The Show Goes On

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Flooding in Grand Junction High School last November left the drama department without most of its props, sets, and costumes. But students and teachers say through hard work, they're set to take the stage for one of their best performances ever.

On November 18, a water valve broke inside Grand Junction High School, completely flooding one section of the building. While many students were happy it meant a week off of school, others say they couldn't believe what it meant for a program they love.

"We lost about three-quarters of our props, which was devestating," said Nina Harris, a GJHS senior and Crew Boss for the drama department. "We had a bunch of stuff we had picked out to use for this play."

The drama department kept all of its props and costumes below the stage in a storage area. When the flooding happened, the faculty says the area looked like a swimming pool. Drama teacher Justin Whiteford says it took weeks to go through the damage and see what they could salvage.

"It was three large city dumpsters," said Whiteford. "I mean the kind that stretch about two full truck lengths -- three of those they threw out."

In addition to replacing thirty years worth of costumes and props, the drama department was also forced to deal with weeks worth of delays in getting their production of The Music Man underway.

"It kind of pulled us all together and it made us work harder for what we wanted," said Harris.

Whiteford says he can't believe how his students stepped up to the plate.

"I've never seen a group of kids come together with such unity, collaboration, and passion in my life," said Whiteford.

With all the delays and problems, the students say they can't believe how the show has turned out.

"We all knew it would happen, but we didn't think it would be at this caliber," said Briana Steinkirchner, GJHS senior and show cast member. "Compared to years before, this is still better than what we've done."

They say they're confident the audiences will leave the show feeling the same way.

"There's a lot of heart in this," said Steinkirchner. "Everyone's worked really hard and it's going to be good.

The show will run Thursday through Monday. The show starts at 7:00pm, except on Saturday, when the curtain goes up at 1:00pm.

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