Western Bradford Notebook: Troy graduate returns to direct musical
TROY - Sydney Blade fondly recalls her time taking part in the musicals at Troy High School.
"They were some of the best times I had in high school," said the 22-year-old Granville Summit resident, who graduated from Troy High School in 2008.
So, it should be no surprise that she's now back, and ready to help the district's students have their own memorable times on stage.
This week, the Troy Area School Board named Sydney as play advisor, which puts her in the director's chair for this year's musical.
"I'm really looking forward to it," she told me in a recent interview.
"It's always secretly been something I wanted to do, coming back home and doing something I loved to do when I was here."
Sydney said that she automatically was interested in the job when she found out it was open.
"With all the involvement I had in musicals in high school and musicals in Mansfield, it was something I was interested in," she said.
At Troy High School, she was in "Fiddler on the Roof," "Bye Bye Birdie," "Oklahoma," and "Guys and Dolls."
This year, she graduated from Mansfield University with a bachelor's degree in music, in music education.
At Mansfield University in 2011, she was student director for "The Drowsy Chaperone" and was in the cast of two other productions, "Into the Woods" in 2009 and "My Favorite Year" in 2010.
In addition, she was in community group productions with Arcadia Theater and Hamilton-Gibson Productions in Wellsboro.
At Troy High School, her favorite role was Aunt Eller in "Oklahoma."
"She was a sassy and spunky old lady so it was a lot of fun," Sydney recalled. "It took a little bit of getting used to, but it wasn't as difficult as I imagined it to be."
She anticipates her new role in the director's chair.
"I think it's going to be different to work with the same people I worked with in high school, but on the other side of the stage. But I think it's going to be a lot of fun too."
She said the new musical hasn't been officially decided yet.
But she promised that "it's going to be a fun one."
Sydney, who was also named band front advisor this week, said her long-term goal is to become a music teacher.
And she will always relish her time on stage.
"It's a cool way to separate yourself from the real world a little bit."
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