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Lancers Hit the Stage Theatre teacher, Annette Taser and recently hired choir director, Gary Frizten, gathered choir and theatre students to perform Jimmy Roberts and Joe DiPietro's musical comedy, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. This is the first musical production East Union has performed in five years! Over forty students auditioned to perform in this musical, and a cast of twenty-six were selected. Those who were chosen were required to rehearse every day after school for nearly two months. "We rehearsed for at least one hundred hours, and had rehearsals every night for a little over two hours." explained Choir President and advanced theatre member, Zoey Campbell, "It was crazy, seeing the final product was so fulfilling." Mr. Gary Fritzen, taught theatre students the correct way to project their voices when singing, while Mrs. Anette Taser gave tips to choir members on how to be expressive when performing. Some cast members, such as advanced theatre student Ezra Lenhardt, had absolutely no experience in musical theatre. Lenhardt confessed, "I was scared to sing in front of people because I've never had any experience in singing. I had to learn quickly, and there was a lot of pressure. It was very difficult at first, but also really fun." When you're a performer it's easy to be very critical about tiny mistakes, but that is nothing compared to the overall satisfaction of the audience. Junior, Michaela Pangburn, sees Broadway musicals every year! "I would definitely watch them stage another musical again!" exclaims Pangburn. It was really good and super fun to watch them perform." Unlike Michaela, junior, Jaysen Reindel, rarely watches musicals. "I went in there expecting to see a 'high school musical.'" said Reindel, "I definitely did not see a high school musical. It was so much more than what I was expecting." The musical, "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change." is Broadway's second-longest running musical. It is displayed in a series of scenes that portray the more awkward and quirky qualities of love and relationships. The play's slogan is "Everything you have secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws but we're afraid to admit." The show opens with a simple first date, and throughout the performance the story begins to build rather quickly. For example, the scenes of the first dates open the show. Following the first date are scenes that discuss marriage, and lastly the play begins to close with a family and children. Overall the musical was a complete success and many cast members truly enjoyed their first musical theatre performance. "The musical was a big success because of our incredibly dedicated staff members! We put our hearts and souls into this!" exclaims Thespian Club Vice President, Fakhia Rahimi. "We could not have done this without the help our Director Mrs. Taser, the musical assistance of Mr. Fritzen, our stage manager Katie Johnson, and everyone in the show!" East Union's Musical: I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change Tuesday, November 1, 2016 9:41 PM Finished Stories Page 1 Advanced Theatre member, Arely Buerman plays an overly eager young lady waiting for a phone call in Scene 9 Act II, "He Called Me." Advanced choir member, Lily Patton, and advanced theatre member, Jose Ortega play two distraught children on a family car ride in Scene 14 Act II, "The Family That Drives Together." Finished Stories Page 2 Intermediate theatre student, Grant Gagaza sings out in Scene 4 Act I, "Why? 'Cause I'm A Guy. Advanced theatre student, Katie Johnson shouts for the boys' attention in Scene 4 Act I, "Why? 'Cause I'm A Guy." Finished Stories Page 3