Among the evening’s highlights were Jana Emmons’ kung-fu act; Casey Standridge’s performance of John Mayer’s “Daughters”; an original zombie song by Sydney Daigre, Kaitlyn Nesbitt and Brooke Damico; rocking out with Hypergiant; some Commedia, courtesy of Casey Hebert and Trevor Paris; the Dah’lin Divas; an original rap by Victor de Luna; Steve Kinsella; a Cellblock Tango dance; and a Mafia skit (featuring Beto Brakmo, Ryan Spero and Peter Mattea) to an original song accompanied by guitar (Abby Frenes).
“I was here when this theatre opened, so I was here when it was being built – I got to tour it as it was being built,” said Liberty Playmakers alumna Emmons. “We were the first people to perform in this theater, and it was awesome to come back and see the changes that have happened, the progress that has been made and the awesome opportunities and programs Mrs. Dixon has started.
“High school theater has really helped me as an adult in the world, to compose myself and make my voice heard.
When asked how it felt to face a large audience and sing “O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings To Zion” from Handel’s “Messiah,” Erica Veitch said, “Kind of frightening at first. But then I forgot anyone else was there except me.
Among the evening’s striking memories was Kalei Munion’s lyrical dance and expressive eyes. “I felt powerful and amazing,” she said of the experience of dancing her heart out on stage. “I wanted to show everybody what dance is all about and what it means to me.”
All good things come to an end, but students, Playmakers alumni and the community are always welcome back at In the House. Once a year, every year.
– Contributed by Anne Querida