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Art Department creates set for musical

March 11, 2022

It is the opening night of “The Little Mermaid” musical. Audience members walk into the auditorium and arrive at seats, the curtains open and reveal the beautifuly executed and realistic looking set. There is a lot of behind the scenes work that goes into the accomplishment of the aesthetics for the musical. 

“It is challenging to find the time to make sure everything gets done, I have been leaving classes if I have free time to work on it,” senior Molly Gallert said. 

Finding the time to work on this huge project has been one of the biggest challenges for the Art Department. 

“We have not done something like this before so that is a challenge itself. Another part that has been difficult has been finding the time to do it. All of my classes have sort of turned into a ‘work on the musical set’ class, which is okay because they are getting different experiences than they normally do in art class,” art teacher Lori Rademann said.

With that being said, many students have helped with putting together the set itself and painting different parts of it.

 “I built part of the coral reef and made some little sea creatures. I also helped to make a rock and painted it,” senior Juliana Olvera said. 

Not only is this a massive project for the Art Department, there is also a time crunch for them to get it done.

“It needs to be done as soon as possible, within a month, but it would be nice if we could get it to them soon so they can practice with them,” Rademann said.

The set seems to be on track to be finished with plenty of time for musical students to be able to practice with their finished set. 

“There are just a few things that still need to be done such as coral reefs, and they just brought us several 4-by-8 boxes that still need to be painted as rocks,” Rademann said.

This project has not only been a big deal within the Art Department, but has also created an enjoyable experience for students.

“This project has been a lot of fun, I love painting and get to use messy brush strokes since it is so big, and it has been fun and laid back,” Gallert said.