The Hidden Magic of Musicals


Anika Kreegar, Staff Writer

Many people know of the amazing musicals that the theater department put on, but many people don’t know what happens behind the scenes — or perhaps, under the scenes. 

During these musicals, the music that plays sounds practically perfect. What you may not know is that this music is made and produced by the students who roam these very halls. These students spend countless hours perfecting the music they play so that we as an audience can sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. 

Most of the pressure lies on the shoulders of the conductor, as they’re the ones who set the tempo of each song and have to pick up all the cues that the actors and dancers on the stage set. To do this, the conductor must face the performers on stage while the musicians face the conductor. 

If it were a professional big-time show, there’d be auditions for each spot in the orchestra. Some may think that you need some sort of degree to be able to play in a musical, but really, all you need to do is ace the audition.