Watching The Musical By: Paige Comeau
March 18, 2019, the cast of the musical “Nunsense” are having one of their very last practices before the opening show on Thursday. As the show itself has a lot of audience participation, my father and I were invited to come and watch the run-through so the cast can practice the show with real reactions.
Now, we arrived rather early, as my sister’s in the Musical and she needed to change into her costume, check her mic, etc. So, because of this I had a few minutes before the run-through to set up my camera and observe the cast. Anyone observing the cast could tell at first glance that they all had great chemistry. To put on a good show, especially one like Nunsense, the cast not only needs to have great acting, singing, and dancing, but they need to have that kind of connection. All the members were chatting excitedly, laughing, and practicing with one another. Any person watching would know that they were having the best time putting on the show.
After checking mics, fixing costumes, and some quick practicing, the show was finally ready to begin.
The opening was my sister (Lily Comeau) reading a very sarcastic and witty card written by Mrs. Landry and ad-libbing to whatever the audience threw at her through her opening speech. Then the Mother Superior (Played by Divina Hernandez) came out and the show began. Now I can’t go through all the numbers one by one, but the opening number is something that really stuck with me. I loved the beautiful Latin prayer that began the song that would right after become very up beat and high energy. The song introduced all leads and what the show was about.
The Cast: Leads, Reverend Mother played by Divina Hernandez, Sister Mary Hubert played by Olivia Boudreau, Sister Robert Ann played by Lily Comeau, Sister Mary Amnesia played by Emma Dessureau, and Sister Mary Leo played by Sarah Percival. One thing that I loved about this Musical was the casting. A lot of the cast members are students of Mrs. Landry’s and so she knew exactly what role they would fit. I don’t think it would have been the same had anyone been a different role. Plus, there were another fourteen amazing people in the cast the show just wouldn’t have been the same without. Audra, Nadine, Natalie, Serena, Caleb, Anna, and Nathan, Savannah, Chandra, Kasmira, Emma, Ellen, and Elizabeth. All these people were fantastic, and made the show better each in their own way. Personal favorite characters of mine were : Father Virgil and his friendship with Robert Ann, Sister Mary Wilhelm because she’s the Nurse *Gasp*, Sister Mary Annette and her “Hit it Sweetie”, and you can’t forget Sister Julia, Child of God, (Crosses Self), you really can’t.
On the Musical itself : Lily Comeau, as anyone who’s met me knows, is my twin sister. And twins are pretty close, as anyone who’s ever seen the parent trap knows. So, I went to the musical every night. Plus that one practice. So I saw the musical a total of four times. Because of that I’d like to think I have a pretty good idea of what happened during the show. Like I said earlier, I can’t talk about every song, but I can give an overview of what we saw. Basically, the show is about a group of Nuns who are raising money to get rid of the four dead Nuns in the freezer. Not your average comedy. To go deeper into it, Sister Julia Child Of God *crosses self*, the chef, made a soup that killed 52 of the convent’s members. They raised enough money to bury the sisters, but before they buried the last four, Reverend Mother bought a plasma screen TV, and they have to put the Nuns in the freezer. So they put on this show (The one you’re watching), in order to “Clean out the Freezer”. But during this show, several things happen, Robert Ann pushes desperately to sing her solo, a puppet steals a solo, Reverend Mother gets high, and on top of it all, Amnesia can’t even remember her real name.
Overall, I really loved the show, enough to see it four times, and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next year.
Being in the Musical By: Emma Dessureau
For those of you who may not know, in March, our drama club put on the musical Nunsense. Most audience members have agreed that the performance very entertaining and fun to watch. The show was interactive and had a lot of fun bits involving the audience. It seemed to be more of an experience than a show.
I interviewed Ms.Mabardy, one of the coaches for Gardner High’s boys tennis team, a few practices before the team’s first match. I asked about the upcoming season for boy’s tennis, and about how the team is doing overall. Ms Mabardy is the new technical head coach, with Mr. Prouty being the assistant coach. It is her first year as coach after Mr. Hawkins stepped down. While Mr. Prouty works with the players themselves, Ms. Mabardy figures out a lot of logistics of the team.
What are you hoping to come out of this sports season? “We are hoping to see more veteran players further develop their skills on and off the court as leaders. We are interested in watching the growth of our brand new players, who have already made so much progress in such a short amount of time.”
Do you think the team is prepared for this season? “We could use more members, but they are more prepared than in season’s past.”
What do you think are some obstacles the team might face this season? “The numbers are an obstacle, they’re at a point where they can fill positions for matches, but it will be tricky when events are happening.”
What do you think about the schools you are up against? “Some are in a similar position as the team or when they were last season, but the schools have larger numbers and more interest.”
What do you think are some strengths the team has? “Some have been working together well and for a long time. Many players have a great natural ability. Many are eager to teach the new players about the sport.”
Overall, how confident are you and the team for this season? “[The team] is going to have a more competitive season. We probably will have a better season than last season. We are more technically prepared for games.”
One more month, only thirty days.
Until we say goodbye to these high school ways.
No more early morning hall walks.
No more drama and gossip talks.
No more of these high school folkways.
Oh how the years went by, flew past the eyes.
We are now ready to say our last goodbye.
Goodbye to our teachers.
Goodbye to our peers.
Goodbye to this place we’ve known so many years.
Now onto our next journey, college or other.
Taking our final steps out of this school, possibly forever.
And as we take our final exit and part from one another,
We will hold a great remembrance of the time we spent together.
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