Seniors embrace their last main stage

The makeup is done and the costumes are fitted. The microphones are checked and the lights are on. The curtain swiftly opens and the stage lights draw all the attention to those on stage. The actors in ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’ look out into the audience as they await for their cues to begin. For some, this may be their first show, but for seniors, it will be their last. Among these actors are seniors Melissa Mossinghoff and Spencer Millfelt.

The musical is about one man who starts off with a lowly job, but then finds a book called “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” and the plot of basically follows his rise in the business world by following the advice in the book, according to Millfelt.

Mossinghoff and Millfelt both have been involved in the theatre department for the last four years. In this show, they are performing in the musical; Mossinghoff plays Miss Jones and Millfelt has the roles of Mr. Twimble and Wally Womper.

For Millfelt, seeing the light at the end of the tunnel is a bittersweet feeling.

“To know that opening night is here is both exciting and upsetting. It’s been such a fun experience, and I can’t believe it’s almost over,” Millfelt said. “This department has been a home away from home for the last four years.”

Mossinghoff, like Millfelt, also feels the department has been a home to him, a second family.

“For my last main stage, it’s honestly terrifying. I just realized recently how we would be handing over the department to the juniors in just a few days,” Mossinghoff said. “I am so excited to be on stage and to perform, but I am devastated that I won’t get this opportunity again. It’s going to be a roller coaster of emotions.”

With one show night down and two more to go, Mossinghoff and Millfelt are going to make their last mainstage memorable. Spotlight honored its seniors by continuing its tradition of the senior toast on the balcony in the theatre department.

“Every year, the seniors go up on the balcony before the show and have a toast,” Mossinghoff said. “We all share the memories we’ve had over the last four years.”

The opening show of ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying’ was last night, but will also be held tonight and tomorrow night. Tickets are $8 at lunches and $10 at the door. House opens at 6:30 p.m., but the show does not start until 7 p.m.