Zhanah Wyche, who plays “Bell,” middle, performs with a group of students during a rehearsal of “Spoofalot” Monday at Harker Heights High School.

‘Spoofalot’ is school’s first

By Krista M. Madkins

Killeen Daily Herald

“Spoofalot,” Harker Heights High School’s first musical production, a parody set in a high school, showcases big events from senior year.

“Times such as prom and graduation,” said Amanda Kennedy, Harker Heights High School’s theater teacher and director.

The show includes “15 different melodies from 12 different well-known Broadway musicals,” she said.

Kennedy worked with Marcus Brown and Zhanah Wyche, two Harker Heights theater students, over the summer to prepare for the show.

“We did the choreography for a lot of the numbers and rewrote a lot of the lyrics because it is a spoof,” said Wyche. “Also, because it is originally their music and the melodies from a whole bunch of famous Broadway numbers.”

Other key positions for the musical include the tech aspect, which is headed by theater student Ryan Thornton.

The tech keeps “up with 70 different people, including the director, the person in charge of costumes, the people in charge of the music and the people in charge of the acting all on one page,” said Thornton.

Students have worked since about the second week of school to prepare for the performance and are excited to share it with an audience, especially their peers.

“I just enjoy acting. It is something I get to do everyday and not be myself,” said Pamela Parnell, a fourth-year theater student.

She plays a substitute in the musical and models the character after one of the high school’s beloved substitutes. She said students will immediately be able to identify the character.

“Spoofalot” opened Friday and has a show at 6:30 p.m. today and a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is three nonperishable food items, which will be donated to the Killeen Independent School District’s Homeless Awareness and Response Program, a group the students wanted to support.

“HARP is going to be to be there,” said Alecia Montanye, a fourth-year theater student.