The Pacific University Department of Theater and Dance’s next production is an unprecedented hour-long musical.
“March of the Falsettos,” which has only one act and no unsung dialogue, is about a father whose same-sex significant other moves in with his family after he divorces from his wife. According to the play’s director Aaron Levin, the Theater Department rarely does musicals.
“That scariness of knowing you have to sing for an hour kind of freaks everyone out,” Levin said. “But it is so much fun and so rewarding.”
Levin said he is not worried about the rarity of musicals affecting the play’s quality.
“We’re really lucky to have such a talented cast of students,” Levin said of the five student actors who will perform. “It’s going great.”
The performance also benefits from a new grand piano donated to the Theater and Dance Department by Michael Allen Harrison’s Snowman Foundation. Alumnus Hannah Early will return to Pacific to play the newly donated piano for the show.
“We’re really excited to have that supporting our production,” Levin said. “Because the entire show is sung, our pianist is really the glue that holds it together.”
“March of the Falsettos” runs March 15, 16 and 17, at 7:30 p.m., and March 18 at 2:00 p.m., in the Tom Miles Theatre in Warner Hall. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 for students upon presentation of Boxer ID at the door or online.