Finale. Conclusion. The end. Fin. After 7 years of plays, musicals, concerts and pocket performances, StageCats is taking its final bow. When we began our journey in 2014 with a single performance of the hour-long play Frosty, we certainly had no idea what StageCats would become. We had no idea we would be able to perform 3 full-length shows in single school year. We had no idea the level of passion and professionalism we would see in our students. We had no idea that StageCats would grow into something that many students would call a family and a home.
It seems strange to be moving on from something we all hold so dearly. Saying goodbye is never easy, but, as we all know too well, it is part of life. At the end of this school year, we will watch 3 of our original StageCats students walk across the stage at graduation. They will move on to the next chapter of their lives, as many former StageCats have done before them. But what will be different this time is the four directors will be saying goodbye and moving on as well.
So, for our final production, we wanted to create something that would not only be an entertaining show, but would encapsulate the themes of endings, beginnings and change. We began the process in May 2020 by gathering ideas from current and former StageCats members. These meetings took the form of brainstorming sessions, discussions and improvisational exercises via Zoom. The writing process continued in the fall with the six core performers, and the script was finalized at the beginning of January. It’s hard to believe that we are only 7 weeks away from opening night of the final show.
This may be the end of StageCats in its current form, but as the culminating number of Finale says, “endings are beginnings”. StageCats developed into what it was because of a group of students and teachers who were passionate about theatre and performance. To the current remaining StageCats who love performing – we hope you will find new and innovative ways to bring ideas and excitement to the auditorium stage in the future. To the StageCats moving on and starting new journeys – we hope you continue to bring life and passion to whatever you do, whether that be through performance or otherwise.
HERE’S TO NEW BEGINNINGS!
*Note: Because this website began as a school theatre blog, it has undergone and will continue to undergo a bit of a makeover in the coming months – a “new beginning” so to speak. But more on that later…