Spring musical postponed

The spring musical, “High School Musical,” is postponed until further notice because of concerns regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The cast has been rehearsing since Monday, Jan. 20 in preparation for the musical’s opening, which was originally scheduled for Friday, March 20. 

“I’m disappointed that we have a postponement at all, but I understand the gravity of the situation,” Drama teacher and director Mathew Migliorini said. “I’m sad for my cast and my crew and how much hard work they’ve put into being ready to put the show on next week.”

The postponement of the musical comes after California Gov. Gavin Newsom recommended the cancellation of public gatherings of more than 250 people until the end of March. 

“I understand that we can’t continue to have large meetings or indoor events that have a lot of people present. I’m not crazy enough to risk the health of my cast or anybody else,” Migliorini said. 

Despite the postponement, the musical will still be shown to the student body by the end of the school year. Migliorini is currently considering filming the live production without an audience and distributing the recording. 

“If postponing the show into summer won’t potentially work because of the risk of losing a lot of cast members, I definitely see the recording happening,” cast member senior Fiona Liu said. “But, the huge difference is that ending bow. There’s something really emotional and amazing when you bow [in front of a live audience].” 

As of Friday, March 13, all rehearsals have been halted. 

“Everyone is really disappointed. We’ve spent months practicing and perfecting our choreography and lines, and we may not get the chance to perform in front of an audience,” cast member senior Evan Tan said. “We still left the drama room with hopes for the future, however, and cherished the time we were able to spend with each other.”

By Sarah Aie, Staff writer
Photo by Annika Le