There are few activities that would drive a group of sixteen year olds inside while their friends enjoy the lake, sun and sky on the other side of the Social Hall’s walls. However, it is the weeks spent preparing for Big Show that have become a integral and traditional part of Waitress summer. Broadway-bound or strictly shower-singing, Che-na-wah girls can be caught humming songs from their Big Shows years after they step off stage.
With direction from Michael Scheman, this year’s Big Show was “Heathers,” a retro high school tale with all the expected parts- stereotypical cheerleaders and jocks- plus a darker twist.
Schema noted that many Big Shows carry tighter themes, as opposed to this show, which has the potential to make an impact. It was this opportunity for change that motivated the Waiters and Waitresses of 2017 to constantly review their lines, steps, and cues, and ultimately come together for what is sure to be a show stopper.
After talking to Waitresses, the following are the top 5 things the girls took away from Big Show:
1. Practice really does make perfect.
Though cliche, the girls recognized that the time spent rehearsing allowed them to convincingly transform the stage into Westerberg High. “Opening day does come” is one of Scheman’s favorite mantras. It is this rehearsal time that determines what will and can be presented on stage when said day comes.
2. Hot water and honey is a singer’s best friend.
Camper tested. Scheman approved.
3. Though only a show, “Heathers” carries a valid lesson. After reading and interpreting the script, the cast had a deeper understanding of the importance of empathy and friendship.
4. Not everyone is made for the stage, that doesn’t mean they’re not welcome.
Some campers can master the three man weave in an instant, others can’t dribble a ball. For some, Big Show was a highlight as they can thrive on stage when they might pass up on a soccer tournament. Despite ability level, the Waiters and Waitresses all join hands for final bows.
5. It’s easy to play best friends on stage when you’re best friends in real life.
The Seventeens will depart the stage on Saturday closer than they ever have been. That’s the power of Big Show.
-By: Channing Smith and Tess Friedman