She can sing. She can dance. She can … take over Wall Street? Infinite Theatre Group, the student theater company for Galt and Liberty Ranch high schools, will open its newest production, “Too Fabulous to Fail,” on March 23, with a comic story about an aspiring Broadway actress who ends up in charge of a high-powered investment firm.
The main character, Carly Jackson, is convinced that she lives in a musical, so she regularly breaks into song and tries to fit the world into the classic musical formula.
“She’s writing the script of her life and writing everybody else’s script, but they don’t necessarily fit in,” theater teacher Sonja Brown said in an interview.
Brown called the play, with its snippets of song, an “almost musical” and compared it to a combination of “Legally Blonde” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Carly has a lot to learn as she becomes more domineering and tries to force things to go her way, but Brown promised a happy ending.
At a recent rehearsal, the students performed the opening scene, in which Carly makes her big entrance to Times Square, surrounded by excitable tourists, a unicycling Spider-Man and selfie-taking Elmos. Carly promises to the world that she’ll “knock your socks off.”
“It’s a really good example of how hectic Times Square is and the whole New York area,” said Allison Smoot, who plays Carly. “And I feel like it’s a really good introduction to my character. She comes out and she’s automatically seen in front of everyone, and (she’s) just thinking she’s the main event.”
Andrea Velasquez is stage-managing a show on her own for the first time after having assisted Smoot with the previous production, “The 39 Steps.” She said the opening scene requires her to make sure all the actors and props are in their places — a useful skill for her aspiration to be a concert tour manager.
Smoot said the play appeals to the whole family, with jokes for children and their parents.
“I feel like it’s a just a good show for anyone,” Smoot said. “There’s a lot of older jokes and newer jokes, and a lot of the songs are like a mixture of both, as well, so I’m pretty sure anyone could watch it and make it fun.”
The cast includes Maurena Emslie as Anna, Eddie Valencia as Sam, Briar Nichols as Todd, Nevaeh Rold as Jessalyn, Joseph St. Claire as Spencer, Lilly Brazeal as Angie, and Xavier Mendez as Marcus. In various roles are Emilee Seiler, Mikey Brixey, Dylan Cowey, Finn Anderson, Kenneth Vu, Westin Havens, Matia Brunson, Liliana Chavez, Erica Ezra Banks, Mia Nelson, Sam Cuneo, Mariah Chamberlain, Rosie Roberts and Justine Coatney.
On crew, Sasha Hoze is assistant stage manager, Olivia Bell is prop master, Giana Galvan and Kenya Cervantes are running lights, Nadia Pineda and Bell Reed are running sound, and Maria Clara is projectionist.
“Too Fabulous to Fail” runs March 23-25, and March 30-April 1 at 7 p.m., at the Galt High School Auditorium, which is located at 145 N. Lincoln Way. Attendees are asked to “pay what you can” for tickets, which are a $10 value. Purchase tickets online at galthigh.ludus.com, or at the door.
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