SAVE THE DATE! Spring Musical "Curtains" goes up March 22-24
Lights! Cameras! Curtains! This year’s spring musical by the Whittier Drama Club is the murder mystery comedy Curtains. Set in Boston in 1959, the show opens with a lead actress being murdered on opening night in the show Robbin’ Hood of the Old West. It’s up to detective Frank Cioffi, a police detective who moonlights as a musical theater fan, to solve the case, save the show and maybe even find love before the show reopens -- without getting killed himself. The show promises to have the audience on the edge of their seats up until the finale.
It opens Friday, March 22 at 7 p.m. and runs Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $8 at the Whittier school store and at the door for $10. The show features a live orchestra.
While most of the talented actors, actresses, singers, and dancers are returning members, the cast has also gained enthusiastic newcomers. “This is my first year and it is amazing!” said Freshman Ana Barrera. Other newcomers Juniors Phineas Sparrow who plays Sidney Bernstein, and James Alvino who plays O’Farrell, also have a positive attitude. “It’s something new,” said Phineas, and “Why not?” agreed James.
Curtains has several challenging songs and dance numbers and the company is rehearsing every day after school and on Saturdays with Music Teacher Linda Urban, Media Instructor Rich Porcelli and Choreographer Wendy Smith. “You have to learn so much dancing and all the songs, but in the end it is all worth it.” said Freshman Isabella Gallagher.
“I love the acting and the creativity that goes into makeup, costumes, and the way you express your character,” said Senior Rhina Tiburcio, who plays Carmen Bernstein. “When I joined the club, I felt so welcomed and I feel like I have my own little family,” said Hayley Bourque, a junior who plays in the ensemble.