Take Two: Stallion Theatre Returns to the Stage with GGLAM

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Sydney Wolfe

The theatre department had both mask-wearing during the play and an outdoor performance as a way to hold the production while at the same time remaining safe.

Sydney Wolfe, Staff Writer

The Stallion Theatre Company is back in action with musical comedy A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder after facing multiple setbacks at the beginning of the year.  

Earlier this year, SJHHS’s theater department ran into trouble while preparing for their annual winter musical, ultimately deciding to put the show on hold until further notice. After issues with technology, erratic weather conditions, and in-person gatherings, rehearsals have continued and the show is set to premiere this weekend. 

Towards the end of last school year, the theater company faced their first setback amidst Covid-19 struggles when Titanic was cancelled, creating uncertainty for the future of their shows. The department truly dedicates so much time and effort into everything they do, from preparations like tech week to the actual productions, so it was evidently frustrating for them to experience this continuous loop regarding the cancellation of their shows..  

“It has definitely been a challenge, especially with the unpredictable weather and technology, but I think the fact that the entire company shares this love for making art is what relieves the difficulty. I think everyone is just grateful for the opportunity to create any form of art during these times, because we have been so deprived of it recently,” said junior Bailey Smolinski.  

It has definitely been a challenge, especially with the unpredictable weather and technology, but I think the fact that the entire company shares this love for making art is what relieves the difficulty. I think everyone is just grateful for the opportunity to create any form of art during these times”

— Smolinski

Despite the seemingly endless amount of struggles, the company’s take on A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder will set history on campus as the production will mark many firsts for the theatre company. 

For the first time ever, a show is taking place outdoors in the provisional amphitheater, which is outside of the main theater. Additionally, despite the nonstop singing and movement around the stage, the whole cast will wear masks as they perform.

With an intriguing plot and action-packed scenes, the production is one of a kind.

Set in 20th century London, the two and a half hour show focuses on Monty Navarro, a clerk who discovers that he is ninth in line of succession to inherit the earldom of the wealthy and infamous D’Ysquith family after losing his mother. With lots of murders and a tangled love triangle, the story narrates Monty and his not-so-coincidental advancement up the line. This season, the musical will be available to viewers via on-demand streaming! Streaming will be accessible April 3rd through April 6th, and once you rent it, it will be available for 48 hours. Get your tickets now and view other purchase details at the SJHHS Theatre Arts website.