SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio — The previous 12 months have been tough on reside theater, however Mercury Theatre Company’s Junior Firm didn’t let the pandemic cease them from attending to work just about, and profitable a slew of awards throughout a current nationwide competitors.
The Mercury Juniors, below the route of founder Pierre-Jacques Brault and Aubrey Fink, received seven awards on the 2021 Musical Theatre Competitions of America. The competitors was held just about, with teams competing on-line from all through the US. The Junior Firm is made up of scholars grades 6-12 from 19 space colleges and two states.
Senior Emma Grace (EG) Canzano, of Brecksville-Broadview Heights Excessive Faculty, was awarded first place in Senior Vocal Efficiency for her rendition of “I’d Relatively Be Me” from “Imply Women: The Musical,” and senior Ethan Peterson, of Chardon Excessive Faculty, winner of the Shining Star CLE 2020 singing contest, took second place in Senior Vocal Efficiency. For his work, Peterson was additionally chosen to carry out in a masterclass with Broadway veteran Christopher J. Hanke.
Peterson and Canzano had been joined by senior James Newton, of Garfield Heights Excessive Faculty, a fourth-place winner within the Senior Vocal Efficiency class.
The Mercury Junior Firm received third place in Superior Ensemble Manufacturing for its interpretation of Stephen Sondheim’s “Merrily We Roll Alongside,” in addition to profitable third place in Superior Musical Revue for its revue, “What If: The Music and Lyrics of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey.”
Moreover, freshman Stanley Niekamp, of Firestone Excessive Faculty, was awarded fourth place in Freshman Vocal Efficiency, and Canzano took house an extra prize, third place in Senior Monologue Efficiency.
“We videotaped them right here in Cleveland (at Notre Dame School’s auditorium in South Euclid),” Brault mentioned of the competition course of, “despatched (video) to be adjudicated, after which the weekend we usually would have been in (Los Angeles, the place the competitors was based mostly), we met right here on the theater, the scholars and I, and watched the entire weekend just about — with reside adjudication and reside suggestions. After which the fruits of the weekend is the awards ceremony, and we received seven awards.”
Even though Mercury was handing over for judging video, Brault mentioned he didn’t cease the productions to make corrections. “We didn’t cease,” he mentioned. “It’s not been simple. We’ve been working with video the final 12 months. As somebody who has labored for years on reside occasions, (video) is a unique medium as a result of the sound is completely different, the way you mild is completely different, the way you movie it, since you, much more so, need to be the viewers eye.”
A 12 months in the past, Mercury took half within the digital Junior Theatre Pageant, and received first place for choreography for its manufacturing of “Excessive Faculty Musical.”
Now in its fifth 12 months, Mercury Junior Firm is a pre-collegiate coaching program created to arrange college students for a profession within the performing arts.
The whole roster Mercury Junior Firm roster additionally contains: Frankie Ashkettle (eighth grade, Chagrin Falls Center Faculty); Jabari Babb (seventh grade, Twinsburg Center Faculty); Elizabeth Brey (Junior, Notre Dame Cathedral Latin Excessive Faculty in Chardon); Arianna DiMenna (Junior, Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills); Lauren DiMenna (Freshman, Gilmour Academy); Kate Doyle (Junior, Norwalk Excessive Faculty); Gabe Feinberg (Freshman, Orange Excessive Faculty); and Addie Garst (Freshman, Stow-Monroe Falls Excessive Faculty).
Additionally, Sloane Harris (Freshman, Beachwood Excessive Faculty); Kallista Hayes (Junior, Notre Dame Cathedral Latin); Nya Ku (Junior, Kenston Excessive Faculty in Chagrin Falls); Maya Marderstein (Freshman, Orange Excessive Faculty); Piper Noda (eighth grade, Kenston Center Faculty); Charley Peck (Senior, Chagrin Falls Excessive Faculty); Elle Richey (eighth grade, Laurel Faculty in Shaker Heights); Emma Robb (Freshman, Aurora Excessive Faculty); Mary Rose Tamburrino (Junior, Notre Dame Cathedral Latin); Jillian Villa (Sophomore, Bedford Excessive Faculty in Michigan); and Emmett Vogel (sixth grade, Gesu Faculty in College Heights).
Mercury competed in opposition to almost 100 teams and about 2,000 college students from across the nation.
Issues received’t stay digital for very lengthy for the Mercury Junior group. Brault mentioned that at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Might 14 and a couple of p.m. Sunday, Might 16, the group will carry out “Merrily We Roll Alongside” reside at Notre Dame’s Regina Auditorium, 4545 School Street. Tickets might be bought on the Mercury Theatre website.
Extra upcoming reside theater
Brault, who’s director of theater at Notre Dame School, along with being Mercury’s inventive director, mentioned that the NDC Theater Division will carry out the play “Alice in Neverland” at 10 a.m. and seven:30 p.m. April 24. The play, by Oklahoman Maggie Radar, was the winner of the school’s Second New Play Pageant, through which greater than 400 performs had been entered from around the globe.
“It’s a mashup of two tales that we love,” Brault mentioned. “On this, Alice is a detective and Peter Pan has been ‘napped. She’s a playwright who actually writes for ladies, and that’s highlighted within the Alice story, even for younger audiences. Technically, this shall be our first reside manufacturing again.”
For ticket data, go to notredamecollege.edu, and search “performing arts.”
In following CDC pointers, attendees should put on masks. Attendance within the 1,200-seat theater shall be restricted to 250 spaced seats.
As for Mercury Theater’s reside summer time productions, Brault mentioned reside performs are being deliberate for the Notre Dame Auditorium stage this summer time. He mentioned that extra particulars shall be made recognized in a few weeks.