By: Brock Harrison
Marshwood’s The Pajama Game is wrapped up– and here's everything you need to know. The Pajama Game is a musical that was performed at Marshwood High school this spring. The show ran from March 25th to April 1st. The play brought the 1950’s to South Berwick, telling the story of an extremely efficient pajama business.
The story of The Pajama Game is one of love, frustration, and triumph. The story takes place in the midwest, disclosing the lives of factory workers, more specifically, those in the pajama making business. When a new manager from the city gets hired, Sid Sirokin (played by Ethan Martin), all of the female workers seem to fall for him. Despite Sid having all of the women at his fingertips, he is most intrigued by the one that refuses to admit that she is interested in him. Babe Williams (played by Ava Magoon), a hard factory worker and leader of the grievance committee, shows no interest in Sid at first, despite his attempts. As their love blossoms, Sid is faced with the dilemma of Babe’s committee demanding a 7 & ½ cent raise. Despite his efforts, Sid is faced with the choice of his girl or his job.
The production starred familiar faces from the previous few years’ shows, such as Ava Magoon, Ethan Martin, and Trevor Stanley. Additionally, new faces include Jamin Colbath and Jason Glidden. Ms. Tanya West, a performing arts veteran and long time chorus teacher at Marshwood High, continues to hold the reigns of the spring musical, serving as the director and producer of the piece. West has done numerous successful musicals at MHS, proving herself to be an essential part of the arts here at Marshwood High.
To the uneducated eye, a high school musical does not seem to be a HUGE endeavor, but most people are surprised when they find out how many people are involved with the production. Between dozens of sponsors, countless helpful parents, the cast, crew, director, and even the stagecraft class, it's truly a team effort to make the magic happen. Senior Ben Beers, a student in Ms. West’s stagecraft class, played a big part in making the set. “It was surprisingly difficult to build the set for this show. I never realized that it was truly this complex.” Beers combined his artistic and carpentry skills to help build set furniture, as well as painting numerous posters and signs.
The graduation of last year’s seniors was a large loss for the theater program and many underclassmen have had to step up in positions that they wouldn’t have considered last year. There was also the addition of some students that have never even been a part of theatre before– such as Jamin Colbath who decided to audition for a supporting role, and has always been around people in theatre. Jamin earned the role of Max, one of the more important Sleep Tite factory assistants. Colbath has definitely proved himself to be talented in the arts, despite his own doubts. “When I joined crew last year, I didn’t see myself performing on stage, but here we are” said Colbath. Jamin’s family and friends were certainly a positive influence upon him, encouraging him to try new things and step out of his comfort zone.
This production was definitely a different style show than Marshwood’s musicals of the past, but it certainly did not disappoint. The next generation of performers are extremely promising, keeping fans intrigued and excited for what’s to come.