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“Anything Goes” unveils new talent

Henry Van Leishout, Staff Reporter - March 6, 2013

The ensemble of Ellensburg High School and Central Theatre Ensemble’s production of “Anything Goes” prepared for their second weekend of performances last Thursday night.

“It’s kind of amazing,” said Avery Bachman-Rhodes, high school freshman and one of the ensemble members.

This was Bachman-Rhodes’ first time performing in a show.

She decided she wanted to try theatre when her mom took her to a production of Mary Poppins in Seattle. She became entranced by the ambiance of the show.

“It was amazing,” Bachman-Rhodes said. “I couldn’t look away.”

Bachman-Rhodes was a part of a smaller section of the ensemble known as the “Angels.” The angels were the main dancers of the show and Bachman-Rhodes, along with three other girls, was highlighted for her dancing throughout the show.

“I love dancing,” Bachman-Rhodes said. “It’s what I’d do all day if I could.”

Mckenzie Brown, high school sophomore, is also one of the angel dancers. She loves dancing and has been doing it since she was a little girl.

“It’s my favorite thing to do in any show,” Brown said.

She was assigned to be dance captain of the show. Not only did she have to learn her own dances for the performance, she also had to learn every other dance so if someone had a question, she could answer it.

Even though there was a lot of responsibility involved in the position of dance captain, Brown didn’t regret the job at all.

“I love being a dance captain,” Brown said. “I really do.”

While three of the girls were experienced dancers, Mellissa Senter, high school junior and angel number three, had never danced before this show.

Senter was apprehensive about starting in such a choreography heavy show in a dance-specific role. Despite her fears, Senter felt she was able to gain enough confidence to step up to the task.

“I think I did very well,” Senter said, “for someone without any dance experience.”

Eryn McVay, high school senior and the final angel, has been dancing since she was little and had never done a musical until her first year at EHS.

McVay had some friends audition for the show during her freshman year and she wasn’t going to audition until her mom’s friend pushed her to try out.

“It was the best thing that could have happened to me,” McVay said.

McVay has been a part of every musical since then, and none of her directors have been shy about taking advantage of her dancing abilities.

“Every year I’ve been cast as a dancer,” McVay said.

She had never wanted to do theatre before, and now it’s all she wants to do with her life. She plans to go out of state to pursue a degree in musical theatre.

These angels and the whole ensemble had to spend so much time together that the cast and crew became a sort of family. McVay met all of her friends within the theatre program.

She and the other angels spent most of their time together because they were sometimes separated from the other cast members for dances.

According to Bachman-Rhodes, everybody liked each other, and the cast became a tight-knit group. In the end of the process, after all the jealousy and anger and exhaustion fade, the actors just wanted each other to succeed.

“There are some amazing other people here,” Brown said. “It’s like a family.”

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