It’s not as if Emma Throm has never sung a solo on stage before. But it’s been a little while, and she’s excited to shine this Friday night as part of Skyline High School’s production ofGet Hype.
Throm, a 17-year-old senior, has been in the Skyline Theatre troupe since she was a freshman, and has been in two musicals during that time – Beauty and the Beast and Les Miserables. But her roles in those productions didn’t include a solo number. Her last solo was in the seventh grade.
No worries, says Throm. She’s ready to go.
“I wouldn’t say I’m nervous, more like excited, very excited,” said Throm, who will join approximately 40 other Skyline students in the Get Hype production. “I’ll be singing ‘Love Who You Love,’ from A Man of No Importance, and it’s a really fun song to sing.”
Get Hype will be performed Friday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Skyline’s auditorium. Admission is $10 for students and $15 for adults.
The show has grown dramatically from the first production in 2016, both in popularity and in performers’ participation. It is a collection of different show tunes and themes – a “best of the best,” if you will. According to Dan Kennedy, music director for Get Hype, you get “all of the roses and none of the thorns.”
Said Brodie H. Brockie, director for Get Hype: “We had about 20 students that first year (2016) and have more than doubled the number of participants (this year). We have so many talented students and this is a wonderful showcase for their various abilities.
“We’ve got singing, dancing, dramatic acting, comedy, stage combat, instrumentation, beat boxing, puppeteering and more.”
Throm will be participating in her second Get Hype production, which is produced by Skyline Theatre troupe leader Anne-Marie Roberts. Last year, Throm sang a trio with Zori Martinez and Lily Knopp. The three vocalists sang “Can I Forgive Him?,” from the play The Cape Man, by Paul Simon.
Her Get Hype solo is the first of two solos she has planned for 2019. After she sings “Love Who You Love” in Get Hype, there will be an upcoming solo in Skyline’s Acapella group.
If rehearsals are any indication, Throm is ready to belt out her solo.
“Rehearsals have been going really well,” she said. “If anything, when I rehearse, it gets me more excited for the show. We rehearse two to three times a week for a couple of hours. It keeps us on track, keeps us focused.”
Throm simply loves performing, and she’s been doing it for quite a few years. She first took the stage as a first-grader at Emerson School in Ann Arbor, and was a member of Young Peoples Theatre (YPT).
“Theatre is an amazing way of story telling; a way to speak to a lot of people,” she said. “Look at plays like Hamilton, a way to connect with people’s emotions.
“I love to talk to people through music.”
Throm doesn’t plan on majoring in theatre when she goes to college, but she said she might “do it on the side.”
“It’s a great opportunity to meet a lot of people, passionate people who care so much about what they are doing,” she said. “In all the theatre experiences I’ve been a part of, it’s all about bonding over something that we all love to do.”
THE CAST OF GET HYPE
The cast for Get Hype includes: Alex Tistle, Evie Glaves, Elena Schroeder, Emma Throm, Beatrix Dergis, Ally Lawson, Thor Clarke, Jake Tabatowski-Bush, Ben Bower, Marcellin Barbeau, J Barbeau, Isabella Preissle, Kateryna Khalip, Sophie Reznick, Camille Schuster, Mallory Beatty, Lily Ohye, Luka Scholz, Sarah Wajdi, Claire deVries, Nate Frison, Jameson Fitzsimmons, Jay Douglas, Savanna Cowley, Jalen Steudle, Laila Krugman, Radha Selassie, Alice Keeling, Allison Greenfield, Lily Nordenbrock, Claire Nicholas, Lucy Scherz, Noah Spranger, Anneka Billick, McKinna Williams, Alex Cantu and Olivia Miner.