This spring, on April 4 through 6, SCHS will be putting on a production of The Great Gatsby. This well-known play takes place during the roaring twenties, and it involves many twists, turns and of course, romance.
Junior Christopher Henning was selected to portray the role of Jay Gatsby. This is not Henning’s first time being in a production. However, it is his first time under the spotlight.
“I didn’t necessarily choose [this character],” Henning said. “I just auditioned and was put into the part and accepted it. I did do a lot of research and thought he was really interesting. I felt that I could portray him really well.”
Another main character of the play is Nick Carraway, the narrator of the story. This role was given to sophomore Preston Mckinnies.
“Going into it, I was hoping to get Nick’s part,” Mckinnies said. “But I’ve never acted before, and I didn’t know what to expect. I really just wanted to dive head-first into The Great Gatsby and get that part.”
Representing the females in this production is junior Emma Etten, who has taken on the role of Daisy Buchanan. Seeing that Etten has performed in over 10 productions, she is no stranger to the spotlight.
“Daisy is really different from the characters I’ve played in the past,” Etten explained. “I enjoy theatre, and I just wanted to be a part of the show.”
Theatre has many benefits and fun experiences for students to get involved in and is a great opportunity to try something new.
“My mom and sister were constantly on my case about it, and they really wanted me to do it,” Mckinnies said. “I’ve been wanting to do it for a while, but this is when it really jumped out at me to take the chance and actually audition.”
Henning also agreed that it has always been a possibility until he took the first step to get involved on stage this year.
“I decided to try it out because a lot of my friends were in it right away,” Henning explained. “I found out that it’s a really good and positive environment, and I enjoyed that more compared to some of the other things I was doing. I enjoyed it a lot doing tech, so I wanted to try acting.”
Theatre is one way for people to express themselves, while also taking on another person’s life and story. Performing brings the actors a certain thrill when they step out on the stage.
“I just enjoy getting on stage and getting to produce something for people to watch and enjoy that is different from other things,” Etten said.
Taking the stage takes a lot of courage and support. These actors all agree that their biggest supporters are their family members who continue to encourage them and make them strive to do their best.
“Definitely my mom,” Henning related. “She is always so supportive when I get home, and she asks ‘Oh, how’s practice?’ She’s always super excited when I tell her the stuff I’m doing.”
Although the roles are already cast, there are still a ton of things that are needed for the production to be complete. If you would still like to still be a part of the production, fear not! Talk to Mr. Konen about helping out with tech. And if that doesn’t work, there’s always a seat for you to watch from the theatre.