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Gothic musical comedy rehearsals stir adrenaline - The Torch
Gothic musical comedy rehearsals stir adrenaline

Gothic musical comedy rehearsals stir adrenaline


Marissa Brundige

Sisters Constance and Sinestra have just lost their mother and live with their mad taxidermist father in a ruined house perched on the edge of a cliff that they never leave. Their lives take a dramatic turn when they meet their next-door neighbor Hereford, and they face complicated lessons of love and loss.

Rehearsals have been moving swiftly for the cast of the gothic musical comedy, “Constance and Sinestra and the Cabinet of Screams.”

The show premieres in just two weeks, with performances from Friday, Nov. 14 to Sunday, Nov. 23 at the Blue Door Theater. Ever since they sang their own short accompanied piece at auditions, the cast of eight has been busy memorizing lines and lyrics every Monday-Thursday.

Actor and LCC theater student Reese Madden explained that cast members are rehearsing at a rushed pace because they were given less time than usual to prepare for the show. “It’s a little bit challenging, but we’re all excited,” Madden said. He is a huge fan of the musical’s director, Michael P. Watkins, and he mentioned that everybody seems to be getting along really well.

“I play Mr. Van Der Scab,” Madden said. “I am a middle-aged blind man who is led around by his wife and we are bakers,” he said, “and we also collect children’s eyeballs.”

Aaron Smart, who plays Hereford, applauded the cast for their commitment to the project. He commented that they all seem to be really experienced actors.

“My character’s name is Hereford, and he is an impoverished boy who’s scrawny, and I think in the script it describes him as like, the cattiest and most adorable creature,” Smart said. He also noted that the given time for rehearsal was exceptionally short for a musical, but he remains optimistic because of everyone’s commitment.

The newest addition to the cast, Selina Gregory, plays Mean Girl. She described the play as dark, yet playful. She compared the ambiance and mood of the play to Tim Burton’s “Sweeney Todd.”

She laughed as she noted that there is some happiness involved, however slight, and even a little silver lining of hope. “It was pretty easy to jump into,” Gregory said. “Everyone was really helpful and helps each other keep on track.” She felt she had a smooth transition into rehearsals, despite being a late addition to the cast.

Gregory is excited for the audience to see what happens to her character, Mean Girl, later on in the show. “She’s ten years old and she’s just pretty much your little brat,” Gregory said. “She likes to smash windows and drive everyone up, and she just kind of gets a thrill out of seeing the world burn.”

The show, set in Victorian London, is sure to provide viewers with a delightfully frightful journey into the dramatic lives of the two sisters.