By Christine Sampson
It’s safe to say the Bridgehampton School’s rendition of the show “Bring it On” will feature some authentic performances. That’s because the show is a snapshot of high school life within a high school musical production.
The show follows the story of a cheerleading team captain who transfers to a new school that doesn’t have a cheer squad, and the drama that ensues as she tries to convince her new school’s dance crew to compete as a cheerleading team. Bridgehampton’s production opens Friday for three performances, which will feature 14 dance numbers, powerful songs and even cheerleading stunts.
“In the end, there are two really good squads that compete, and it’s a good friendship story,” Lindsey Sanchez, Bridgehampton’s drama club advisor, said in an interview. “It’s about hard work, working together … and also that honesty is key, especially at this age.”
The show’s leading ladies are a pair of freshman friends, Caleigh Hochstedler and Destiny Hodge. They star as Campbell, the peppy and ambitious but manipulative head cheerleader, and Danielle, the sassy queen bee of the school and leader of the dance crew, respectively. Though Caleigh and Destiny have appeared in Bridgehampton School musicals in the past, both are appearing in their first starring roles.
“It’s stressful, but it’s cool,” Destiny said.
“Bring it On” has brought together students from Bridgehampton and East Hampton High School, including freshman Alfredo Chaves, who played the lead in East Hampton’s production of “In the Heights” earlier this year and earned a Teeny Award nominee for “best male in a musical.” Though it’s not the first time East Hampton students have joined their Bridgehampton peers, with about 10 students in the cast, this is the largest contingent from East Hampton in a Bridgehampton production. With 29 students, “Bring it On” also has the largest cast in a Bridgehampton musical since the program was established four years ago.
“It’s been really fun,” Caleigh said. “It’s such a great cast to work with.”
The entire show has been put together in just six weeks, Ms. Sanchez said.
“It’s very nerve-wracking … but it’s coming together. We have glimmers of fantastic,” she said. “From start to finish, I love seeing the kids come together and be really proud of what they’re doing. It’s a hard, hard show. To see them get it and be ready to perform is so cool.”
Show times are Friday, May 12, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 13, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults, and can only be purchased at the door.