Carmel High School senior Chase LaPlante is finding quite a bit to like about the fall musical, “Edges.”
“It’s very unique. What I like about it most is the creative freedom we are given as actors, especially students. We don’t get the chance to build our own songs and our own characters,” said LaPlante, who is in his second year with the mixed show choir Ambassadors and a cappella group Select Sound. “The directors have been awesome in letting us do almost anything we want and take any interpretation we want with our songs. We get to block ourselves (movement on stage) and create our characters.”
“Edges,” which is set for Sept. 21 to 23 at the CHS auditorium, is a song cycle, a group of songs performed in a sequence as a unit.
“It’s not a super well-known show, but it’s kind of blank-slate intentionally how it was written,” director Sam Chenoweth said. “They picked the order of the show. They picked their costumes and blocking their own numbers. We’re taking a student-led approach. We’re trying to teach them how to create something like this.”
The musical was written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who wrote the musical, “Dear Evan Hansen.” The duo also wrote songs for “La La Land” and “The Greatest Showman.”
Senior Sydney Greene said everyone in the show has a solo, a duet and are all in group numbers.
“We’ve never done a musical that we create ourselves. It’s super cool,” Greene said.
CHS usually only has a big spring musical, so having a fall musical is new for all the students.
“I’m planning to go into college for musical theater, so having another opportunity to do another show is awesome to do,” she said.
Greene is balancing time with the dance team, Charisma, which performs at soccer games.
“We all work well together and all bring new ideas,” said Greene, who is starting her third year in Ambassadors.
Junior Amber Poziviak, a first-year member of Accents, is part of the eight-member cast.
“I love that it’s a small cast, so we can really be part of the creative process,” she said. “It’s about going into adulthood and things we face in our real life.”
The performances will be 7 p.m. Sept. 21 and Sept. 22 and 2 p.m. Sept. 23. Tickets are available at ticketracker.com.