PHS Drama Club performs the musical, The Beverly Hillbillies, on May 6 and 7

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May 26, 2022

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From left, seniors Jace Bohlman and Dakota Hansen, sophomores Joe Bucher and Allie Gilliat, junior Hannah Sears, and freshman Paul Cox pose as their characters in the upcoming school musical: The Beverly Hillbillies

Every Spring, Powell High School actors contribute a lot of time and hard work into their annual musical production. This year students will be performing a musical tribute to the old television series: The Beverly Hillbillies. 

Performance days will occur on May 6 and 7 at 7 pm in the PHS auditorium.  Tickets will be available at the door for $8 and $5 for students. As the musical approaches, the cast is increasingly upbeat about the production.

“I’m so excited for performance day. We’ve worked our butts off, and  we are nearing the end now,” sophomore Allie Gilliatt said. “It’s just a fun and silly play that I’m excited for everyone to see.” 

I’m so excited for performance day. We’ve worked our butts off, and we are nearing the end now. It’s just a fun and silly play that I’m excited for everyone to see.”

— Allie Gilliatt

Other members of the production are hoping for a good turnout since they have been preparing since the end of February.

“We started off pretty rough, but I feel like we’re gonna be able to pull it together nicely,” senior Dakota Hansen said. “I’m hoping that everyone will feel good about their part, and we can enjoy the show as much as possible. Also the people who pay for tickets will see a good show.”

While the cast is preparing for the big day, this year looks a little different than previous years due to the new director. Elementary school teacher and new director Mr. Jeffery Greaham is optimistic for his first time directing a Musical. 

“It’s a lot harder than someone would think, but I have a good team and it’s been a powerful learning experience,” Greaham said. “We’ve put a lot of time into it, so hopefully it goes well.”

Although the cast and crew are hopeful for the production, musicals come with more challenges than your average play.

“There’s just so many factors that go into a musical. It’s so much more work than a normal play,” Gilliatt said. “Because not only do you have to get the lines and blocking down, but you add in music, singing, lyrics, and dancing on top of all of that.”

Despite the challenges of a musical, some actors are motivated by it and enjoy the aspects that are different from a regular play.

“Once we get into the swing of things and you learn the songs and the dances, I mean it’s a lot of hard work, but it’s so much fun.” Hansen said. “Not everyone is about singing and dancing, but I love music and it’s all fun.”