The Cate production of The Musical Comedy Murders of the 1940’s was an amazing production! I loved almost every minute of the play. I believed it to be one of the better plays that Cate students have performed in, not only because of the play itself, but because of the actors and actresses who brought their character to life. The witty cast and the entertaining play made it simply divoon for the audience to watch.
Shyam, who played Sergeant Kelly, played his role really well, for it being his first Cate production. Although a few tiny errors were made between Thursday night and Friday night, he was an overall good addition the cast. He tended to look a bit nervous, and acted more as himself than his character. However, watching some of his scenes were quite entertaining, such as when he was telling Helsa what to tell the group of people in front of her.
Helsa von Grossenknuten, played by Char, was another character who I enjoyed watching up on stage. She seemed in character, but could have put some more energy into her character, especially when her character would get excited about finding the killer. All in all though, she played into her character and immersed herself into the play very well.
The three Crandell Sisters were great! The very combination of the three girls, Haddon, Gracie, and Kate worked incredibly well. They were in sync which served as their benefit for their roles and even acted as sisters constantly throughout the play, even when they had no lines. However, each could have projected a bit more. Even so, they worked well into each of their characters and made the Sister come alive.
Nathan played the role of Patrick ‘ Reilly. He did a pretty great job at his character as well. However, he seemed a bit more stiff than in other productions that he’s done. His overall appearance throughout was great, had but few flaws, and had a good accent, which made his character more realistic.