage was making final prop changes. It’s a very busy time for the production, Lee said.

There has not been a musical theatre production at SSS in three years that was open to the public, and it took a great deal of coordination, work and hours of practice to pull it all off.

The theatre production had many hands in the ensemble coming together to make a successful production with band students, choir students, theatre students, art students and many support people, even shop students helped out building sets. It is an enormous undertaking, the director said.

The excitement in the air could be felt at the rehearsal with the bustle of many students and people involved. The flashy, fun costumes, music you could tap your foot to, combined with the songs that are literally “music to your ears” made this musical a success and joy to people who love theatre and music.

Last year the musical theatre group did put on a full production of Oliver! In fact, in some ways it was an even bigger feat to pull off as there were two complete casts as a contingency in case any of the leads became ill.

Attendance at performances were limited to students and staff.



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Final “tune-ups” being made in the band. (Deb Meissner photo)

Final “tune-ups” being made in the band. (Deb Meissner photo)

Mic checks for the singers before rehearsal, April 7 at SSS. (Deb Meissner photo)

Mic checks for the singers before rehearsal, April 7 at SSS. (Deb Meissner photo)

Opening night performance at SSS. Musical Theatre Production of “What You Will,” Friday April 8 (Deb Meissner photo)

Opening night performance at SSS. Musical Theatre Production of “What You Will,” Friday April 8 (Deb Meissner photo)