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Olympus High students bid a fond, and watery, farewell to their old stage
‘Singin’ in the Rain’ » The classic musical will be the last performance in the current building.

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Ben Smith, a junior, plays the lead part. He learned to tap dance for his role as Don Lockwood.

"Tap dancing is exhausting, but it’s a fun thing to be able to learn and feel accomplished about," Smith said.

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“Singin’ in the Rain”

The final musical performance at the current building before the school moves to the new building on adjacent ground.

When » March 25–29, 7 nightly with a matinee March 29

Where » Olympus High, 4055 S. 2300 East, Holladay

Tickets » $7.50 at olympushigh.wikispaces.com or $9 at the door

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He said he loves the experience even with the demanding schedule since the musical was moved up a couple of months.

"It’s kind of like a grand finale," Smith said. "It’ll be a memory that we’ll never forget."

The musical originally was scheduled to run in May, but was moved up to March because the moving date into the new building changed. Besides not wanting to pour water on the new stage, the students didn’t want to perform in the new venue without rehearsing there first.

"The kids have been really putting their best foot forward," Edwards said. "The fact that they’re here on a Saturday night [rehearsing] is very unusual."

Senior Diana Harden’s favorite movie is "Singin’ in the Rain," so putting in the extra rehearsal time as Kathy Selden hasn’t been an issue.

"It’s the second musical this year, and it’s been pretty difficult for the whole school trying to work around a spring musical," Harden said. "It’s a huge group effort and goes to show the show must go on."

The show runs March 25-29 every evening at 7. Closing day will include the night performance and a 2 p.m. matinee. Tickets are $7.50 if purchased online and $9 at the door.

Junior Tanner Ashcraft, who plays Cosmo Brown, said there’s an added pressure to think about the musical sending everyone off from the old building.

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"It’s cool to think this is the last one that’s going to be on this stage, but it’s daunting because we need to send them out well," he said. "I think it’s going to be such a mixture of joy, relief and sadness because so many years of tradition is over, but we’re turning a new leaf over."


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