Singin’ in the Rain is a Smash!

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    On May 10-12, the WPS Fine Arts Department put on an outstanding performance of Arthur Freed’s 1929 hit Singin’ in the Rain. The made-for-stage musical was turned into a box office bo-fo (to quote Dora Bailey) in 1952 starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds. Broadway and Hollywood ain’t got nothing on the stars at WPS (I know bad grammar but “don’t have anything” just doesn’t flow so forgive me this one gaffe). The journey started back in December of 2019 and finally culminated in a wonderful show. Toby Bassette, starring as Don Lockwood, stole the show and made his final performance on the WPS stage simply his best! Gitana McClelland made her debut in musical theater as Lina Lockwook the annoying antagonist. We brought back 2018 graduate, Laura Neff, for the role of Kathy Seldon. To round out the leading roles, was freshman Devin Houghton, a new “Broadway hoofer,” as Don Lockwood’s Vaudeville pal Cosmo Brown. The supporting cast was equally impressive (see the list below). The show was under the thoughtful and experienced guide of Mrs. Dianna Sprirk who ensured every detail was at its best. Mr. Jared Garthoff and Mrs. Stacy Brasch rounded out the directing team as tech and stage managers. A special shout out to Mr. and Mrs. Mayo and their classes for set design and goodies for after the performances. Another thank-you to Mr. Bonneau and his class for the program and to Mr. Austin Bales for the backdrop designs. It truly took a village to pull this off. It was nearly 18 months in the making, but it was well worth the wait.

    Cast of Singin’ in the Rain  

    Dora Bailey-Savannah Brasch 

    Don Lockwood- Toby Bassette, Future UNL Theater Major

    Lina Lamont- Gitana McClelland

    Cosmo Brown- Devin Houghton

    Roz- Tylie Chilson

    R.F. Simpson-Zayne Bassette

    Kathy Seldon- Laura Neff

    Policeman- Kye Thomas

    Young Lady-Andrea Mejia

    Dexter- Jared Doxy

    Butler- Ariayla Suniga

    Teacher-Savannah Brasch

    Zelda– Melodine Earth

    1st Assistant- Alan Whitewing

    2nd Assistant- Kye Thomas

    3rd Assistant- Isaiah Vang

    Kathy’s Girls:

    Eva Bear

    Fiona Soap

    Lula Decora

    Savannah Brasch

    Becca Earth

    Avani Wilke

    Tristan Earth

    Crew:

    Joshua Bassette

    Jonathan Earth 

    Mia Regalado 

    Sam LaRose

    Florence Soap