James Madison High School No, No, NanetteBy Cappies • May 9th, 2007 • Category: Cappies
Do you remember when life was as cool as a stroll on the boardwalk, when phrases such as “lovey-dovey” and “none of your beeswax” were the “bee’s knees”? James Madison High School invites audiences to travel back to the colorful world of the 1920’s in No, No, Nanette.
“Peach on the Beach” Julia Addis-Lieser (Nanette) being lifted here with the Chorus.
No, No, Nanette follows three couples. Jimmy, a wealthy Bible publisher, is married to the frugal and straight-laced, Sue. Jimmy does not know what to do with all of his money so he becomes a benefactor for three beautiful women. Billy Early is helping Jimmy to get rid of the three mistresses and is married to the glamorous Lucille. Jimmy and Sue’s adopted daughter, Nanette, has an untapped wild side and is pursued by Tom Trainor.
The dance numbers throughout this performance were outstanding. Many of the lead characters performed impressive tap dance solos. The caliber of choreography in this show was well beyond the average high school production.
Julia Addis-Lieser tackled the role of the young and spunky Nanette with enthusiasm. Julia and Jack Beckhard as Tom Trainor had a natural connection in songs such as the famous “Tea for Two”.
“I Want to be Happy” Tori Terrill, Nichole Pradas, Alex Skaltsounis (Sue), Sasha Welch & Jillie Terrill with Male Chorus in background.
Abby Leventhal was energetic and hilarious as Pauline, the Smith’s French maid. Jimmy’s three mistresses (Maria Breeskin, Emma Roberts, and Katie Stolp) squeezed out every speck of comedy in their characters. Each mistress had a unique character which combined to create an uproarious trio. While some singers seemed unsure of themselves, Jacqueline Giroir as Lucille Early consistently sang with beauty and poise.
The pit orchestra sounded lovely without overpowering the actors. There were a few sound scratches and an instance when a microphone was left on backstage. The colorful period costumes and sets greatly enhanced the 1920s setting of the show.
Although there was a lack of energy in certain scenes, James Madison High School delivered an entertaining night of theatre with No, No, Nanette.
by Brad Miller of South Lakes
This review was written by a Cappies high school critic. The Cappies were founded in 1999, for the purpose of celebrating high school theater arts and providing a learning opportunity for theater and journalism students. You can learn more at cappies.com.
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