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Catching Up with the Cast

DAN SALEMI

Kendall White

This year’s spring musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” a dramatic and complicated play by any standard, debuted in Spaulding Auditorium on April 27. We caught up with a few of the principal players to ask them about their experiences in the show, including their favorite parts about their characters, their favorite memories and funny moments.


Senior Joan Curran:
Ms. Lovett

Q: How do you feel about Sweeney Todd being your final production at Launga? 

It was a great end to the string of productions that I have done since seventh  grade. My dream since eighth grade was to play Ms. Lovett, so the fact that I was her for my last production was phenomenal.

Q: How has being involved in the theatre program affected your high school experience? Theatre has really taught me to try to be myself in front of as many people. I have met and bonded with some of my closest friends because of theatre, and for that I am grateful.

 

 Junior Jackso HurleyJudge Turpin

Q: What was your favorite part about your character in Sweeney Todd?
My character made me feel a little uncomfortable, because I had to be the worst person I cacould imagine and the worst person I could be. Getting up on stage in front of people is always fun, and I like playing characters who are very different from how I conduct myself.

Q: Any funny moments? During dress rehearsal I was supposed to be dead, and I felt a sneeze coming from a mile away, and then when it came, I just kind of jerked up and sneezed, and it was very humorous

 

 


Junior Camila Lemire: 
Pirelli

Q: What was your favorite memory from the show? My last show with all the seniors was very bittersweet.

Q: Any funny moments? I was backstage with Merrick during the performance; he only had one line in the show, and his cue line was “Johanna,” spoken by Mathew. We were backstage talking and heard Matthew yell “Johanna!” He repeated the word many times, each getting louder and louder. Finally, Merrick realized that he was suppose to be on stage. He looked up at me in terror, aggressively whispered “oh @$#!” and sprinted on stage to try and salvage his one-line debut.

 

 

 


Senior Travis Smillie: 
Sweeney Todd

Q: What was your favorite memory from the show?
In rehearsal before opening night, Matthew forgot his cue line, and it was during this big momentous part of the play, and it left Jackson and me sitting on stage awkwardly ad-libbing lines while we tried to alert Matthew backstage to come on.

Q: How has being involved in the theatre program affected your highscool experience? In 8th grade, I had to play the main role around a bunch of seniors, and it forced me to mature a little and grow up. More recently, the play was just a way to have fun, above anything else.

 

 

Senior Zuley Lewis: Beggar Woman

Q: How do you feel about Sweeney Todd being your final production at Laguna? I’m so lucky, it was such an awesome choice for my last production. It was a really difficult show, but definitely worth it in the end.

Q: How has being involved in the theatre program affected your high school experience? It completely changed it, because a large portion of my high school career has been about theatre. My old high school was an art school, so I was heavily focused on that there, and when I came here I joined the theatre department and did all the shows. It’s a balancing act between academia and the arts.

 

 

 Senior Matthew Goldsholl: Anthony

Q: How has being involved in the theatre program affected your high school experience? I don’t know how to answer that question, because it’s been such an important part of my life, and I can’t even imagine what high school would have been like if I hadn’t done theatre.

Q: What was your favorite part about your character? He’s young and charming. I’m glad I finally got to play someone with those traits.

Q: Any last words? I hope the Laguna Theatre department continues to flourish. You’ve done some good work, and I can’t wait to see what becomes of you.

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