The Monroe High School spring production of “Happy Days” earned an honorable mention from the 5th Avenue Theater for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Group.
The singing group “Dialtones” featured: Cameron Lee as Ritchie, Garrick Lindsted as Potsie, Eli Kirshbaum as Ralph and Marcus Thornton as Chachi
“The group had the right performance chemistry,” says Melissa Reed, drama teacher and director of “Happy Days.” “They had to have the right singing ranges, the right configuration; if didn’t mesh well, it wouldn’t work. There was a real ‘aha’ moment with this group at auditions.”
“Ms. Reed and Mr. Hyde were perfect to work with,” says Lindsted, a senior. “They worked their hearts out. They stayed after school every day working with us. Ms. White, the band teacher, did just as well. ”
“We had a lot of fun together; I think that’s important to put on a good performance,” says Kirshbaum, a freshman. “I didn’t think of it as competing – just as putting on a fun show.”
“It’s definitely exciting because it means they came and saw us, took note of our performance, and liked it,” says freshman Lee. “It’s a big deal and makes me excited for the future of the drama program here.”
“We worked pretty hard to make that happen,” says junior Thornton. “It wasn’t our goal to get the award, but it was always in the back of our minds that it would be pretty awesome.”
The cast received formal recognition at an awards ceremony at 5th Avenue Theater.