The FC production of 42nd Street has been a huge hit. FC Theater is striving for a spot in the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska. “If it doesn’t go to the International Thespian Festival, I don’t know what will,” said lighting designer and senior Matt Barnett.
Sophomore Will DeVary performs Mac, the stage manager of Pretty Lady, the play within 42nd Street.
Senior Arielle Conrad performs “Shadow Waltz” as the character Dorothy Brock. “It’s hard to remember to be older. My character is a seasoned, mature actress and is a big diva and sometimes it’s hard to maintain that confidence and poise on stage,” said Conrad.
Junior Brooklyn Ivey, a key dancer in 42nd Street, performs “Go Into Your Dance.”
Senior Henry Miller portrays Billy Lawlor, the leading tenor in Pretty Lady.
Miller performs “Dames.”
A group of dancers performs “Dames.” “The marquees and costuming were particularly difficult in 42nd street, but in the end it looks great on stage,” said Barnett.
Ivey performs one of 42nd’s most prominent dances, “Money.”
Sophomore Mitchel Lewis portrays the Pretty Lady dance choreographer Andy Lee.
Conrad performs the act one finale. “I feel so blessed to be able to step out every night and perform for people. It’s so nerve wracking but still so much fun,” said Conrad.
The star of the show, Junior Morgan Prentiss, performs “Lullaby of Broadway” with senior Joel Jackson.
Jackson performs “Forty Second Street” as Julian Marsh, the Pretty Lady director. “Marsh is the hardest role I’ve ever played. It’s a challenge portraying someone that you have little in common with,” said Jackson.
The 42nd Street group is thankful for all of its members. “We’re a huge family. We argue, we comfort each other, we make each other laugh, we do everything together,” said Conrad.
After a long day of school, Henry Miller happily converses with his theatre friends before walking into the costume shop. It is lined with fabrics, sewing machines and obvious hard work. Each shelf is stuffed with countless different kinds of fabric and costumes in progress are hung on racks in the shop, waiting to be finished or fit on the performer. He waits his turn before getting measured and fitted in his costume for his role as Howard in Moon Over Buffalo.
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.