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'Singin' in the Rain' at Village Theater

 


The Village Theater’s production of ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ is a definite must-see for anyone who loves Hollywood classic movie musicals. The three main actors — John David Scott as Don Lockwood, Mallory King as Kathy Sheldon, and Gabriel Corey as Cosmo Brown — do a fine job of channeling Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor, respectively, while adding their own touch to these iconic roles. The stage version is a faithful adaptation of the movie, which is generally thought to be one of the best movie musicals of all time.

The story is set in the final days of silent movies, as actors made the transition to talkies, or not, as the case might be. The director, who has loved the movie musical since he was a boy, as well as the crew in charge of lighting, costumes, set design, etc have set the bar very high with this one. Incorporated into the play are several short films, both silent and talking, made in collaboration with ProMotion Arts that uses the show’s cast and additional actors. A special shout-out needs to go to Jessica Skerritt, who plays Lina Lamont — a successful silent film star, with a voice that can’t possibly be used in the new talkies. Skerritt does a masterful job with this.

The ensemble cast and the orchestra, as is usual with Village Theater productions, are outstanding, The choreography by Katy Tabb remains true to the original movie, but with her own unique touch. Surprisingly, the scene where the lead character actually dances in the rain, is carried off beautifully. The creative team devised a system that allows 320 gallons of heated, recycled water to fall like rain during this dance number.

This musical production of ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ is fun, romantic and energetic, a fitting tribute to Debbie Reynolds.

‘Singin’ in the Rain’ runs through Feb. 5 at the Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave. Tickets are $38 - $73. For more information call 425-257-8600.

 

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