The show must go on
In this month, where we are getting ready to head to our NJ Junior Thespian Festival, the NJ Junior Thespian State Board reflects on our theme "The Show Must Go On" by remembering stage mishaps and catastrophes where perseverance was required.
I REMEMBER WHEN...
"During our production of “Mary Poppins” my actress playing Mary Poppins did her trademark up “practically perfect” climb up the stairs after making a witty remark to Mr. Banks. As she climbed down the escape stairs she tripped over her apron and fell down the entire staircase. Not only did was the thud heard but so was her vocal reaction (via microphone). The actor playing Mr. Banks did all he could do not laugh but a chuckle did come out. "
-Mark Accardi, IE Coordinator, Montgomery Upper Middle School
"My actor playing the Beast in “Beauty and the Beast” was changing from Beast into Prince for the final transformation. He made the change with perfect timing, and came out ALMOST fully transformed- except that he forgot to take the Beast feet off. Everyone on stage completely ignored it, and he slipped them off when a group of kids made a crossover. Stay calm, and the show will go on!"
-Joan Schubin, Workshop Organizer, Timberlane Middle School
"One time at a performance of Bye Bye Birdie, a student playing the role of Mae Peterson accidentally knocked her wig off during her solo. She continued on, completed the song, and said, “Albert, you make me so mad I can’t even keep my wig on!” It was a great moment and one that the cast members still talk about today! She was a real trouper!"
-Lillianne P. Torrente, Sponsorship Coordinator, Ranney School
NJ JUNIOR THESPIAN STATE BOARD