Review: Boerne Community Theatre's Perfectly Delightful "Singin in the Rain Jr."
Last week, we talked about five different performing arts events in Boerne you can enjoy in the month of April. One of those was “Singin’ in the Rain Jr.”, which is being performed by the Boerne Community Theatre Teen Troupe April 13th-22nd. Y’all…I LOVE “SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN”. So, naturally, I bought tickets!
We arrived about ten minutes before the start of the Sunday matinee show and there was still plenty of parking available. You’re not given any physical tickets when you purchase, so we checked in at the front desk and went straight to our seats (bypassing the snack bar because we had just stuffed ourselves on Whataburger, naturally). Our seats were about halfway back in the theatre and were at the very end of the row which was super convenient for the kiddo's bathroom trips (you know it's going to happen). The theatre is small, but there’s plenty of room between the rows and there’s literally not a bad seat in the house because the stage is right there.
The place was packed, even for a matinee showing. There were adults, young and old, and a few kids in attendance as well. The show kicked off with a nice welcome from the director of the Teen Troupe and then we were on our way back to the 1920’s, in the time that silent films began to transition to “talkies”, or movies with sound. If you’ve never seen the 1952 film with Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, then you need to know: it’s a romantic comedy and (in case the title didn’t give it away), a musical. And these teenage actors, these kids from right here in our very own community, were amazing!
Their costumes were accurate and real; not cheap in appearance at all, which I think made all the difference in lending credibility to the show. They sang. They danced. And they delivered punchlines with timing so sharp that it was made even funnier because you’re sitting there in disbelief that kids can do that!
Jackson Eades, a junior at Champion High School, portrays the character of Don Lockwood with all the smooth-talking crooner charisma that you would expect for the era. The chemistry between leading characters Don and Kathy Selden (played by Champion High School sophomore Izzy Costello), is something quite unexpected for a teen troupe performance, sparkly doe-eyed glances and all. They are sweet and completely believable. John Hodge, a senior at Boerne High School, who plays Don’s long-time friend and vaudeville partner Cosmo Brown, is witty with pin-point comedic delivery. The three are quick to become friends, which is made apparent in the iconic “Good Morning” scene when they realize they’ve “talked the whole night through”. They are a terrific trio.
But can we talk for just a minute about Maddie Glanton, the Champion High School senior who plays Lina Lamont? Not to give too much of a spoiler here, but Lina Lamont was unfortunately not blessed with a voice that was made for movies with sound. And Maddie Glanton portrays her character with a precision that is both completely unexpected and absolutely endearing. Her shrillness is there. Her naivete (to put it nicely) is there. Her desperation, vindictiveness, and, yes, her vulnerability are there. And it's all wrapped up into one little package that is delivered so perfectly it will have you in stitches.
Of course, there are over two dozen other exceptionally talented individuals involved with "Singin' in the Rain Jr.": costume designers, musical directors, choreographers, and all the brilliant kids who played every other, equally important role in the production...as is the case with every show, right? And while I'm hearing through the grapevine that this one is already sold out, you can always catch "The Complete History of America" in May or "The Hallelujah Girls" later this summer!
Have you been to a show at the Boerne Community Theatre? Have you or your kids ever actually participated in a production? Tell us about it!
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