The Harlequin’s Annual Revue is just around the corner and its co-presidents couldn’t be more excited about it.
The Harlequin Annual Revue is a selection of songs from different musical theatre shows put on by the Harlequin Musical Theatre Club.
“At the beginning of the year, upperclassmen can propose to direct shows,” co-president Maxwell Teplansky explained. “Anybody who is a sophomore, junior, or senior has a chance to direct any piece they want. We have an audition process where people from the club come, but everyone gets into the show and can be in up-to four pieces.”
Juniors and seniors can do solos by themselves, while sophomores and freshman can be parts of groups or duets. There are ten senior solos this year, nine group numbers and around 60 people participating in total.
“Technically one [of the group numbers] is a surprise,” co-president Nicole Hastry hints at. “You’ll have to come to the show to see it.” This year marks the 15th Annual Revue which is hinted at behind their reasoning for the surprise to celebrate.
The show takes place on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Church Street Center in the auditorium. There are 26 numbers total in the show and it should run for about two hours. Admission is completely free, however donations are encouraged and will go towards kids involved in theater, particularly, Barrington Stage Company: KidsAct!
“Every year is a reflection of who is in the club. So every year it’s kind of different based on the songs we choose, what people are interested in and what musicals are popular right now,” said Teplansky when talking about how this year is different from other years. “We have a lot of cheese pieces this year.”
Hastry explained that their ‘cheesy’ pieces range from High School Musical numbers including “Stick to the Status Quo,” to “Big Fun” from Heathers: The Musical. Other ‘cheesy’ pieces include: “New Girl in Town” from Hairspray, “Officer Krupke” from West Side Story and “One Normal Night” from the Addams Family. All the piece are high energy and should be a lot of fun according to both co-presidents.
The whole show is put together all in seven-to-eight weeks from auditions during the second or third week of school. The show is actually a couple more weeks than they usually have which is a relief to both presidents. Normally, the show is put on during the last week of October.
“There’s going to be men in heels, you don’t want to miss it,” said Hastry.
Students looking to get involved can either message Ariella Lafontant who is the secretary of the club to get added to the email list, message their Facebook page, “Harlequin Musical Theatre Club,” or reach out to Hastry or Teplansky directly.