Logan High senior Alex Lambert, the son of Dr. Greg and Julie Lambert, has always dreamed big. Currently the student body president of Logan High School, Lambert has played Grizzly baseball, served on the newspaper staff and sung with the “Crimson Colony” choir. He has also been actively involved in theater.
“Ever since I was in middle school, I’ve had the interesting, rather peculiar desire to write a musical,” he said. “I wrote a twenty-minute show for the one-acts last year and enjoyed it so much that I wanted to make it bigger.”
Bigger it is.
On March 23, 24, and 27, Logan High School will present Lambert’s original full-length production, <em>Echoes Never Die, A Musical Tribute to Logan High School</em>. Featuring a cast of 32 students and a pit orchestra, the show has been almost entirely student-driven. Lambert said the idea behind it was born last June, when student body officers were discussing ways to commemorate Logan High School’s 100th anniversary.
“The show is student directed and student choreographed, and all around it should be an exciting celebration for Logan High’s Centennial,” said Lambert. “I’ve always had a fascination with history and a love for Logan High School, so a musical based loosely on the history of Logan High seemed like a brilliant idea.”
<em>Echoes Never Die</em> is a work of historical fiction, with Logan High circa 1941 as its backdrop. If there was a book behind the script, Lambert said, it would be based on the school’s 1942 and 1943 yearbooks. While most of the main characters in the show are fictional, two actual teachers from the era, Glen Worthington and Inez Maughan, are represented.
“I saw in them what I see in all of my favorite teachers at LHS,” said Lambert. “They seemed to be real friends to the students and seemed to have positively impacted many students’ lives. To me, Miss Maughan and Mr. Worthington represented everything good about Logan High.”
<em>Echoes Never Die</em> likewise reflects the atmosphere at Logan High School as its student body faced the looming uncertainty of WWII. As U.S. involvement in the conflict increased, Logan High’s band played at the train depot for military draftees on their way to basic training, and students organized a project called “The Homefront,” where they gathered stamps and metals, sold war bonds and served refugees.
“The storyline is not something I came up with on my own,” said Lambert. “I called a production meeting in late June and got everyone that I knew would help out together in one room. We spent an hour throwing out ideas. It seems the most crazy ones ended up being the ones we chose and the ones that worked!”
Lambert then composed 12 original show tunes to accompany the script—with marches, jazz and classic musical theater—along with several arrangements of “Hail to Logan High,” the Grizzlies’ official school song.
“He wrote this musical—complete with scenery, full orchestra, costumes, script, directed himself—and he’s not even charging at the door,” said Kathy Heninger, a close family friend. “There are so many positive things about this. Alex just excels in everything he does, but he’s so humble about it. It’s like, ‘Oh, by the way, I wrote a musical.’”
Lambert is quick to acknowledge the help he’s received to bring <em>Echoes Never Die</em> to life. Codirecting the show is Clarity Perry, a 2016 Logan High graduate. Patrick Grob, a senior at LHS, designed the set. The music was orchestrated by Samantha Armstrong, also a senior, with the support of John Carter, the father of a cast member. Klara Ricks, a junior at Logan High, spearheaded choreography, and Grob and Jacob Huppi, who plays violin in the pit orchestra, were “invaluable script consultants.” Lambert will fulfill a longtime personal goal by conducting the orchestra.
“I just want to say that it absolutely blows my mind to see so many people coming together and contributing to this project,” he said. “What started out as a little idea last summer has now turned into a full-scale production, and I couldn’t be more grateful to those that have helped out in the process. It truly is a dream come true. Whether you’re a Grizzly or not, I hope you’ll come out and enjoy the show. We hope it’s a gift we can give to Logan High.”
<em>Echoes Never Die</em> takes place in the Logan High School auditorium on March 23, 24, and 27, with each show beginning at 7:30 p.m. Ticket purchases are not required, but donations will be accepted to offset the show’s student-funded production costs. Any excess contributions will benefit the Logan High School Drama Department.