Weston Middle Schoo l's Short Wharf theater company blew the audience away this past weekend with its production of the Broadway musical Curtains. The nasty weather may have delayed the opening performance. The thespians may have missed several practices. But in the end, it was a hit.
"When you look at their voices from last year to this year, it's amazing," said the show's director, Andrea Metchick. Several of the stars tutored under Philip Betencourt of Broadway Boot Camp in Southport. This gave them an opportunity to hone their singing chops and mature into a controlled vocal ensemble.
Their voices were agile and fluid, accompanied by a small orchestra that was never overbearing. The main roles were cast to perfection. Sam Rosenthal was brilliantly spunky as the misdirected police detective Frank Cioffi. The egotistical and sarcastic director Christopher Belling was played by Jackson Marvin. "I knew immediately that I wanted to play a flamboyant director," Marvin joked.
Marvin's delicious one-liners gained audience laughs throughout the play. A character says, "I have a thought," to which Marvin's character quips, "How long we've been waiting for this day."
The students also had a chance to swear a few times on stage, which they all delighted to mention after the show.
Comedy, and theater, rely on timing. And these kids got it. While some lines were rushed and dialogue often inarticulate, for a group of kids who haven't yet reached high school, one couldn't ask for a better performance.
Other standouts included Sarah Metchick and Jack Siegenthaler, whose duet in the song "Thinking of Missing the Music" would make an American Idol jealous. Krista Nayden and Janna Sturgis battled each other delightfully as the yearning daughter and disappointed mother.
The entire cast danced and sang with confidence and grace, although at times their voices were a bit soft. The top-rate production values laid the foundation for a fantastic performance. The set was donated by Staples High School which produced the play last year and Weston High School students operated sound and lighting.
"We've got some great kids," Metchick said. "What a fun and campy musical this was to work on. The show was a big challenge for the actors and they rose to the occasion."
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