Merrily satisfactory performance through time

The Department of Theatre is happy to present “Merrily We Roll Along,” based on the original play by American playwrights Geroge S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, with Stephen Sondheim composing its memorable music and written lyrics.

This cult classic tells the story of Broadway composer turned film producer Franklin Shepard, whose quest for fame leads him to abandon his lifelong friendships with playwright and lyricist Charley Kringas and writer Mary Flynn. In just two decades, that abandonment is told in reverse chronological order starting from the pitfalls and ends in the humble, hopeful beginnings that reveal the character’s origins.

The characters all complimented each other with every interaction during the play, with junior Connor Richardson playing Franklin Shepard, senior Brendan Considine playing Charley Kringas, and senior Sarah Krawczyk playing Mary Flynn. This was especially established in the song “Old Friends,” a tune that is hummable long after it is finished.

“I am really grateful to perform this show as the last of my Coastal career surrounded by an incredible cast and team,” Considine said. “I am a lucky guy. Chants Up!” he exclaimed.

Audiences will be left in tears at the overall importance of friendship in the pursuit of success while laughing at jokes scattered throughout the performance to diffuse tense conflicts that make this show a hit.

“I am so grateful for this opportunity to tell this story with an incredible cast and crew,” Richardson said. “It is so much fun to get to sing this music and be in this world while I can. I really could not have asked for a better experience.”

This timeless ensemble of students with the outstanding stage crew makes sure the dancing and fight moves are choreographed, everyone and the orchestra know the music, and that accurate costumes and props make the story come to life. They have pushed through adversity through rehearsals and some malfunctioning equipment on their opening night, all for one memorable night at the theatre.

“Come see the hard work that your peers have put together and the wonderful work of Stephen Sondheim,” Krawczyk said.

Donations are encouraged to support theatre scholarships by filling out a form or contacting Business Manager Karen Williams by either phone 843-349-2772 or by email [email protected].

Attendees can make donations and wish the cast to “break a leg” at their remaining 7:30 p.m. performances on April 21 and 22 and 2 p.m. matinées on April 22 and 23.