Bishop Ireton High School The Pajama GameBy Cappies • Apr 22nd, 2008 • Category: Cappies
In their production of The Pajama Game this weekend, Bishop Ireton wowed audiences with their enthusiasm and dedication to a lively performance.
The Pajama Game originally opened on Broadway on May 13, 1954, ultimately garnering a Tony Award for Best Musical. It is based on the book “7 1/2 Cents” by Richard Bissell, and was adapted to the stage by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. The story of one group of textile workers’ struggle to achieve a 7 1/2 cent raise is one that was very common in the 1950s and is what makes the musical such an unforgettable one.
Bishop Ireton did a wonderful job of embodying the time period, with very decade-specific costumes, hair and makeup. Costume designer Hannah Goldman should definitely be commended for her use of vibrant colors and eye-catching fabrics to match the lively spirit of the 1950s. This same vibrancy was captured in the choreography of the musical also. The entire cast was dedicated to the intricacy of the choreography and there was never a moment where one actor seemed to have nothing to do. Choreographers Andrea Borrelli and Celine Debrausse did an excellent job of giving each actor a purpose on stage and building chemistry between company members at all times.
Complementing the many achievements of the show’s designers, there were also memorable performances by the cast. Most characters managed to get and keep the audience’s attention. For example, Kimberley Miller as Poopsie made audience members erupt with laughter, and James Robertson was dedicated to all the sleazy physicality of his character Prez. Lead Actress Carly Maalouf as Babe also captivated the audience with her serious portrayal of Babe’s struggle to find the balance between her love life and her work life.
Although the production experienced some issues with sound leveling, the cast pushed through and delivered some memorable musical numbers. Kimberley Sabol was enthusiastic in the number “Hernando’s Hideaway,” and the number “Racing With The Clock” really clued the audience in to conditions at the Sleep Tite Pajama Factory.
Bishop Ireton’s production should be commended for its dedication to the true spirit of the original Pajama Game production. They gave a performance to remember.
by Cerstin Johnson of Duke Ellington
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