For those of you wondering why I haven’t reviewed the Waterloo Community Playhouse’s production of “High School Musical,”, I recused myself because my mother and sister are stagehands for the production.
But I did see the show, and as a result of seeing that play, I decided to discuss with my mother the casting of an actress to play a cheerleader.
“She looks like she’s one of those little girls that dresses up in a cheerleader costume for Halloween,” I said. “She doesn’t even look old enough to be in middle school.”
“Maybe she’s the squad’s mascot; the little sister of a squad member,” my mother suggested. “You’ll find that at a lot of schools.”
Suddenly, this made sense. Over the past year, I’ve discovered that if you put enough thought into why there’s a casting decision made, you’ll find a reason. On that same note, you could figure out that teenage girls are really bad at playing old women and therefore, high schools should stop doing “Arsenic and Old Lace.”
In the stage version of “High School Musical,” a scene is set in detention with the acting teacher. The teacher has the students that are serving detention do some acting exercises. One of those exercises is called “ball of noise.” The students pass around an invisible ball and make a noise. When the protagonist, Troy, receives the ball, he dribbles a basketball and shoots it. The ball then comes back and starts to crush him, but then the other students “save him.”
My sister, who gets to sit up in the ceiling every night, figured out that the “ball of noise” is a metaphor. She figured out that him being crushed by this basketball represents the pressure he feels from his father and the team to do basketball and do well in basketball. However, everyone eventually saves him from that fate of being “crushed” under the pressure.
See, I’m not the only person who reads deeply into plays.