Since September of 2011, a group of students have given up their Saturdays to rehearse for this event. We took our production of Bugsy Malone- which is a satirical look at the noir-ish gangster stories of the 30’s/40’s- and not only did 2 performances right before Christmas at Mountain Heritage High School, but then cut the show down to a 15 minute “showcase” this past week. It is this 15 minute piece that we will be taking to the National Junior Theatre Festival.
This week our students worked heavily with Andrea Bailey (who just finished playing Mary in our recent production of Beautiful Star) who re-worked all of the songs and vocals until these kids sounded amazing. I worked out the choreography and I have to say this cast has made it their own. On Wednesday, Andrew Gall, the Producing Artistic Director, worked extensively with the cast as well and tweaked all of the comedic bits, timing, and character choices. As Andrew finished rehearsal last night, the energy, excitement, and enthusiasm was palpable. I am sure the nerves will set in as the next time we will be together as an ensemble will be right before we perform on Saturday morning.
Tomorrow everyone hits the road. We are all looking forward to our performance, the workshops, seeing other productions and the work of other students. So thanks to the parents, the Parkway Playhouse Board, and especially to Bruce Chuvala and Ami Pisano who makes what we do seem so easy. Send us positive vibes and we will be attempting to send some “live” updates through this blog over the weekend!—Mary Katherine