The musical production “Damn Yankees” will be performed February 2-3 at 7pm and on February 4 at 2pm and 7pm. The students and some teachers have been working really hard on this and can’t wait to represent Redwood.
Mrs. Galvan, the director of the musical and drama teacher said, “Mr. Bettencourt and Bryan Roberts from the Tulare County Office of Education inspired me to become a drama teacher. I was a musical performer since I was 3 and I thought about what could I do to make. Do something that I enjoyed and theatre was the answer. The first musical I directed was Hello Dolly 11 years ago. I chose to direct musicals because I love technical theater and sharing the love with theater I was appointed to teach it. I think the musical is going to be a great show,great performers and I’m excited to see it on the stage.”
Adrienne Terry, the owner of Ruby Slipper Performing Arts Academy and Choreographer of the musical said, “My mother inspired me to become apart of the musicals. I grew up with a mom who believed art could be a career. So many adults in my life, when I was finding my path in adulthood, told me that I could not make a living as an artists. My mother always believed that I had the skills and the determination it would take to find a way to pursue a career that I was passionate about.”
Terry said, “I give a lot of credit to our director, Stacy Galvan. Her vision for the redwood theater program is something I can stand behind. Her heart is so deeply invested. Not just in the quality of show produced, but in the success of our students. She is constantly using each theater moment to help guide them as human beings who are strong and important. I enjoy being challenged by her new ideas, and exciting themes she always carries out through her shows. It’s not just about spectacle, it’s about sharing a story.”
“My first redwood musical was Oklahoma in 2008. I have been the Redwood choreographer since then, excluding two years where I was getting married and having my first born child.I own The Ruby Slipper Performing Arts Academy for children. Every day I organize, teach, and direct students in the world of theater. This has been a calling of mine.I believe musicals are a wonderful escape from reality. Although most times they deal with real life issues, the ability to sit and watch people tell a story and bring emotions into your heart is overwhelmingly beautiful,” Terry said.
Terry also said, “Damn Yankees is a must see. As a choreographer it is a dream come true to have so many trained dancers to be able to build entertaining routines for a show.I believe the humor in this show comes pretty naturally. The natural talent has always been there. Being able to guide and share my love for the arts with them has been the biggest blessing. I have loved every minute of watching them grow in their talents. They have been wonderfully successful in high school and I can not wait to see what their future holds.”