By Logan LaPierre, Douglas High School Student
Two years have passed since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Drama Department performed it’s last live musical: “Imaginary: A New Musical”, which received praise from audiences and critics alike, winning the already-award-ridden-department numerous additional honors at the Cappie Awards, including for Best Musical.
With March approaching quickly, so is MSD Drama’s spring musical… “Something Rotten!”
The Tony Award winning musical comedy, which follows Nick and Nigel Bottom – two brothers and playwrights in 1595 struggling to compete with Shakespeare’s brilliance during the Renaissance – is coming to the stage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as this season’s Cappie Show!
The rehearsals for this extravagant musical began in December 2021, and Melody Herzfeld, the Tony Award winning director and department head, recounts the journey with much pride: “I have rarely given [any critiques] because it’s just been such a natural creative progression.” She acknowledges her deep honor and gratitude for her brilliant student-led cast and crew. When asked about her students, specifically, Herzfeld gleefully responds, “They have been so engaged with the words and the comedy and dance and tap of every number and scene. I am so proud of them.”
The MSD Drama program holds many impressive accolades, including a plethora of Critics’ Choice Awards received at numerous Senior Thespian District Competitions over the last decade. As recently as December of 2021, students from MSD Drama were awarded four Critics’ Choice Awards, as well as many Superior ratings.
Don’t miss your chance to see this “glitter glitz and chorus line-y” musical, where the magic and art of “song and dance” is revived again in MSD Drama’s production of “Something Rotten.”
“Something Rotten” will premiere on March 3rd and March 4th, 2022. Both performances are set to begin promptly at 7 p.m. The musical will be performed in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s auditorium at 5901 Pine Island Rd. Tickets are $8 for students and $13 for adults, and they will be on sale at www.douglashigh.seatyourself.biz, with sales ONLY AVAILABLE ONLINE. Tickets will not be sold in person.