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Halstead to present iconic 'Singin' in the Rain'

Posted 11/8/2018

By Jared JanzenMax Cubbage as Cosmo Brown, Josh Loucks as Don Lockwood and Kaitlyn Thomas as Kathy Selden sing “Broadway Melody” during rehearsal for Halstead High School’s performance of “Singin’ in the Rain.” Showtimes are at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday.Max Cubbage as Cosmo Brown, Josh Loucks as Don Lockwood and Kaitlyn Thomas as Kathy Selden sing “Broadway Melody” during rehearsal for Halstead High School’s performance of “Singin’ in the Rain.” Showtimes are at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday.

HALSTEAD—Halstead High School students will be bringing what’s been called the greatest film musical every made to life this weekend, “Singin’ in the Rain.”

Showtimes are 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday in the Halstead High School auditorium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children.

The musical, set in the late 1920s, follows the story of several Hollywood actors during the time when film was transition from silent films to “talkies.

The cast is led by junior Josh Loucks as the successful actor Don Lockwood and senior Kaitlyn Thomas as actress Kathy Selden.

Another actress, Lina Lamont, is played by senior Christian Weideman. Lamont was a popular actress in silent films, but whose grating voice is not ideal for “talkies.”

“Her voice is the most annoying thing in the world, but in a silent film, no one knew,” director Claire Clifford said.

Sophomore Max Cubbage also has a leading role as Lockwood’s friend and partner, Cosmo Brown.

Loucks said that playing Don Lockwood is a lot different than roles he’s played in the past, like the crazy Senator Phogbound in “Li’l Abner” or the serious Captain Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music.”

“This character is kind of laid-back and really confident about everything, and I really like it,” Loucks said.

Loucks admitted he wasn’t very familiar with “Singin’ in the Rain” prior beginning rehearsals.

“I had heard of it, and so we watched it once we learned that we were going to do it, and I liked it,” he said. “Right off the bat I was like, ‘Ooh, this is going to be a fun one.”

He said the biggest challenge in learning this role was the increased amount of dancing required.

“There are a lot more dances in this one than the other plays I’ve been in, and tapping in itself is a lot more fast-paced than the dances that I’m used to,” Loucks said.

Loucks’s character is only one of three in the show who tap-dance, complete with actual tap shoes. The other two are Cubbage’s and Thomas’s characters, and Thomas agreed that learning to tap dance had been one of the most challenging parts for her, too.

“It’s a pretty natural role to get into,” she said about her character, “Although I would say the tap dancing is something new.”

Thomas said that after she watched the musical to get ready for auditions, she knew she wanted to get the part of Kathy Seldon. This character has allowed her to explore a new side of her acting abilities. 

“The other ones that I’ve been in I’ve played younger people, particularly naïve, kind of stupid people,” she said. “This year I’m someone who’s mature and has her stuff together, and I think it’s different because I’m not looking at the world with innocent eyes; I’m looking at the world with knowing eyes.”

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