Heritage fall play makes up for spring disappointment

Despite smaller cast and other limitations, high school theater students persevere

Lillian Fuglei
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 11/2/20

The show must go on. Despite many setbacks, Heritage High School hosted its fall play, “The Election,” on Oct. 22-24. “I am so proud of everyone who has been involved in this show,” said …

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Heritage fall play makes up for spring disappointment

Despite smaller cast and other limitations, high school theater students persevere

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The show must go on. Despite many setbacks, Heritage High School hosted its fall play, “The Election,” on Oct. 22-24.

“I am so proud of everyone who has been involved in this show,” said senior Briana Gebhart, who worked on the production. “I’m amazed and so thankful for the great theater program we have, and I’m so excited that this was not something that I had to be disappointed about this year.”

Heritage’s winter musical, “Guys and Dolls,” was canceled in March as schools shut down early in the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving many Heritage students afraid of another disappointment. But with extra safety precautions, the October play was held on schedule.

“We’ve moved outside, and we’re wearing masks, but we also have a smaller audience size to allow for social distancing, and we will be streaming the show for a few days to get some more revenue since we can’t sell as many tickets,” Gebhart said.

Many changes went right to the core of the normal theater environment.

“We now have less people (on) both the cast and crews,” said senior Reanna Romero, who headed the play’s costume crew. “We could not do the show in our actual theater, so it’s hard to not be in a familiar spot.”

Despite the changes, the cast and crew were happy for the opportunity to make new memories. With the cancellations and changes to school this year, the fall play was one constant amidst the chaos.

“Though it is hard to see the good in things right now, being able to work on this show for my senior year has made my life complete and meaningful,” Romero said.

“Everyone seemed so much closer because we all could relate to each other in terms of what we had lost last spring. It felt so much more connected,” said student Thomas Garcia. “It felt like such a tightly knit group and everyone could tell the importance of this show to the people around them.”

Lillian Fuglei is a senior at Heritage High School.

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