Clayton’s Catastrophic Column: What’s a musical?

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With the spring play in its last couple weeks of production, it’s officially crunch time for the cast members of this year’s “Triple One-Act-Stravaganza.” I’m a member of the production of “A Night in the Ukraine,” the second act of a two-act musical (you read that right, it’s a musical) that is in the style of the Marx brothers. However, the second act can be performed by itself, which is what we’re doing.

This is an interesting feat for our cast, who expected to be performing in a play this spring, but instead we’ve got another musical on our hands. I love musicals, so I’m not complaining, but there are definitely some aspects of musicals that make them much more difficult than plays.

The obvious is that a play consists of talking, moving and other things of the such, while musicals force you to break out your vocal and dance prowess. For me, having never been in choir (except for fifth grade, but that doesn’t count), and the fact that I had never done a musical at all before sophomore year, every new musical is an interesting experience for me.

This show is especially interesting, because it stands in stark contrast to the three musicals I’ve participated in the past couple years. Instead of the 100 person cast that usually makes up our fall musical, our cast is a mere seven people, so there’s no place to hide if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Also, if you attend a show at the end of this month, you’ll get to hear me sing not one, but two songs all by myself. Let’s hope I don’t mess it up.

Building onto this show being different from anything I’ve ever done before, my section of the show is only 1/3 of the theatrical talent you’ll see. “A Night in the Ukraine” will be the final act, preceded by “10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse” and an abridged version of “The Importance of Being Earnest,” a personal favorite of mine from AP Literature teacher Justin Bogart’s class.

I actually have not seen a bit of the other two shows, but I will finally get a chance to see their hard work later this week when all three acts come together to rehearse the full show for the first time.

Tickets will be on sale soon, so make sure to snag some before they sell out. You don’t wanna miss seeing senior Kaia Minter and I tango.

Also, don’t forget that there are two different casts that alternate nights for the four-night run. If you can make it to one of both, I’d highly suggest it. That is all.


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