ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Hush up, Don’t Tell Mama
Musicals aren’t dead
By Anna Coutts
Cabaret revues are an excellent way to showcase musically talented stars,
and that’s exactly what Theatre Western plans to do with its production
of Don’t Tell Mama.
“There’s so many talented people here at Western, but no real
place for them all to show off their abilities,” explains the show’s
producer Antonio Tan.
Performer Ciaran McCarthy concurs. “After seeing all the performers
sing their solos, I was completely blown away. There are some very talented
people at this school, and this show is a great thing to have, so that such
talent can be celebrated.”
While originally the show was to be based in the same era as the musical Cabaret — 1920s
Berlin — it quickly evolved into a more modern show. By featuring such
popular modern musicals as Hairspray, Gypsy, Ragtime, Nine, Chicago, Jesus
Christ Superstar, Rent and Titanic, Tan hopes the show will draw a larger,
“It’s very hard to sell to Western,” he says. “You
never know if you are going to be able to sell out or not.” Tan feels
that the key to getting people out to shows is through promotion.
“If people don’t know about it, they won’t come,” Tan
says. As such, Don’t Tell Mama’s production crew has worked hard
on putting together a professional looking poster campaign to emphasize just
how gifted its stars are.
Western Idol winner Angie Gachui has a few large numbers in the show and as
such, has been a main focus in the show’s promotion. However, Gachui
is just one of many talented performers being showcased. Other stars include
Western Idol finalist Jennifer Dell’Unto, varsity soccer player Ciaran
McCarthy and Cabaret star Megan Phillips.
All members of the cast have put in long hours and worked extremely hard, and
each member has added something unique to the show.
“It takes tons of effort to pull off a good show, not to mention a lot
of energy,” Tan says. He explains that he would not have been able to
pull off the production if it weren’t for everyone’s hard work,
and notes that musical director Josh Preiss was a key player in pulling the
artistic integrity of the show together in the last few weeks of rehearsal.
While it may have been hard work, Tan promises it was worth it. “The
payoff is so good. I was watching rehearsal the other day and was wowed. These
people are just so unbelievably talented!
“Hopefully, [Don’t Tell Mama] will show people at Western that
musicals aren’t a boring medium, but an entertaining way to showcase
fantastic talent,” he adds.
McCarthy agrees, explaining that he has “no doubt that everyone who
comes to this show will feel they definitely got their $8 worth. Musical theatre
is experiencing a bit of a rebirth into popular culture. I know there is a
lot of interest within our school community and that all the ‘Broadway
babies’ out there won’t be disappointed!”
Don’t Tell Mama is being presented Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 9:30 p.m. at
The Wave. Tickets are $8 and available at InfoSource or at the door.