Directors' Cut: 'The Boy Friend'

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Directors' Cut: 'The Boy Friend'


Directors Alicia Hendrix and Philip Sandager take you inside the Wheaton College production of "The Boy Friend."

With a great cast, creative choreographers and innovative production crew, directing "The Boy Friend," especially as first-time directors, has been a great joy.

Jukebox Theater is a wonderful venue for Wheaton College students to utilize their passions for musical theater and acting. The organization is completely student-run, so working with a small budget, balancing studies with rehearsals, and organizing the set and costumes is always challenging.

However, that also provides for a greater opportunity for student initiative and creativity.

One of the great things about Jukebox is that it brings together students from all across campus. Just in "The Boy Friend," for example, our cast represents majors in music, math, business, chemistry, engineering, anthropology, nursing, Christian education, psychology, philosophy, education, Bible/theology, and English.

Imagine all those talents fused together in one show what could be better?

The musicals of the 1920s had weak and predictable plots that mainly served to connect songs but what songs they were! Wearing ridiculous clothes, dancing the popular Charleston, and producing some of the best and most timeless tunes that would be sung and loved for ages, the 1920s was an enthusiastic, ebullient and unforgettable era. …

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