Reporter’s notebook: Observations from the 2013 CHS Musical
By Daniel Winningham
(Note: Enquirer~Democrat reporter/photographer Daniel Winningham attended the Carlinville High School Musical March 22. Here are a few observations from the Friday evening performance of “Guys and Dolls.”)
6:45 p.m.: Arrive and park in the old Walmart parking lot across the street from the high school;
6:50 p.m.: Wait in line for a ticket;
6:52 p.m.: Purchase a bleacher ticket for $6;
6:55 p.m.: After receiving a program from an usher, I find a seat upstairs in the top row of the second level of bleachers.
7:02 p.m.: People are still finding their seats, the lights begin to go out;
7:04 p.m.: The announcer welcomes everyone to the 33rd annual CHS Musical and informs those in attendance of the ice cream social afterward, the pit orchestra starts playing the overture and in a minute or so, the curtain is opened and the first scene begins;
7:15 p.m.: Gamblers C.J. Meno, Brett Nelson and R.C. Kirk take part in the first song of the musical, “Fugue for Tinhorns.”
8:20 p.m.: From my seat high above the action, the crying and screaming of a child catches my attention, making it difficult to stay with the on-stage performance;
8:22 p.m.: Ethan Dixon (Sky Masterson) and Katherine Cosenza (Sarah Brown) finish up the song “I’ve Never Been in Love Before” and Act I concludes, the lights are turned on and intermission begins;
8:30 p.m.: I walk down to the lobby and get a drink, then return to my seat;
8:35 p.m.: The lights are dimmed and the orchestra begins playing;
8:36 p.m.: Act II begins with Miss Adelaide and the Hot Box dancers performing “Take Back Your Mink”;
9 p.m.: Sky and the Gamblers are in the middle of the crap game in the New York City sewer, the scene wraps with the singing of “Luck Be A Lady”;
9:22 p.m.: The cast and stage crew take bows, as the March 22 performance is over;
9:25 p.m.: The lights are turned on and the announcer reminds everyone to visit the cafeteria for the ice cream social.
Most of the floor seating was filled up, except for the last two or three rows. The first section of bleachers appeared to be completely full while the second level had many open sections.
To see more photos from Guys and Dolls, visit the Events album in our photo gallery.