This spring Baldwin High School is proud to present the musical Mame. The musical follows eccentric socialite Mame Dennis whose life of leisure and luxury is interrupted when her brother dies and her young nephew Patrick comes to live with her. Mame must learn how to be a parent and the play traces her attempts with warmth and humor. Director Jason Coll says the relationship between Mame and Patrick is at the heart of the story. He explains, "she saves him and he saves her, too. He grounds her." Mame features a book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, whom many know from Hello, Dolly!
The play spans decades, from the opulence of the 20's through the hardship of Great Depression and beyond. Those changes are depicted most vividly through Mame's apartment. The curtain opens on a lavish apartment with Art Deco influences. After Mame loses everything in the Wall Street Crash of 1929, the extravagance of the apartment is stripped away. Coll explains, "the apartment itself is a character."
The play boasts a cast of over 60 and the production level that audiences have come to expect from BHS musicals. Coll has worked with these students since they were freshman, so they have a strong working relationship that shows on the stage. The production features Morgan Traud as Mame; Alexa Trimbur as Vera; Sarah Doran as Agnes Gooch; Liam Coll as the young Patrick; and Chris Storms as older Patrick. Performances will be held April 10th–13th at 7:00pm.