Curtain opens on upcoming theatre season

by Emma Anderson and Jenny North

The sweaty and exhausted actors anxiously await callbacks after a long weekend of audition preparation. Off stage, students nervously anticipate their dance audition. Groups of six walk on stage to perform the routine previously engrained in their minds at the dance workshop three days before. It is time to leave it all on the stage.

This year the stage opens up with two new shows, Moon Over Buffalo and 42nd Street.

Theatre teacher Robbie Steiner gave a preview of the studio one production of Moon Over Buffalo, saying, “It’s going to be a great comedy, really funny. It should be a lot of fun.”

The play is a slapstick comedy about two traveling actors, George and Charlotte Hay. While trying to follow their dreams they encounter a few bumps along the way, such as a man locked in a closet, an unexpected pregnancy and a surprise engagement.

Coming this November to the main stage is 42nd Street.

42nd Street is going to be really great, it’s this big tap show,” said Steiner.

This musical tells the story of a retiring Broadway director putting on his final show. The lead actress, Dorothy Brock, finds herself caught in a love triangle between two very different men. All the while, a young aspiring actress waits in the wings for her big break.

“The cast will be working on 14 different production numbers with most of them being tap,” said Steiner.

Sophomore Bryson Barbee explained how the stakes have been raised for these auditions, with students required to take a dance workshop for special tap dancing numbers before being able to audition.

“The dance workshop was challenging, but I thought it wasn’t as hard as it could be. This wasn’t my first time tap dancing, I’ve been tapping since I was 10 years old. It wasn’t as hard for me, but it was hard for people who have had no previous experience in tapping,” said Barbee.

Sophomore Mitchell Lewis shared how FC theatre has exceeded expectations with the hope of 42nd Street being a contestant in the Thespian Festival in Nebraska. 

“The organization of the show is going to be stricter since the production is going to be adjudicated for the Thespian Festival in Nebraska, at least in my opinion,” said Lewis.

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