Students begin rehearsing for fall musical “Singin’ in the Rain”


Alexandra Bakker

The Grand Haven High School theater department is preparing for their fall production of “Singin’ in the Rain,” a romantic musical set in the 1920s during the silent film era.


“This is a chance to bring a classic to life,” director Rita McLary said. “It’s a big undertaking but I think we will do the film justice.”


The students are also eager to develop and perform the final show as they rehearse every day after school. With a cast of 53 and a crew even larger, members are giving it their all.


“It’s a lot that goes into it, but it’s worth it,” senior Cayden Smaka said. “Everyone has a willingness to learn and an eagerness to put on the best show that they can. It’s probably going to be the best show the high school has seen in a while.”


“Singin’ in the Rain” takes a unique turn for Grand Haven theater because it focuses on choreography, primarily tap, which is new for most of the cast.


“It’s a bold step,” senior Brendan Howard said.


Junior Julia Bolla agrees.


“We’re learning a lot of new things,” Bolla said. “But I think the audience is going to be impressed.”


The show will take place on November 17, 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are sold at the door or online under Seat Yourself on the GHHS website – $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.