Elisha Whitney (first-year physics student Brandon Wolfson) sings drunkenly with his stuffed dog. “I really enjoy doing my song,” Wolfson said. “I do the crew song where I’m alone and drunk in my room and I fantasize about rowing on Yale’s rowing team and making sweet love to Mrs. Harcourt.”
Reno Sweeney (first-year biology student Noga Tour) sings “Friendship,” a song about a friendship that quickly turns antagonistic, with Moonface Martin, public enemy No. 13 (first-year English student Jakob Garberg). Second-year theater student Austen Amparo said that his favorite song was “Friendship” because, although he was not in the song, Garberg made him laugh during the number every night in rehearsal.
Mrs. Harcourt (third-year anthropology student Christina Hilliard) faints. “I like that she’s domineering and matriarchal,” Hilliard said about the character. “She knows what she wants and she’s silly.”
Hope Harcourt (third-year communication studies student Maddy Lauritzen) dances with her love interest Billy Crocker (second-year theater student Austen Amparo). Lauritzen said her favorite song was “Delovely.” “It has challenged me and so many plot points come to fruition in that sequence,” she said. “I had never done a dance to that difficulty and length. It challenged me to not start laughing when everyone else is being funny and I have to be serious.”
Reno Sweeney (first-year biology student Noga Tour) dances and sings in Tour’s favorite number, “Blow, Gabriel, Blow” along with her Fallen Angels. “I like it because the whole ensemble is in it and there’s a lot of energy,” Tour said. “It’s a super fun number to dance and sing.”
Erma (third-year ecology behavior and evolution student Shilah McGuinness) sings and dances with the sailors during McGuinness’ favorite song, “Buddie, Beware.” “It’s Erma’s moment to shine and watch all the men fawn over her,” McGuinness said about the number in which Erma rejects marriage. McGuinness felt that usually in musical theater women are the ones falling in love and this song turns that norm around. “It’s cool for the time it was written in,” she said.
Reno Sweeney (first-year biology student Noga Tour) sings “I Get a Kick Out of You” after Billy Crocker (second-year theater student Austen Amparo) expressed his love for Hope Harcourt.
Reno Sweeney (first-year biology student Noga Tour) sings “Bon Voyage” with her Fallen Angels. Director and fourth-year political science and history student Chase Privett said that the show is an escape from reality. “The show doesn’t take itself too seriously,” Privett said. “It’s really supposed to be that the audience comes in and forgets all of their troubles, all of their stress, just to go and have a great time watching a classical musical.”
Mrs. Harcourt (third-year anthropology student Christina Hilliard) introduces her daughter Hope (third-year communication studies student Maddy Lauritzen) and her fiance Lord Evelyn (fourth-year communication studies student Mihir Kumar) to the passengers and crew on the S.S. American.