“Singin’ In the Rain Jr.” by Teens Musical Theatre

April 29, 2017 at 7:00pm
April 30, 2017 at 2:00PM
Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College
Tickets on sale March 6, 2017

As the days of silent movies end with the premier of The Jazz Singer, Hollywood is frantic and studios are forced to change their movie-making rules to accommodate sound. In doing so, they leave silent pictures, and some of their stars, behind. When Monumental Studios turns silent The Dueling Cavalier into The Dancing Cavalier, a musical picture, in order to stay relevant, they are faced with a problem: their star, Lina Lamont can’t sing, and can’t even really talk. Lina’s voice sounds something like nails on a chalkboard. Enter Kathy Selden, an aspiring actress whose dulcet tones are able to cover Lina Lamont’s, calling into question what it means to act, how credit is distributed, and what it means to get a fair shake in the movie business. Singin’ In the Rain is performed by MoCo Arts students 6th – 12th grade, and includes some of the best-loved comedy routines, dance numbers, and love songs ever written, including “Good Mornin’,” “Make ‘em Laugh,” and – of course – the show-stopping dance number, “Singin’ in the Rain.”

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