Writer \/\/ Janelle Morrison Photography \/\/ Laura Arick Coming to the Dale E. Graham Auditorium this May, Carmel High School Performing Arts Department presents its spring musical, \u201cBring It On: The Musical.\u201d Inspired by the movie and Broadway musical, it will feature CHS\u2019 very own talented cast, crew and orchestra (a company of over 80) led by Director Sam Chenoweth. \u201cBring it On: The Musical\u201d will transport the audience to a high school filled with friendship, jealousy and betrayal. In this story, the cutthroat world of competitive cheerleading collides with the complexities of high school politics and romance. \u201cBring It On\u201d features an original story by Tony Award winner Jeff Whitty and music and lyrics by Tony Award-winning composers Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tom Kitt and Amanda Green. It was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2013. Sophomore Jack Ducat made his theatrical debut as \u201cSebastian\u201d in last year\u2019s CHS production of \u201cThe Little Mermaid: The Musical.\u201d Ducat is playing \u201cRandall,\u201d a DJ who\u2019s all about living life in the moment. \u201cI love the musical, \u2018Bring It On,\u2019\u201d Ducat said. \u201cI don\u2019t think many high schools get a chance to do modernshows a lot, and this one is about high schoolers and life in high school, which is something we can relate to. My character \u2018Randall\u2019 becomes attracted to the main character, \u2018Campbell,\u2019 who is a cheerleader who gets transferred from Truman High School to Jackson High School where he goes to school.\u201d CHS lead cast of "Bring it On". Playing \u201cCampbell\u201d is CHS senior Jessy Voris who has participated in Carmel choirs all four years and has been a member of the Ambassadors since her sophomore year. Voris was a member of the CHS cast in \u201cThe Phantom of the Opera\u201d and \u201cThe Little Mermaid.\u201d \u201c\u2018Campbell\u2019 is the head cheerleader, which is really special to me because I was a cheerleader my freshman and sophomore years,\u201d Voris said. \u201cI relate to \u2018Campbell\u2019 because she is a hard worker and is passionate about what she does. I\u2019m passionate about musical theater and singing, and she\u2019s committed to everything she does, so I respect her character in that sense. This is my third musical, and I\u2019ve learned a lot about working hard for one particular goal and outcome. We\u2019ve all learned to work as a team and about the value of working in a community and being with friends.\u201d Junior Natalie Hammond was in Accents last year and is in Ambassadors this year. She was also in \u201cThe Phantom of the Opera\u201d and \u201cThe Little Mermaid.\u201d \u201cMy character, \u2018Eva,\u2019 is the mean girl sophomore that is super sweet at first, but given the opportunity, she takes her shots,\u201d Hammond said. \u201cShe backstabs everyone and is very mean. I\u2019ve played the \u2018mean\u2019 role in previous shows, so it\u2019s not that challenging, but I am not really mean in person! The most challenging part of this role is the song because there are a lot of key changes and drastic changes throughout the song where I have to go from super sweet and cute to mean and angry really fast. Overall, the role is really fun to play.\u201d Senior Jenna MacNulty performed the fun-loving character \u201cFlounder\u201d in \u201cThe Little Mermaid\u201d last year and is playing \u201cBridget\u201d in this year\u2019s musical. MacNulty was in Accents prior to being in Ambassadors and is heavily involved in the school\u2019s other theater productions. \u201cMy character, \u2018Bridget\u2019 is kind of an outcast and is the \u2018weird\u2019 girl,\u201d MacNulty said. \u201cShe gets transferred from Truman to Jackson High School with \u2018Campbell,\u2019 and they become unlikely friends. \u2018Bridget\u2019 is kind of goofy, so I\u2019m excited to be the comic relief in a sense, and I feel that it\u2019s a fun and challenging character. She deals with self-confidence issues, and my song is about being comfortable in your own skin, so I\u2019m excited to bring that to the stage and share that life lesson with the audience.\u201d Obviously proud of his students\u2019 success and dedication to the program, Chenoweth wanted to bring them a different experience this year, which led to the decision that this year\u2019s musical would be something more modern. \u201cWe wanted something as different as you can get from \u2018The Little Mermaid,\u2019\u201d Chenoweth said. \u201cIt has also been a while since CHS has presented something \u2018current,\u2019 so we wanted to do something more modern and relatable than under the sea creatures. The challenge last year was working with the wheels, and this year\u2019s challenge is the cheer stunts. The kids are getting their hours in of \u2018Comprehensive Cheer 101\u2019 by one of our school\u2019s cheer coaches.\u201d Chenoweth concluded, \u201cIt\u2019s going to be a great show for teen and adult audiences. It\u2019s a really fun soundtrack, and we\u2019re bringing in a whole new sound system for this show. It\u2019s going to be a massive tech spectacle!\u201d Don\u2019t miss \u201cBring It On: The Musical\u201d in four performances from Thursday, May 9 through Saturday, May 11 at the Dale E. Graham Auditorium at CHS. Tickets range from $12-$25 and are available online at ticketracker.com or at the CHS bookstore. For group rates or more information, call Carol Outland at CHS Performing Arts Department at 317-846-7721, ext. 7085.