Singin’ and dancin’ in the rain

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Sarah Herzer

Meital Abraham, Reporter

The theatre department performed the Broadway musical “Singin’ in the Rain” on Jan. 15-18. The show is about a talented man, his love affair and how his newly found significant other affects his career.

The show was set during the year of 1927 and is in Hollywood, California. “Singin’ in the Rain”introduces not only the invention of talking films, but also the idea of lip singing. Other than the main protagonist, the play also includes a squeaky star named Lina Lamont and a rising actress named Kathy Selden. The cast sang and danced, and there was actual water on stage. Some of the songs showcased were classics such as “Good Morning,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Moses Supposes” and more.

Playing the lead role, Don Lockwood, was senior Christopher Washington.

“We started rehearsing in September,” Washington said. “We got to work with a choreographer, music directors and our director, Ms. Blake.”

Washington has been in theatre for three years and “Singin’ in the Rain”was his first time being the lead.

“My favorite part of the play was when I got to dance in the rain, it was really exciting,” Washington said. “Overall the production was complicated and it turned out really well, the outcome was great.”

Playing as a singer and dancer was sophomore Luke Williamson.

“At first I didn’t really know what the play was about, but the show really came together opening night,” Williamson said.

Over the years, Williamson’s interest in acting has grown.

“I would have to say my favorite part about acting is being able to escape your fears and worries, acting is like a break from reality,” Williamson said. “I also like  the social aspect, I get to hang out with my friends all the time.”

Acting as a second music director and featured dancer was sophomore Elisabeth Ford.

“We rehearsed for five months,” Ford said. “Before each show we’d have vocal warm-ups, we’d drink tea and throat coat, which helps you sing.”

Ford is a passionate theatre student who was pleased with the outcome of the play.

“I think the play went amazing and I couldn’t have asked for a better cast, crew or turnout,” Ford said. “My favorite part was definitely dancing not only because the dances were so intricate, but also because it was fun learning how to tap dance.”

Although theatre tech students were not seen on stage, they played a major role in contributing to the production of the play as everything exhibited on stage was built by hand. Junior Durham Travis was involved in the construction.

“The show turned out really well,” Travis said. “In the beginning, we did have a few mishaps, but towards the end we fixed them. I was in charge of the fly system, so all the big things the audience saw such as the signs, backgrounds and the skrim. Opening night was stressful, but in the end everybody pulled it together and it was a really good show.”

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Singing and dancing in the finale of “Singin’ in the Rain” with a large part of the case is sophomore Nicki DiPietro. “It was a really fun experience,” DiPietro said. “It was really cool seeing everyone around you and realizing that we made it through the entire play.” Photo by Sarah Herzer
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Performing the opening scene “Fit as a Fiddle” is senior Christopher Washington as Don Lockwood and senior Wyatt Laster as Cosmo. “‘Fit as a Fiddle’ was the most fun and energetic song to perform,” Laster said. “The outcome of the play was phenomenal, everyone was at the top of their game all four nights.” Photo by Sarah Herzer
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Recording Lina Lamont’s voice with Dexter are a few wardrobe women and three assistant directors, including sophomore Elisabeth Ford. “The play went amazing,” Ford said. “I loved everything about it.” Photo by Sarah Herzer