by Harrison Grigorian '19
Humor and sadness, joy and maleficence, heroes and villains — Titanic depicted a menagerie of emotions and characters. I have never been an actor or been particularly into musicals, but I often try to attend our Close productions. Sometimes, I end up extremely impressed; other times, not. Titanic, though, was a perfect denouement to the seniors’ careers. I enjoyed every minute of it.
Though not an acute observer, I discerned a high level of solos over the course of the show. I’ve often jested about singing a solo in Chorale, though I, of course, would never have the guts to do it. Some actors had minutes of time alone on stage, and not once did they blink under the pressure. Even freshmen stepped up to the plate in a big way, filling crucial parts: the future of our program is bright.
One scene that struck me especially — for those who saw the show — was the scene with Misters Kang, Mazzucchi, and Mott battling over who bore culpability for the incident. Their emotion was real, their notes were crisp, and their movements were sharp. They had clearly rehearsed the scene for hours untold, and it showed in the execution: just one example of countless movements coordinated by the Thespians in rehearsal.
The second half of the show, after the crash, had me on the edge of my seat: Who will live? Who will die? The show quickly became solemn after the incident, as high-brow humor turned into general panic. The suspense among the audience was palpable, as laughter during the first act evolved into sobriety.
Despite the audience knowing the ultimate fate of the ship, the success of the show was in the ending. Immensely impressive were the final two or three numbers, as the ship sank. The actors portrayed the difficult decisions — who should go on a lifeboat, who should stay aboard — in a very real way.
The seniors excellently completed their careers at Trapier Theater, and I have enjoyed seeing them grow onstage. Congrats to the cast and crew of Titanic!