Fishers High School senior Kate Michael knows “Bring It On: The Musical” will resonate with her fellow students.
“It’s good for a lot of high school students to see because it deals with a lot of issues that are prevalent in today’s society,” Michael said. “It’s eye-opening, but it’s presented in a fun way.”
FHS’s production is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 15, 16 and 17 in the school’s auditorium.
Michael plays Skylar, who she describes as a stereotypical cheerleader.
“She really wants to be the captain and Campbell takes it from her, basically, so she’s angry about it,” Michael said. “Cheerleading is her life.”
Michael said Skylar in the script is portrayed as the stereotypical dumb blonde.
“I’ve been trying to dig deeper and find out what she struggles with in life and things like that,” Michael said.
Michael said the lines are the most she’s ever had to memorize for a role.
“Last school year I had a supporting lead role (in ’Seussical’) and it was about the same as far as the singing portion,” she said.
Michael said she is airborne in one stunt.
“I hope they don’t drop me,” said Michael, whose only cheerleading experience was in fourth grade.
Sophomore Emily Legg is cast as Campbell.
“She’s a relatable character to me because she’s kind of awkward and feels like there is a lot of pressure on her,” Legg said. “I felt that way getting this part in the musical as well, so that’s something I’ve been playing into.”
Legg, who performed as a Bird Girl in “Seussical” as a freshman, said she has performed in musicals in junior high and has been in dance for nearly seven years.
Like Michael, Legg said students will relate to the musical.
“It’s deals with a lot of issues we deal with, so I think it’s relatable for everyone,” she said.
Legg was a cheerleader for a year in middle school.
Sophomore Madelynn Ayen plays the role of Eva, a cheerleader who takes over the role after Campbell leaves the squad after she is redistricted to another high school.
“It’s so much fun,” Ayen said. “I never imagined a character that would be crazy and all over the place. When I first saw the musical, I was interested in the role of Danielle because she is really sassy, like me. But when they gave me the role of Eva, I was super excited.”
The singing range provides a challenge for Ayen
“She has really high notes and I have to belt a lot,” Ayen said. “It’s a challenge that’s really good. It pushes me to do better and be better.”
The music was co-written by Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The lyrics are by Amanda Green and Miranda. The book is by Jeff Whitty. Miranda created and starred in “Hamilton.”
“Doing this show has challenged all of us as an artistic team,” director Jon Colby said. “The tech director usually builds a big set, so there is a lot of levels, but we are actually using some of the cheerleaders from our national championship team, so we have to keep the floor flat because we have to keep mats on it for tumbling. We are going to do a ton of stuff with lights, so that should be really cool.”
FHS graduate and Ball State freshman musical theater major Annie Wolfert is helping with the choreography two to three days a week.
“We also had a boot camp on a Sunday where the whole cast learned how to do some of the lifts and flips,” Colby said.
Tickets are $5 for students and senior citizens and $10 for adults. For more, visit our.show/FHSBringItOn.