Will South to present ‘Drood: Mystery of The EDWIN DROOD’
“There are 38 to 40 different endings, with the possibilities of different detectives, different murderers and different lovers. Those are the three things that the audience decides,” said director and choreographer Bobby Cooke. “So, each cast member needs to know which lines change.”
The musical is based on the unfinished novel “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” by Charles Dickens, who passed away in the middle of writing it. The show is written by Rupert Holmes.
Cooke is looking forward to seeing the cast exhibit their confidence onstage as they speak and improvise in British accents without scripts.
Ally Gray, who is starring as Alice Nutting/ Edwin Drood, said “Drood” is a show within a show.
“It’s about a group of people who are performing a show for the first time.”
The junior noted that Edwin Drood is portrayed as arrogant by Alice Nutting, who is known as a top male impersonator in the show.
“I really like how I’ve been able to challenge myself and experience a different kind of part that I’ve never played before,” Gray said in regards to playing a male character.
She describes the show as being high energy and one that may not be as familiar as others.
Nikki Sember, who is also a junior, is playing Angela Prysock/Princess Puffer. She says Princess Puffer is involved with the “bad side” of town and in charge of an opium den.
“It was a very big challenge because she has been through unspeakable things in her life.”
Sember noted that her character begins to investigate John Jasper after he displays unordinary behaviors.
As the student dance director, her favorite number is “Don’t Quit While You’re Ahead” because it’s high energy and features a kick line.
Cassandra Girzone will be starring as Deirdre Peregrine/ Rosa Bud, who is one of John Jasper’s voice students and engaged to Edwin Drood. The junior describes Rosa Bud as pure and innocent.
Girzone enjoys the different ways that she can play her character because there’s many emotions that she, as the actress, can portray as the story was never finished.
“You don’t really know if she actually did love Jasper back or if she was terrified of him. So, there are many different ways that you can play with her emotions, and I thought that was really interesting and fun,” she said.
Senior Nick Rutland will be playing Clive Paget/John Jasper. He describes John Jasper as a two-faced character who occupies the slot of a villain.
“He [Jasper] finds himself in the the twilight of his life in this crumbling old city in the middle of nowhere and the love of his life is about to be wed to his nephew,” Rutland said.
Rutland added that this is an awful situation for his character and causes him to mentally come apart.
He says Jasper is frustrated with the life he’s been dealt as he’s a brilliant man who hasn’t tapped into his potential.
While “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” is a tragedy, Rutland noted that the show as a whole is hilarious.
“It’s very comedic. I just love the fact that it pulls it off as well as it does,” he said.
“Drood: The Mystery of Edwin Drood” will take the stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, and Friday, Feb. 5, and at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Williamsville South High School, 5950 Main St.
For reserved seating, tickets cost $12 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. For general seating, tickets cost $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and students.
To purchase tickets, visit wshsdc.booktix.com. They will also be available at the door on the show dates.