By Claire Bold,
With one week before the student-run play “First Date” shows, Davis High students are preparing for tech week, a week of rehearsals and run-throughs to finalize changes to the musical before the actual show.
The play opens on Nov. 4 and continues to run for eight days. The musical depicts a couple on their first date, played by Da Vinci senior Jonathan Kalinen and DHS sophomore Jordan Hayakawa.
Kalinen and Hayakawa have been working especially hard at rehearsal where they learn songs, memorize lines and enhance their technique.
Senior Yoshi Wainwright plays the flamboyant gay best friend. This is Wainwright’s first play and he is excited to be a part of the program.
“The cast as a whole is very talented and everyone puts in a lot of work and it’s really fun to listen to these people sing and [to] watch them dance,” Wainwright said.
Behind the scenes, DHS senior Laura Britt is putting in the hours getting ready for the show as the stage manager. She is eager to see how her efforts pan out during tech week.
“Stage managing is a lot of work, I’m very busy running and organizing the show, but it’s definitely satisfying once everything’s put together,” Britt said.
Students are not the only ones devoting time and effort to this production. Drama teacher Gwyneth Bruch has been involved with DHS school productions for around 27 years.
“The cool news is that they want to do justice to this incredibly awesome, cutting-edge show about right this minute,” Bruch said.