The snowstorm the week of Feb. 3 that canceled classes throughout the area, also created a quandary for those participating in extracurricular activities.
The theater department at Lee’s Summit West High School presented the musical comedy “Anything Goes” Feb. 8 despite missing a week worth of rehearsal time due to school being called off.
Now set for its second run beginning tonight (Feb. 14) and running through Feb. 16, the production is fine-tuned for an encore performance starting at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14-15 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 16.
“We just kind of had to go off the hopes of God that everything would come together,” said senior Abbi Richardson, who plays Bonnie, the love interest of Seth Harper’s character Moonface Martin, aka Public Enemy No. 13. “We had a short little dress rehearsal on Friday (Feb. 7) when we were supposed to have our first show and I think everything just fell into place. Everything happens for a reason, so (the opening performance) was great.”
As an actress, Richardson said missing rehearsal days leading up to the opening of the play had its advantages and disadvantages.
“It definitely was not the greatest thing,” she said. “It was very nerve-racking, but I think that the sense of wanting to be awesome and wanting to keep with the line that ‘the show must go on’ really helped everyone to motivate themselves to work even harder and make up for all of those days that we missed.”
Brad Rackers, theater director at Lee’s Summit West, commended cast and crew for their patience and focus working through a week’s worth of days off.
“We just worked extremely hard in the limited time we had to make sure the students were ready,” Rackers said, “and it really paid off.”
Richardson credits Rackers’ leadership with providing cast and crew with the ability to make do.
“We never knew if we were going to have rehearsal because it kept getting canceled,” Richardson said. “My task was to motivate everyone in looking over their script, keeping the show in the back of their minds and mentally preparing.
“Even though we couldn’t be there physically, it’s good to have that mind set of ‘we’re doing the show this weekend and we need to be ready.’”
With two performances of “Anything Goes” already behind them and a new slate before them, Richardson said she believes that the second week of the production will take flight higher than last week’s.
“I really hope our audiences from this past weekend were totally wowed with our work ethic with not having school for a week,” she said. “And, I’m really hoping we have a bunch of people this weekend and I’m hoping they will be wowed and amazed.”