The theater department treated audience members to their final performance of “Cry Baby”, an irreverent musical centered around a story of forbidden love, earlier today. Seniors Sam Bock and Amelia Lindsey led the cast in their respective roles of “Cry Baby” Walker and Allison and received praise from the audience for their performances.
“I was much more connected to the main characters, just involved in the romance,” junior Joseph Lampman said. “I could feel for them, especially [Cry Baby].”
The positivity was constant throughout each of the performances. At the curtain call last Friday, Bock drew a standing ovation from the crowd.
“We had a massive crowd [that night] and we just feed off the energy of the crowd,” Bock said. “If they laugh, then we get more encouragement to have a lot more power in our singing and voice.”
Aside from the leads, the supporting cast also garnered positive reception. Junior Jack Feenick and his performance as the Judge drew acclaim, even though he was expecting to play a different part.
“I didn’t know going in that I was going to play the Judge,” Feenick said. “I just read for it randomly one day and it just clicked. It was really funny being this weird self [since] I’m not usually allowed to scream at people.”
Typical theater productions have a rehearsal schedule that runs from ten to twelve weeks; “Cry Baby” was under the constraints of spring break and other scheduling conflicts, forcing it to be only a seven week schedule.
“As always with shows, we always feel like that last couple of days up until when we open, it’s not going to make it, or we’re worried about certain pieces,” Tamborini said. “[The actors] really are just taking everything that they’ve learned in every moment from every night […] and using that to fuel their performances.”
Praise from attendees surrounded the cast and crew of “Cry Baby” as they finished their performance today.
“I think the kids are doing marvelously,” Tamborini said. “I’m really proud of them and I hope they’re proud of the work they do.”