By Iryna Shkurhan ‘18
Choosing to become a leader in the SING production can be a stressful yet rewarding experience. Leaders from dance, acting, chorus, and stage work alongside their overall commissioners to try to put on the best show for their group.
“After seeing last years mess, I wanted to take responsibility and make some positive changes as a leader,” said Alexandra Narinkskiy ’18.
There is a lot to be learned from past years. Leaders learned from their experiences in previous years that helps them make improvements to the show and develop their leadership style. Some leaders claim that finding the balance between being too lenient and too strict is the hardest challenge.
“You have to find the in between. You can’t be too lenient and it can be hard because a lot of the dancers were my friends,” said Florina Rekhelis’17. “It’s also about how much work you put into it and how you communicate with the dancers, everyone has to be on the same page.”
Elsy Argueta ’18 said, “Last year, I was too lenient as stage manager, although SING is supposed to be fun, I realized that there are moments when you have to be strict.”
Although students meet to practice two to three times a week, some say working within the time constraint is the main challenge.
“The time just zooms by you. We can be halfway through a dance routine with the show three weeks away and everyone just starts to panic,” said Nikki Frankel ’18.
Students have limited time to prepare for the show. This year they only have about two and a half months to prepare for the show on February 3 and 4.
Stress, conflict, and long practices aside, almost everyone can agree that it’s a fun experience shared with friends that they don’t regret taking part in.
“Having everyone work together and get excited about something that we all put together, and then on the night of the actual show I love being able to say that I was the one who choreographed it all,” said Rekhelis.
Sarah Genchanok ’18 said, “Even with all the stress and drama that comes with being leader, I love having fun with my friends while working towards a common goal. Making sure everyone has fun is the most important part.”