Jamestown High School will bring the artful stage production of the motion picture classic, Singin’ in the Rain, to the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts on March 20th and 21st at 7 p.m. and March 22nd at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and are available through the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts box office at 716-484-7070 or on line at www.reglenna.com.
Adapted from the 1952 movie Singin’ in the Rain, the musical’s plot closely adheres to the original. Set in Hollywood in the waning days of the silent screen era, it focuses on romantic lead Don Lockwood (played by Alex Simmons), his sidekick Cosmo Brown (played by Cameron Hurst), aspiring actress Kathy Selden (played by Kirstie Hanson), and Lockwood’s leading lady Lina Lamont (played by Emily Isaacson), whose less-than-dulcet vocal tones make her an unlikely candidate for stardom in talking pictures. Other students featured in the production are: Steve Brombacher as R.F. Simpson, Ryan Whisner as Roscoe Dexter, Jacob Dietzel as Rod and Jenae Pryce as Dora Bailey.
The brilliant score brings to life such audience favorites as Fit As A Fiddle, Make ‘Em Laugh, Good Mornin’, You Were Meant for Me, Broadway Rhythm, Gotta Dance, Beautiful Girl, You Are My Lucky Star and Singin’ In The Rain.
Kortney Young and Gabbie Patinode of SUNY Fredonia, along with Brett Fallon of Erie, designed the show’s choreography. JHS students Kirstie Hanson, Cameron Hurst and La’ Cherrie Pettibon acted as dance captains and choreographers. Melanie Gritters provided vocal direction and Gina Wakefied is conducing the orchestra. JHS student Zac Ricker is rehearsal accompanist and will also play keyboard in the pit orchestra.
The complex production incorporates multi-media, including silent and “talking” pictures. Both movies were filmed at the Robert H. Jackson Center and the Sheldon house, which provided the grandeur necessary for the The Royal Rascal and The Dueling Cavalier. Students also learned how to fence for the film. JHS student John Brown was the cameraman for the movie projects and also helped with the edit process.
The showcase of the production is the rain set designed by Joe Shelters. The huge set has a water containment system that actually produces rain on the stage. JHS students Natalie Shafer, Madison Dineen, Karighan Walker and Ryan Whisner painted the set and Nina and Russ Bell provided support. Costumes were coordinated, designed and crafted by Sue Kent and Tamsin Pope, along with their sewing crew.
JHS students, stage manager Mario Angeli and lighting designer and technical advisor Scott Barton will work with I.A.T.S.E. Local #266 to make sure that the production runs smoothly.
This is the 26th year Michele Constantino has directed musicals for Jamestown High School. The lead cast members from the first time she directed this musical twenty-one years ago will be coming to see the show from Texas, Connecticut and the WNY area.