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Drama department performs its first musical in the newly opened auditorium.

PMG PHOTO: ANGEL ROSAS - Gresham High School Theater Department's production of 'Little Women' is the school's first musical in three years. The Gresham High School Performing Arts Department presents "Little Women", the school's first musical performed in the new auditorium and the first high school musical for many students.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, May 19-21, and at 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, May 21-22, at the Gresham High School Auditorium, 1200 N. Main Ave, Gresham.

Tickets can be purchased online at https://or-greshambarlow-lite.intouchreceipting.com/GHSDrama.

For many Gresham High School seniors in the show, it will be their first and last show in the auditorium. Current seniors started school in fall 2018, just as the original high school auditorium was demolished during the spring to make way for a new, state-of-the-art facility. Freshmen in 2019 held their first "theater" performance in a local church.

Many seniors in the cast try not to dwell too much on what could have been had COVID-19 never happened, but are glad they still have a chance to create musical theater with their friends.

Senior Judah Gerards, who plays Mr. Laurence, said that although this is his first time performing in a musical, he believes the new auditorium will make the wait worth it.

"I think with the new auditorium it is going to go great," Gerards said. "The production, the sets, everything is going great. I am personally really excited for this."

For senior Isaac Walker, who plays Laurie, being thrust into the spotlight was a little intimidating. "I have never done a musical, so it has been awesome for sure, but also a little nerve-wracking because it is our first, but I am really excited."

Caleb Uncino, who plays Professor Fritz Bhear, has been waiting to be in a musical since he joined the theater department when he was a sophomore. Now a senior, Uncino said the best part has been being able to do it with friends, something he said was lacking during the pandemic.

Fellow senior Maddy Haynes, who plays Amy March, said that being in an actual theater for her final production has made all the difference.

"It has been a magical experience coming back. I have been a part of all the productions we have put on, but they have been in the black-box theater, a church, but none of them have been in our own theater," Haynes said. "So, it is so cool being able to break in the theater and actually be on a stage performing."


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