Singing up a music storm
Packing five different shows into one is a challenge, but the Upper Hutt Musical Theatre group is ready to tackle it.
The group will be putting on the Musical of Musicals - The Musical, a parody of musical theatre - but you don’t have to know a lot about the theatre to understand it, director Jacqui Wilson said.
‘‘This production grabbed my attention early last year. I loved the idea of a parody of musical theatre - it appeals to my sense of humour.’’
The musical is broken into five parts, each parodying the style of famous music theatre directors. Each section will also be directed by a different person from UHMT.
‘‘It’s basically one story told five different ways,’’ Wilson said. ’’The story is the same but the music is completely different.’’
Rehearsals are picking up for the Upper Hutt Musical Theatre (UHMT). The show itself will be performed later this year.
Wilson, along with UHMT president Jenny Quin, was excited to get under way with the show.
‘‘[The actors] are so so talented,’’ Wilson said.
The story itself follows a simple premise: A young woman, June, can’t pay her rent and must deal with the ‘‘evil landlord’’.
‘‘Some of the parts are quite musically difficult,’’ Quin said.
The first section would be directed by Quin and would be done in a Rodgers and Hammerstein style - the same style as The Sound of Music.
Other sections would parody styles such as Andrew Lloyd Webber (Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar) and Kander and Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret).
The endings change from section to section, too, reflecting the narrative style of each composer.
The props and costumes as well as a lot of the behind-thescenes work is done with the help of their friends and charitable community groups, such as the Upper Hutt Cossie Club and Trust House.
‘‘We couldn’t get by without them and all of the volunteers,’’ Wilson said, ‘‘They are just so special.’’