Miss Hall's School will stage 'Cry-Baby' this weekend in Pittsfield.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Miss Hall’s School Theater Ensemble will bop back to the 1950s for its winter musical, "Cry-Baby," the stage adaptation of the cult-classic John Waters film.
Performances will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 2; 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 3; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, in the Woods Theater of the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center on the Miss Hall’s campus. General admission is $10, and reservations are recommended. Go online for tickets or call 413-443-6401. Also, please note, the performance and subject matter are PG-13 and not suitable for children.
Set in 1954 in Baltimore and fueled by rock and roll, this romantic comedy tells the story of two star-crossed lovers, Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker — the leader of a group of juvenile delinquents known as "Drapes" — and rich, good girl Allison Vernon-Williams, who has grown tired of her straight-laced life. Complicating matters are Allison's jealous boyfriend, the squeaky-clean Baldwin Blandish, and his pals "the Squares," and Lenora Frigid, who has a crush on Cry-Baby.
This MHS production stars junior Ainsley Schuth as Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker; senior Olivia Kinne of Pittsfield as Allison Vernon-Williams; sophomore Riagain Wiley as Allison's square boyfriend, Baldwin Blandish; and senior Jayme McGuigan of Pittsfield as Allison’s grandmother, Mrs. Cordelia Vernon-Williams.
The cast includes sophomore Erica Morales-Armstrong as Cry-Baby's fellow Drape friend, Dupree W. Dupree; and, as members of "The Teardrops" singing group and Drapes, sophomore Kate Nguyen as Pepper Walker; senior Michela Laurin of Pittsfield as Wanda Woodward; and senior Alicia Bravo as Mona Malnoroski. Additional Drapes include senior Queen Tran and freshwomen Shannon Foster and Chelsie Li.
Also performing are senior Tiffany Luu as Lenora Frigid, and, as members of the musical group "The Whiffles," junior Rose Battista, sophomore Evelyn Stewart, and sophomore Emily Carmel of Pittsfield. Baldwin's friends, "The Squares," feature sophomore Soleil Laurin of Pittsfield, senior Miriam Myers of Monterey and senior Anna Kim. Additional ensemble members include junior Nikky Abreu, who also appears as the Judge, and senior Mariah Lewis of Williamstown.
The production’s technical crew includes stage managers Ingrid O’Dell, a junior; Faia Kronick, a junior from Pittsfield; Mariah Lewis, who is also assisting with the show's music, and sophomore Betty Xiao, who is assisting with costumes. The show is directed and choreographed by Jennifer Jordan, director of Theater and Dance at Miss Hall’s School.
"Cry-Baby" features music and lyrics by David Javerbaum and Adam Schlesinger, with a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan. The musical, based on the 1990 John Waters film of the same name, premiered in November 2007 and opened on Broadway in April 2008, receiving four Tony Award nominations.
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