Spring Musical Curtains Entertains Sold-Out Crowds
A murder? Or two? A musical? Or two? A director? A detective? The detective becomes the director? Sounds like the hilarious whodunit, Curtains, presented this past weekend by the FGRHS Drama Club under the direction of performing arts teacher, Anne Kolaczkowski-Magee with musical direction by music teacher David Yule. Curtains, written by Rupert Holmes, based on a concept by Peter Stone, with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, is a comedic murder-mystery play-within-a-play. The show begins with the Boston premiere of the new musical “Robbin’ Hood”, which the producers (played by Anna Benz ’19 and John Pressprich ’20), composers (Sophia Pucillo ’19 and David Schoenle ’19), financial backer (Thomas Dylewski ’20), and director (Matthew Lynden ’20) hope to bring to Broadway, despite its terrible leading lady (Maria DiFranco ’18). The star suddenly collapses and dies at the end of the opening performance, putting the future of the show in jeopardy. When Boston homicide detective and community theater veteran, Lt. Frank Cioffi (Seppe Kelly ’19) enters to investigate the cause, he also insists that the show must go on! Quarantined in the theater with one more chance to impress a critic from The Boston Globe (Matt Clark ’19) whose opinion could make or break the show, the cast gets down to business. Lt. Cioffi alternately works to solve the case, improve the show, and woo the young leading lady understudy, Niki Harris (Mary Claire Zauel ’19). The cast of characters is rounded out by actors Randy (Alejandro Rollan ’20), Bambi (Kennidy Poleyn ‘18), Bobby (Quinn Heiser ’19), Harv (Cole Hopper ’19), Roberta (Rachel Rossini ’19), pianist Sasha (Renee Thompson ‘19), the no-nonsense stage manager Joanie (Theresa DiFranco ’19) and the chorus (Carrie Bonar ‘21, Kendall Bonifer ‘21, Hannah Carapellotti ‘19, Grace Crandall ‘21, Sidney Dent ‘20, Tara Dobric ‘18, Isabelle Frank ‘19, Lucas Fuller ‘21, Elisa Fulper ‘20, Lydia Karpack ‘20, Chloe Kenyon ‘21, Abby Labbe ‘20, Grace LaFave ’21, Rebecca Messiter ’18, Mary Rourke ‘21, Emily Schwartz ‘20, Stephen Shelcusky ‘21). Their performances were expertly lit by student director, Luke Pintar ’19 with backstage assistance by Alex Uram ’19.
The show featured toe-tapping tunes such as “Show People” and “It’s a Business” along with complex dance numbers and numerous twists and turns. Audience member Collin Reymann said, “I was impressed by the quality of the dance and technical complexity required by the plot.” The five performances entertained full houses. This musical rounded out a Drama Club year that began in August with the Dramalums production of Into the Woods, continued in October with the dramatic Diary of Anne Frank and in December with the original Christmas play The Worst Christmas Play Ever.
The FGRHS Drama Club’s next undertaking will be this summer’s Dramalums offering Newsies, August 23 (with Opening Night Gala) – 26, 2018 at Washtenaw Community College, in which current student performers will join forces with alumni of the FGRHS Drama Club to produce the show.