Tonawanda News — While members of the acting and chorus groups assembled on stage for a recent rehearsal, Dylan DiNunzio, 9, watched from among the stage crew. His job, he said, is managing the microphones that each actor wears.
“It’s not as easy as it seems,” he said. “It’s a lot harder than last year’s talent show! You have to pay attention. I didn’t know that there were so many mics, or how hard the job was at first.
“You can’t get too close to the speakers with the mics too high ... or you get some very, very loud feedback.”
Luke Bailey, 11, plays a lead role, that of Thomas O’Malley, the alley cat who helps Duchess and kittens Marie, Toulouse and Berlioz return to their home after their cat-napping.
“It’s just really fun, and it’s a lot of hard work,” he said. “(The show is) really good, but it takes a long time to get there. And we’re almost there.”
Bailey has acted before, but said this is his first musical.
“Dancing is new for me,” he said, “and I like that too.”
Abby Ladik, 9, who plays an alley cat, said that it’s her first time in a show.
“I learned that when you’re in a big group, you have to pay attention to what everyone’s doing so you know what you’re supposed to do,” she said. “It takes a lot of work to be in a show. And I like that everybody gets a part, even it they didn’t get a lead.”
The sense of cooperation, Holden and Waggoner said, also extends outside the school walls. They praised the more than 60 community volunteers — parents, grandparents, business owners, neighbors and friends — who have made the performance possible.
“It’s really caused this sense of community,” Holden said. “We’ve made a lot of friends.”