Douglas High School grads direct dance in musical |

Douglas High School grads direct dance in musical

by Don Baumann

How would you spend your summer after you graduated from high school? Working? Traveling? Enjoying the Carson Valley summer weather?

How about choreographing a musical and holding down a summer job?

That’s what Lauren Davis and Sara Reid, who graduated from DHS in June, have been doing the past month. Both young women have been choreographers for “HiTops,” an ’80s family musical, which will play at Carson Valley Community Church Thursday, Friday, and Sunday, July 20, 21 and 23. Showtimes are 7:30 each evening and admission is free.

Both Davis and Reid studied dance in the Carson Valley, but this is their first experience in teaching dance to others. The cast of 15 includes youth group members from CVCC and Carson City Christian Fellowship. Several adults are also involved.

They not only took on the choreography challenge of training the cast in just over a month, but they have successfully taught several cast members who had little or no dance background.

“In dance class, we would rehearse a dance for three months, but we’ve learned three dances in one month,” said Reid.

Though rehearsals have been intense, with the cast practicing 3-three to four hours a night, the rewards of watching people learn are great.

“I think they [the cast] are stoked because they [can say], ‘We did it!'” said Reid.

Both girls have been juggling work and rehearsal schedules during the production. Davis will enroll in Westmont College in the fall, and Reid will enter Western Nevada Community College.

The pace has been hectic for both women, but the results rewarding.

“It’s hard when it gets down to the wire,” Davis says, “but it’s really fun. I enjoy it.”

The musical focuses on a Christian response to peer pressure. In the story, three angels are sent to earth to learn about peer pressure through experience. As they enter a high school disguised as a valley girl, a punk rocker and a nerd, they encounter Lucifer.

“Lewy,” or Satan, also incognito, is busily tempting students to make bad choices through peer pressure. The show, which features plenty of humor and upbeat music, also depicts the struggle many teens and adults face daily over issues like popularity, cliques, drug and alcohol use and premarital sex.

“HiTops” was written by Debbie and Ernie Rettino. The show toured nationwide in the mid-’80s.

Free tickets will be available for the public at the door. Tickets may be set aside by calling the church office at 267-3020.