Hayfield Secondary School Singin’ in the RainBy Cappies • Jun 4th, 2013 • Category: Cappies
An entire cast taps together in synchronization, before crouching low so the audience can see the two showmen and lovely lady on a platform at the back of the stage. They lift her high in the air, triumphant smiles splitting their faces. Blackout. If this were a silent film, the intertitle might read “Hayfield Drama production of Singin’ in the Rain a rollicking good time — audience goes wild.”
Singin’ in the Rain was first a 1952 film, before being adapted into a stage musical. With its witty screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and iconic songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed, Singin’ in the Rain is a perennial favorite about the troubles and triumphs of Don Lockwood. Don is a star in silent films, fighting a fabricated romance with his vocally ungifted co-star Lina Lamont, and raising havoc with his co-conspirator and friend, Cosmo Brown. When Don meets the vivacious Kathy Selden, he immediately falls for her. As Lina fights to save the life she thinks she has, and Don strives for a life with Kathy, everyone must confront one of the biggest changes in filmmaking history — the talkie.
Noah Mutterpearl was exuberant and endearing as Don Lockwood, maintaining unflagging enthusiasm despite his ample stage time. A freshman, Mutterpearl exceeded expectations, capably carrying the large role with impressive tapping capabilities, and a trademark mischief. Hank von Kolnitz, a freshman — playing Don’s partner in crime, Cosmo Brown — immediately drew the eye with his constant character, liveliness, and credible relationship with Mutterpearl, perhaps best displayed in the number “Moses.” Kathy Selden, played by the thoroughly talented Gabi Stapula, was a delight to watch and hear with her dream-like movements and period-sounding vocals. Allisha Edwards was delightfully devious and detestable as Lina Lamont, with a hilarious number “What’s Wrong with Me?” Daniel Kingsley, a featured tapper, deserves great praise for his dancing, as well as for choreographing several numbers alongside Ms. Stapula.
The set was constructed to maximize versatility, and accomplished its job well. While some scene changes ran long, it is important to note that moving a cast full of people in tap shoes silently off stage is no small feat. The orchestra was commendable for their endurance. The black-and-white films that intercut the production were as hilarious as they were well constructed.
A warming tribute to a bygone era, Hayfield’s Singin’ in the Rain was sweet and heartwarming, sprinkled with mirth and innocence. In the words of Charlie Chaplin, “Nothing is permanent in this wicked world — not even our troubles.”
by Amanda Courtney of Oakcrest School
Photos by Jean Martelli
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