Aspiring performers set out on “The Road to Mavericks” last week.
Fledgling young talent, ranging from kindergarten through eighth grade, sang and danced in multiple sold-out shows at the Coastal Repertory Theatre.
Sea Crest School’s “Road to Mavericks” followed four young whippersnappers as they set out across Route 66 in search of Mavericks’ monstrous waves.
Along the way, the entire school broke into song and dance, from kindergarteners dancing the hula in grass skirts at a Hawaiian-themed burger barn to saucy fifth-graders cutting it up to “Footloose” in Amarillo.
“What I like about having the kindergarteners and Lower School in the musical is that you get to interact with other kids,” said Nicole Cordova, who played the lead role of Jessica.
“Just seeing them perform and getting to do what you used to do when you were younger, it really brings back memories,” she said.
Finn Rollings and Kai Guevara had the audience in stitches as Colin and Josh, two guys determined to participate in Mavericks even though they have no idea what they are getting themselves into.
Jasmine Franklin, Taylor Keith, Zoe Grisim and Nicole Cordova sparkled during the New Orleans scenes, which included Madame Camilla’s Fortune Telling Shop and later a Masked Ball.
Behind the scenes, the lead crew, running crew and other support composed of Sea Crest Middle School students kept the entire show running smoothly.
Notable here is that the entire production was produced, performed and crewed by Sea Crest Middle School students. The entire performance, a full-length musical, was made possible by their collective brainpower.
“There’s a class, an elective, headed by Michael Lederman, who also directed the play,” said Rollings, who played the lead as Colin.
“He just sat down and gave the kids the idea. Then, the Middle School students would bring their computers and write a script,” Rollings said. “Once they narrowed it down to the script that they wanted, they’d take parts from some that they liked and some that they didn’t like and came up with the final script.”
In addition to learning the technical aspects behind producing and acting in a performance, students learned life lessons as well.
“The Sea Crest musical has helped me come out of my shell,” said Rollings. “I’ve developed confidence and people skills.”
Being in the musical also helped Cordova adjust to a new school. She started attending Sea Crest when she transitioned from elementary school to middle school.
“I came here in sixth grade from El Granada,” said Cordova.
“When I came to this school, I started performing in the musicals,” she said. “I thought it was really amazing because most schools don’t exactly have an all-school musical.”
Younger kids, who don’t normally have the lead roles, also have opportunities for character development.
During this production, the kids learned that sometimes life throws a curve ball, and, when that happens, you just have to keep on going.
“There was one time where we experienced technical difficulties,” said Cordova. “The fourth-graders handled it very well. They were just very professional. They just kept going without freezing.”
“They just kept singing,” agreed Rollings.