She said because of the high levels of dance, music and acting skills needed, the production is difficult to execute successfully. But it is one Cramer said she knew would be possible this year.
“We knew about two years ago that we would end up this year with the people that we needed to fill the roles,” she said. “You can kind of project it once you know what your enrollment is and who’s moving up, who can maybe have the real tools to do these roles.”
The project required participation from talent campus-wide, and is a collaboration between the theater department, the School of Dance and School of Music.
“We couldn’t do this show without the School of Dance because the original choreography was Jerome Robbins, one of the most renowned and legendary ballet choreographers in the world. It requires a caliber of ballet that is tough to get sometimes from musical theater majors,” Cramer said, adding that the show’s leading man, Cory Lingner, who plays a sailor named Gabey, happens to be talented on both fronts.
Cramer said the cast consists of 45 performers, with the crew and creative team twice that size. Rehearsal time has been doubled, going from a normal time frame of six weeks, to their current workload of over 12 weeks of preparation.
And all of this work is the perfect way to cap off college for Lingner, who graduates this year.
“This part is a dream come true for me, and I couldn’t see a better way to finish my college experience [than] by doing this show,” he said.
Lingner agrees with the importance of the “seize the day” message behind “On the Town.”
“It’s definitely about [trying] to cram in as much as you can, what you as a person would want to do with the time that you’re given,” Lingner said.