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Stage Fright

by Tracy Barry

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Posted on April 30, 2007 at 4:47 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:33 PM

My kids don't watch the news. Too scary. (Too scary for me sometimes too but I have no choice). For a few years my oldest thought I hosted parades for a living since that's the only time she saw me on television. So overall, my kids are definitely not impressed by what I do and find it quite odd when other people are.

Which is why, when the theatre department at Lincoln High School asked me to make a cameo appearance at one of their performances of "High School Musical" I jumped at the chance! That was something that might actually impress my girls!

For those of you without "tweens" "High School Musical" is huge! A made for TV Disney movie with great songs and a good message. The two lead characters are known for doing certain things at their schools. One is a star basketball player, the other a science whiz. When they both want to audition for the school play it turns the school upside down. Should they stay with the status quo or go for their dream?

Lincoln has the distinction of being the first non-Disney group to put on the show on the West Coast. And they do a great job. More than a hundred talented kids are involved in the production. And just like the plot in "High School Musical" it involves many students who normally wouldn't be on stage. There are cast members from the basketball team, the football team, the cheerleading squad, the dance team, the choir, faculty and more. All trying out new talents.

EMI CHIBA (ms. darbus) , ME,JIM PEERENBOOM (director)

Although my role was small and just for that one performance... it was fun! A wacky Chemistry teacher. The wacky was no problem but I must admit it was as close to Chemistry class as I've ever been! And my girls were definitely impressed! Not with me of course...but with the real stars of the play...the students on stage at Lincoln.


There are performances coming up on May 3,4 and 5. Check it out!