“A Little Night Music” a story of love and silliness

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Brynna Tebbe, Staff Writer

Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department is presenting “A Little Night Music” on March 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts.

 The musical by Stephen Sondheim is based on “Smiles of a Summer Night,” a film by Ingmar Bergman. Hugh Wheeler created the original book and script used for “A Little Night Music.” The story of the performance is based on love.

There are two pairs of lovers, (Anne Egerman and Henrik Egerman: Fredrik Egerman and Desiree Armfeldt), who end up falling for other people. The pairs separate and get romantically involved with different characters.

Maura Malloy, director and choreographer of the show, said the play was selected for its style, and that it allows for a showcase of vocals. “I liken it to a Shakespeare play. I find it very Shakespearean and Chekhovian at the same time. There are lots of layers to it,” she said. “Vocally it’s a stunning show.”

 The show’s complex story line made auditions difficult. The actors and actresses had to have chemistry with one another. They also had to have vocal skills.

According to sophomore theater major Nicholas Grevera, those two components are the most important for the success of the show.

“The acting in the show is driven with the songs,” he said. “[The show] is very emotional and action fed. You have to make those words count, while hitting the notes.”

Producer and actress, Dr. Paulette Merchel said the show is complex. “There’s meat to the concept. There’s meat to the script, and that’s what Sondheim’s all about.”