'Proof'The Scene on Stage: Musical evokes comedy of 1920s posted on 11/01/2018
Colin Murray, Sandy High School (SHS) theater teacher,
received a recommendation for “No, No, Nanette” as a musical that would be good
for a production, as it had a good number of roles for the talented young women
at the school. He took the plunge, and in the early going had a realization
about what the show would demand, due to the amount of dancing involved.
“You forget how much time and effort goes into dancing,”
But with the help of choreographer Sandy Shaner, the
production is on point, offering the story of Jimmy Smith, a publishing
millionaire, his frugal wife and their adopted daughter, Nanette. All three
wind up in Atlantic City, where the threat of scandals put marriages at risk
and comical entanglements ensue.
“It’s very much that kind of musical comedy of the 1920s
feel; there’s a lot of mistaken intentions,” Murray said. “In the end,
everybody ends up with who they should end up with and its happy. If there’s a
message, it’s probably that it’s when people really love each other, love will
win out in the end, even if there’s road bumps along the way.”
Murray added that while much of the younger crowd will not
likely be familiar with the music, veteran theatergoers and music fans will
probably know a few, especially since they were used in variety shows on
television during the 1950s and 60s, including “I Want to Be Happy” and “Tea
He described the songs as “ear worms,” noting the audience
will come out of the theater humming them.
“I think they’re very catchy,” Murray said, adding that it
is “exuberant music” similar to George Gershwin.
He also noted the musical includes a couple of numbers that
include tap dancing, a style of dance that most of his students had no prior
experience with. But he’s looking forward to the performers getting the unique
thrill of tap dancing in front of an audience.
“It’s such a percussive and rhythmic form, it affects
audience in a way that most music and dance doesn’t,” Murray said.
Sandy High School Drama presents “No, No, Nanette,” by
Vincent Youmans, Irving Caesar, Otto Harbach and Frank Mandel, at 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17, at 37400 SE Bell Street in Sandy. Tickets are $5 for
adults and $4 for students and senior citizens. For more information, call
503-668-8011, ext. 7313.
Proof rescheduled at Wolfpack Theater
Wolfpack Theater’s production of David Auburn’s “Proof,”
scheduled for a production run last month, got pushed back into November when a
member of the cast had a mental health crisis following the opening weekend.
The show’s director, Howard Bickle, addressed the topic on
the theater’s Facebook page.
“We pray for healing and are beyond grateful that he is
still with us,” Bickle wrote. “He is a brave, talented, and beautiful
The show, about a troubled young woman in the aftermath of
the death of her brilliant father, will now run from Thursday, Nov. 8 through
Sunday, Dec. 2. The theater will also donate 10 percent of sales from the run
of the show to the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) Multnomah.
Bickle described the play as a “psychological mystery” that
poses the question of what does somebody do when their friends and family don’t
The Wolf Pack Theater presents “Proof” from Thursday, Nov. 8
through Sunday, Dec. 2, at 39570 Pioneer Blvd. in Sandy. Show times are 8 p.m.
Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for general
admission and $15 for students and seniors.
By Garth Guibord/MT