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The Emmanuel Auditorium attracted a crowd Friday night for the opening of The World Goes ‘Round. The musical features famous compositions by Kander & Ebb such as “All That Jazz,” “Cabaret,” and “New York, New York.”
This entirely student-run production combined the talents of Joe Deauna ’16 as director, Elisabeth Staal ’16 as choreographer, Christina Listro ’17 as costume designer, and Samantha Martin ’17 as stage manager.
Roughly an hour long, The World Goes ‘Round not only wowed the audience, but found ways to relate to them too. Temma Beaudreau ’18 and Sadie Piatt’s ’18 back and forth as Woman One and Woman Three through “The Grass is Always Greener” in performances that resonated in the crowd. Woman Two and Man Two, played by Mackenzie Moore ’19 and MCPHS student Manuel Ribes, found encouragement despite feeling love’s harsh bite.
Jordan Lindley ’16, or Man One, kept the audience giggling with his renditions of “Sara Lee,” a song about his love of bread and baked goods, and “Mr. Cellophane,” an expression of his lack of presence in the world. From relationships to having a place in the world, the audience could sympathize with each character and their personal dilemmas.
After all, who hasn’t considered their love of all things gluten-filled over dealing with actual human interaction?
As far as choosing this particular show, Deauna said, “Well this show was originally a revue, meaning it was more or less a bunch of musical numbers strung together with no plot, and I liked having the flexibility of being able to make my own plot–basically structuring my own show. And I liked the themes of the music because I felt it was something that really resonated with me.”
Director @7thchordsundae has arrived! pic.twitter.com/ytYLWjptwn
— EC Performing Arts (@EmmanuelTheater) October 16, 2015
Deauna, a double major in Biology and Musical Theatre, directed this show in order to complete the latter portion of his major.
“I’m really pleased with how my show went, and the cast and crew seem equally pleased!” Deauna added. “I have to admit I’m happy it’s over because it’s been such an exhausting process though! As for future plans I have no clue, I’m going to audition for the musical next spring and I’m hoping to one day work professionally in theater, but I’m going to pace myself and see where things go after graduation.”
For information on future shows, follow the Emmanuel Performing Arts Department on Twitter.
Next up: Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liasions) directed by Scott Gagnon coming this November.
Heather Alterisio ’17 is a Staff Writer for the Hub. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @HeathAlt.