“Catch Me If You Can” – A Castmember’s Perspective

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“Catch Me If You Can” – A Castmember’s Perspective

Yajur Sriraman, Arts Section Editor

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The annual winter musical was a major hit this past weekend, with crowds of 450+ visitors turning out to all 3 performances of Catch Me if You Can. While many saw the show and the dazzling final product, not many know what goes on behind the scenes. I talked to a freshman, Owen Spina (’20) about his first-time experience in a Delbarton winter musical.

“On the first day of school, I staggered around Delbarton. The day still escapes my memory because of how insignificant it was. The only part I definitively remember was strolling into the FAC when classes had ended. I went for drama auditions and the first thing I saw was Mr. Pillette, John Paciga and Amaan Chaudry by the white piano. The biggest mistake I could’ve made was made right then and there, I addressed Mr. Pillette as “Sir.” Then he proceeded to call me “Freshman” instead of my actual name. Greatest introduction to the theatre program ever. I say this because it showed everyone, especially Mr. Pillette, that I had ambition, just not exactly being utilized to its greatest potential yet. So, as days and months crept by me, I came to have relationships with everyone around me. They were all so friendly and open, like a family opening their arms to a new member.

In November and only a few days after Three Sisters ended, I had a dilemma between trying out for basketball or doing the musical.  After a lot of thinking, I decided to try out for Catch Me If You Can. There were so many new faces and only a few reappearing ones. There I was again, scared to death like I had been on my first day. But, I chose to act with open arms to these people. This sparked so many friendships as we delved further into the show. By the last two weeks, everyone was like a family. The bond that we made was indescribable. Everyone looked out for each other and made sure that everyone was comfortable. I look at it now as it is still fresh in my mind and realize how happy I am to not play basketball.”

Although it was an enticing performance that students, faculty, friends, and family all enjoyed, perhaps the greatest joy came from the accomplished feeling that the cast themselves felt. Sacrifices such as the one Owen made (quitting basketball) paid off in the end, and the months of hard work came to fruition. With students like Owen willing to break out of his shell to participate in the musical, the Delbarton theater program will continue to thrive. Thank you to Owen Spina for sharing your voice with The Courier and thank you to the theater program for representing Delbarton with an awe-inspiring weekend of performances.

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