By Lorien Touponse
Naz Zaer and Kayla Platinia, two freshmen girls, shared their thoughts on being part of the High School production Fiddler on the Roof.
It is often a struggle for freshmen to find their role in the school. Students who come from the middle school are overwhelmed and too nervous to try new activities. According to Naz, that isn’t a problem when you participate in drama. “You think that it won’t be fun and that no one will want to talk to you because you are a freshman, but everyone was really welcoming and friendly.” Kayla shares that she had a similar experience. “It is a lot bigger and there are a lot more people than the middle school plays, so you make more relationships.” Both Naz and Kayla who were part of the ensemble, had a fantastic time participating in the musical and loved the music and the people.
Both agree that the workload is intense and it can be stressful to manage. They explained how when the showings got closer, they were at school till late and that completing homework was sometimes difficult. “We were staying after school for really long periods of time, but after awhile, you get used to it and they are really fun so it is worth it,” says Kayla. “You have to stay after school for so long towards the end and it gets a little hard to manage schoolwork, but it is definitely worth it,” agrees Naz. The girls, who are both tackling full course loads with multiple honors classes were pleased to have partaken in Fiddler on the Roof, despite the immense amount of school work.
Fiddler on the Roof is a very serious musical about a milkman and his family facing the oppression of Russia. It convey messages of hope, love, and faith, lessons which are important for everyone to learn. “Everyone takes the high school plays more seriously, but you still have your fun times too when you get to hang out with the cast.” says Naz. The girls loved the music and enjoyed making new friends. When asked about the overall experience, the girls agreed that they were so happy that they participated and encourage any student to join in because it is a lot of fun.