By Abby Terrill | Staff Writer
For their highly-anticipated spring musical, Pearce Theater brought Singin’ in the Rain to the stage. The show ran from Jan. 30 to Feb. 6. with one show on weekdays and two on weekends.
Based on the 1952 film, Singin’ in the Rain follows 1920s silent film stars as they get tangled up in a newfangled invention in Hollywood: talking pictures.
Senior Sam Snyder played film superstar Don Lockwood, and senior Claire Greenberg played his snide and rather annoying “fiancee” Lina Lamont. Senior Kenadi Paredes starred as Kathy Seldon, an emerging actress and singer whom Don falls madly in love with.
The antics of Cosmo Brown, Don’s best friend played by senior Jake Griffin, had the audience roaring with laughter. Of all the performers in the show, the chemistry between Jake and Sam was perhaps the best. The duo pulled off their tap-dancing routines with finesse and without flaw, and interacted as if they had been friends for decades.
The ensemble seems to get better every year. Honors go to the two eight-year-olds, Brooklyn Biddle, daughter of Director Heather Biddle, and Allyson Penn, who made their Pearce debut as Young Don and Little Cosmo.
Perhaps the highlight of the show was the onstage rainstorm, with Sam and the ensemble effortlessly dancing merrily in the downpour. This was quite a feat considering the floor was soaking wet and the risk of slipping was ever-present.
The show was so well-executed that one could only find minute details to criticize. Was this a worthy follow up to last year’s award-winning production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying? Absolutely. Does it have a chance of winning perhaps even more awards than How to Succeed? Definitely. Bravo.