Libertyville students vie for musical roles
Updated: October 7, 2012 6:08AM
LIBERTYVILLE — They stood across the auditorium stage singing solo snippets of songs for characters in “Legally Blonde,” the musical Libertyville High School will stage this fall.
The callback session after school Aug. 30 marked the final chance the students would have to land a role.
Cheers erupted after each performance, sometimes even accompanied by hoots and hollers.
“It’s amazing. Everybody in this is like a family,” said senior Kathleen Haines, who was cast in the fall musical as a junior.
Last year, she was nervous.
“I didn’t know anybody, but I know almost everybody in this room now,” Haines said. “But it is nerve-wracking to go up there and sing in front of everybody.”
While the auditions continued, Megan Starovich and Christina Reszel, both sophomores, went to the lobby with a group of girls to practice a jump-rope number. Both tried out — and didn’t make the final cut — as freshmen. This year, they attended an audition workshop at the Dance Academy of Libertyville, but they still were anxious.
“I was thinking about it a lot all day,” said Reszel.
“I love the musical, I love the movie,” Starovich said. “I want to be in it so bad.”
Back inside the theater, as small groups went up onto the stage to try out for other parts, freshman Anthony Milunas sat and watched — his sheet music on his lap — waiting his turn.
In theater since he was in seventh grade, Milunas has dealt with the jitters before.
“I’m still nervous,” he admitted. “Nerves always get to you, but you’ve just got to learn to control it.”
Junior Christian Klepac has appeared in LHS musicals since he was a freshman, but said auditioning never gets easier.
“Actually, I felt this time like it was worse. I’m just up against so many great people,” he said.
Director Tim Frawley has put on some 60 plays during his 32 years at LHS and said interest always is big for theater at the high school.
“Our community base is wonderful,” he said. “Students in Libertyville have been doing theater since they were kids.”
More than 80 students tried out for 43 roles in “Legally Blonde,” to be staged Nov. 1-3 at LHS. Haines, Starovich, Reszel, Milunas and Klepac all made it to the final cast.
For the full cast list, visit www.lhswildcats.org, click on “Fine Arts,” go to “theatre,” and click on “casting.”