Windy City Musical Blows into Trumbull

Arnav Srivastava‘19
EE Co-Editor-in-Chief

The cast and crew of last year’s musical, Curtains, outside of the THS auditorium.

The perfect A-major chord ripples through the stage and the audience cannot help but smile. Once again, Trumbull High School has begun fervently preparing for its spring musical: Chicago.

Set in Jazz Age, the musical is based on a 1926 play by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins about actual criminals and crimes she reported on. The plot is a satire on celebrity and criminal justice, as well as criminal “celebrities,” and has achieved massive success as the longest-running American musical in Broadway history.

Ambitiously following this success, Trumbull High School recently held auditions for the musical, and the cast has been set! Everyone holds high prospects for the musical, as senior Douglas Flam explains, “the cast is super excited to see how Mrs. Spillane as director puts her own spin on Bob Fosse classic.”

The cast’s passion for the musical really shines through. As senior actor Harrison Gilberti voices, “I’m sad to say goodbye as a senior but I look forward to giving it my all. The musical is always a fun experience, and it’s so satisfying seeing everyone’s hard work and talent.”

DJ Flam agrees, stating “I definitely enjoy the music portion the best. I’ve been doing music since I was 12 and have always been fascinated by the details and different style of musical theater music compared to the classical or choir based music I am exposed to.”

Meanwhile, sophomore Eleni Wagner recalls how although she joined crew after being encouraged by friends, “when actually setting things up for the show, I found that I really loved designing and making props.”

A lot of work goes into putting together the play, and the cast and crew have already started preparing their production. Eleni Wagner explains crew has been organizing crew roles, and will likely begin set design around February. Harrison Gilberti explains, “we actually just had our read through on December 13th, and rehearsals start once we come back from break. Our first official rehearsal where we start blocking and dancing will be in January when we get back from break.”

Ultimately, the cast and crew is looking to another successful production ahead. DJ Flam advocates “many have been given great opportunities, as well as Jackie Mate is playing the lead alongside Caroline Marchetti.”

Eleni Wagner reinforces this idea, explaining, “I’m feeling great about this year, because we have a lot of people who are very eager to learn, and everyone in the cast and crew has been very enthusiastic about the musical.”

The musical is set to be released in Late March! Best of luck to the cast and crew for putting together a spectacular musical!

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