The premier of "42nd Street" by the Patriot Players went without a hitch Thursday night at Heritage High School. The play takes place in the 1930s and is ironically centered on the production of a play titled Pretty Lady.
The Patriot’s drama department did it again as they captured the classic charm of the era through their use of intriguing and realistic costumes and set designs. "42nd Street" oozes with the vibrant culture of the early middle 1900s. Director Michelle Thorne was excited and happy with the premiere of "42nd Street." "Heritage has never produced a play with dance numbers of this magnitude," she said.
"And let me tell you, the dancing does not fall short from anything less than magically alluring. The audience couldn’t help but to be captivated with the jazz and tap mix style dance, especially alongside the charismatic tunes and melodies" said Senior Morgan Weaver.
Senior Sophia Decker delivers a fantastic performance as Dorothy Brock, a has-been star who could use a strong dose of humility. Her entrancing lyrical styles and acting abilities illustrate what talents earned her recent title as GHSA’s Best Actress for the Region 8-AAAA one-act competition in "Blithe Spirit" as well as state champion at GHSA’s Literary Competition- AAAA in Girls’ Solo.
Sophomore David Miller also gives a believable performance as Julian Marsh, the director of Pretty Lady. In his impeccable portrayal of the character of Marsh, Miller was a crowd favorite as a demanding and sarcastic director in this play within a play. His vocal talents are a great asset to the cast.
"For an opening night the performance was amazing. However there is always room for improvement, but with a cast as developed as this perfection isn’t far," Miller said.
Senior Jenna Huckaby provides an energetic performance as Peggy Sawyer who starts "out as a youngster but comes back a star." Junior Robert Ricks (Andy Lee), adds his own personal punch and comical appeal to hook the audience’s attention.
The Patriot Players' practice and talent have paid off in this entertaining performance.
Performance dates are April 16, 17, 22, 23, and 24 at 7:30 p.m. and April 18 and 25 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students/seniors and $10 for adults. Call the box office at (770) 761-9073.