By Zehaa Albraidi ’19 and Daniel Contreras ’19
SING is a musical in which three groups, SoFresh, juniors and seniors, compete to claim victory.
SoFresh consists of freshman and sophomores who work together to set up their performance. The notion of the SoFresh play this year is unknown as they wish to remain confidential about their theme.
The concept for junior SING this year is SING itself. This means that the play will show off what happens during the process of making a SING.
Director of junior SING, Zhanna Olevskaya ’19 said, “This year’s theme is all about how members of SING create the production. All the problems, hardships, and process and fun part of creating SING. We are trying to show the audience what really goes on in the making of a theater production.”
The theme for the senior SING this year is a dystopian society, where there is no creativity.
One of the commissioners for senior SING, Destiney Canzlaar ’18, signed up for this job because she has been in SING before and yearned to have a greater role, with the challenges that come with the top job.
“I have to be in charge of kids my age and they don’t really want to listen to you but they kind of have to, and then I have to make sure everything runs smoothly and that everyone is where they have to be,” said Canzlaar.
Although SING just started, there are a few problems that have already emerged. Issues range from the lack of participants to inconvenient scheduling.
The lack of students in some groups causes problems as some groups require more people in order to have a better performance.
“We need a lot more people,” said Elysia Richards-Durham ’19, a member of the STEP team.
Everyone in each category of SING has a certain amount of time onstage, therefore, it is sometimes hard for some groups to get any practice done.
Junior actor Ejaz Javeed ’19 said, “We don’t have enough time on stage because everyone else is using it.”
One reason that the stage time interferes with practice is due to students’ schedules. Each group has specific periods reserved so they can practice; however students end at different periods which causes complications. If a certain group has a practice at a specific period, and a person has class and cannot attend, it will lead to the production being more sluggish, which, in turn, causes it to be more time consuming.
In order to combat scheduling issues, SING practice also takes place on Saturdays. Saturday practice is seen as a good thing as students are not held back by classes, therefore, they can all meet at the same time. Although this is meant to solve the issue it partially does as some students cannot attend due to extra-curricular activities, SAT prep, or other reasons. Another issue, according to Robert Savino ’18, is art supplies. The group has a lack of quality supplies; however, this is due to how other groups treat the supplies. For example, one of the issues that plagues the group is paint brushes.
Cayla Bernstein ’18 said, “The big hassle is paint brushes. We either don’t have enough or people don’t wash them after using them.”
Students sometimes forget to put the paint brushes back which leads to them disappearing, or they forget to clean them which leads to the paint drying making them more difficult to clean. Furthermore, if a dirty paint brush is used in a paint bucket, it can mix and ruin the perfectly good paint.
Kathy La ’19 said, “I just have a set of brushes I bring in for SING use.”
Due to the low quality of the paint brushes students try to avoid them as the brushes can ruin the quality of the work, and it leads students to buy their own which can be expensive.
However, there are some positives as the school recently bought new paint for the art group which will greatly benefit them as it will give the art a more new, crisp look.
The group does their best to use the resources they have available in order to create the artistic flats and banner.
One technique SING uses to raise money to financially support the resources the students use is through the school’s store.
One issue that is particularly common in the SoFresh group is communication. This is because the group contains freshman, and its their first time participating in SING. This means that when they first join they’re likely to be shy and not open up.
Safin Shihab ’20 said, “I’d say getting comfortable with the new people around you can be challenging.”
As time passes on, students learn to understand the process of SING, which is to come together as a team and work things out when there’s a problem and most importantly make friends. One method used by the juniors is to take a problem vote and see which solution gets the most people.
Zhanna Olevskaya ’19 said, “When problems do arise we coordinate with the group leaders, and if it comes down to it then we’ll vote on a matter. We try to input everyone’s ideas but you can’t always please everyone.”
It shows that no matter what happens, the groups will try to maintain a balanced environment in which no one is left out; this gives SING a personal, friendly feeling.
Furthermore, SING advisors Ms. Marcia Kaufman and Mr. Lawrence Kolotkin stay in the auditorium to supervise the production of the play and students. They will step in to resolve an issue if the students are having trouble resolving their differences.
In the end, one aspect that all three groups can agree on is that SING is a challenging but fun extracurricular activity. Although it can be hard at first to settle in, it also brings everyone together and creates bonds between the entire group, making one huge family. These relationships give SING the reputation it’s known for: it is much more than a club and students make unforgettable memories and lifelong friends.
For those interested in viewing the SING performances, the show will be on February 9 and 10. For more information students can check the SING board near the school’s store.