Some may not associate singing with the weather, or the weather with singing. However, this is not about Bill Randby’s forecast for the week, it’s about Marian’s fall musical, “Singin’ in the Rain.”
This story revolves around characters such as Lina Lamont, Don Lockwood, Cosmo Brown and Kathy Selden. Junior Rachel Brich is playing Lina.
Brich was cast as Mrs. Sullivan in last fall’s musical, “Rags.” In addition, she was Verges, a sidekick cop in “Much Ado About Nothing,” but now she’s going to be in the spotlight dancing…in the rain. “I’m really excited to see the finished product. Getting the costumes and makeup really puts everything to a whole other level,” Brich said.
The main lead, Don Lockwood, will be played by Creighton Prep senior Ryan Wortmann. Don Lockwood is a charming silent film star whose goal is to become a real actor. Wortmann has also been part of past Marian productions such as “Children of Eden,” “The King and I,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Rags.” Wortmann is thrilled to be playing Don, he’s watched and re-watched the movie; it’s considered a classic in his family.
Last year, senior Gigi Hausman starred as Bella in “Rags.” But it’s time to switch gears, and star in a production with a more upbeat vibe. Hausman will be playing Kathy Selden. Kathy is basically the female version of Don, and she is more than what meets the eye.
The contrast between Kathy and Bella will be one of the most demanding adjustments, but the cast and crew have been practicing since the start of the school year and Hausman is confident all their hard work will pay off.
“Singin’ in the Rain” is about two hours long, it includes singing, dancing and an engaging story. When the students signed up to audition, they knew that they’d have to turn school time into musical time. The cast spent not two days, not two weeks, but two months rehearsing, memorizing lines, learning the dances and
finding that perfect pitch.
“In past productions, I’ve been leads, but the not main lead where they need me 24/7. I’ve been getting 3 hours of sleep on average since the beginning of September, but we are still going at it,” Wortmann said.
These students have busy schedules trying to find time memorize their lines and juggle all of the other school work as rehearsal generally runs until 9 p.m. Even so, they remain optimistic and can’t wait to put on a great show.
Last night’s forecast
predicted some change in the weather. Randby predicts an incoming storm, but it’s actually going to rain dollar bills! Specifically 10 dollar bills because that’s how much tickets cost for adults and only $7 for students. The tickets are sold at the door and online on Marian’s website.
“Singin’ in the Rain” will run from Oct. 27 to Oct. 30 at Marian High School in the Kish Auditorium of the Performing Arts Center. The first three performances begin at 7 p.m. and the Sunday matinee on Oct. 30 will be at 2 p.m.