Salem High Musical ‘rated’ more serious than previous productions

SALEM, NH — Next month’s Salem High School Musical “Ranked” represents a departure from the school’s previous musicals, especially last year’s “The SpongeBob Musical,” according to people affiliated with the show. .

“In the past, Salem focused on what we call ‘bells and whistles’ productions, more bigger productions with great choreography, lots of bright colors and fun,” student Emily Aloise, who plays Alexis Larson in the production, said in an interview streamed on YouTube. “This show is more serious, smaller, but it allows us to be much more emotionally complex.”

The musical, which is presented by Salem High School Theater Arts, will be performed at 7 p.m. on November 17, 18 and 19 at the Seifert Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors and can be purchased online. The show is recommended from 12 years old.

Written by a pair of California teachers and first performed in 2019, “Ranked” is the story of a dystopian world where competition reaches new heights as hyped academic excellence defines everyone. the value of a high school student.

According to Merrimack Valley Life, Salem High School will be the first school in New Hampshire to produce the show.

Chris Bujold, SHS drama teacher and show director, said students could definitely relate to a show about class grading stress. That familiarity, Bujold said, enhances production.

“There’s a lot that’s put on the students and this show really explores that, and the students really connect,” Bujold said in a YouTube interview. “That’s what theater is all about, to connect. The more students can connect to the material, the more passionate they will be and I think that will come out even more in the performance.”

Bujold said the show was chosen specifically because it was different from previous efforts at school, such as SpongeBob.

“It’s a very different show from SpongeBob SquarePants, which is a very bright, razzamatazz, goofy, cartoony show for all ages that is a huge crowd-pleaser,” Bujold said. “Now we’re doing something that’s an emotional, deep, serious piece that has a kind of social message. It’s different, but it’s intentional. We want to expose students to different kinds of theater and art that we can create.”

Although the show is not recommended for elementary school audiences, Aloise said the material could be particularly informative for parents of high school students.

“Parents should definitely come and see the show as it allows them to learn more about their teenager,” Aloise said. “As teenagers, we put a lot of emphasis on our GPAs and our grades in the classroom and what we’re doing in school and that carries over to the house. It’s good for parents to understand why a teenager acts somehow and what a teenager goes through in school.”

Aloise added: “The school experience our parents had is very different from the school experience we have, so parents see what we do throughout our day and the stress that is put on us helps a parent better understand your child.

Marjorie N. McClure