It’s only a few weeks until show time! Staten Island Tech’s production of Anything Goes is just around the corner. The show will take place on April 16th and 17th at 7:30pm. Doors will open at 7pm. The spring musical cast is working hard to finish the show. I interviewed senior Joanna Hayes who plays the part of Hope Harcourt. She has been involved in Tech’s performing arts department since freshman year. She is this year’s “Super Senior.” This means she has been involved in every Spring Musical and SING since her first year at Tech. Come see Joanna and the rest of the cast of Spring Musical as they perform a spectacular production of Anything Goes aboard the S.S American! Tickets can be purchased for $10 at
- What part do you play
I ’m playing Hope Harcourt, the wealthy debutante who is about to be married.
- Is the character you play similar to yourself in real life?
The character I play in Anything Goes is somewhat similar to myself in that she’s the quiet sort of goodie-two-shoes that always tries to please everyone, especially her mother. But Hope cries a lot throughout the show..I’d like to think that that’s not something we have in common.
- What is your favorite number in the show?
My favorite number in the show has to be the title number, Anything Goes. I’m not actually in this number, but I’ll surely be watching it from the wings because I had the pleasure of choreographing the tap dancing in it and I love seeing all of the dancers and Isabella bring it to life.
- What is your favorite memory from Spring Musical thus far?
My favorite memory thus far from this year’s spring musical was finding out that I had been accepted into Emerson College’s theatre program while at rehearsal. Having my entire cast and director there to share the news with about something I had worked so hard for and had dreamed of for years was something I wouldn’t have wanted to share with anyone else by my sides.
- What are you most looking forward to?
I’m most looking forward to hell week rehearsals where, the week of the show, I get to stay with my cast at school rehearsing until eight at night. This seems like an odd think to be looking forward to, but it is in those late night rehearsals that the cast really becomes a family. We strengthen ur bonds as friends which helps us to work more in unity to make the show a success.
- What other shows have you participated in and how is this show different?
I’ve participated in both SING and the spring musicals, including Spelling Bee, A Chorus Line, and Thoroughly Modern Millie, since freshman year. This show is different from previous spring musicals in that the characters all set out with one intention at the beginning of the show, but by the end of the show everything changes. For me personally, this show is the first time I’ve been cast as a soprano so I’m really learning to broaden my horizons vocally and sing in ways I’ve never sung before.
- How does this show feel different from SING in particular?
Spring musical is so different from SING. First off, spring musical is much more formal in that we have a director who has had experience and who knows exactly what to do. The cast is much smaller which helps us to grow much closer to one another. Additionally, the script is already written so for the most part we cannot edit it or rewrite things. We also have Broadway productions to work off of, to get ideas from, and to be inspired by.
- What was your favorite show that you performed in?
My favorite show that I’ve ever performed in was A Chorus Line because of the fact that all of the characters are equally as important, and not one stands out as more of a “lead” than the next.
- What is the toughest challenge of being in a theatre performance?
The biggest challenge of being in a theatre performance, in my opinion, is trying to separate yourself from your character while at the same time also trying to become one with the character. This means that you have to find the balance between the character being their own person and the character being you. It’s a lot harder than it sounds.
- How has theater impacted your high school experience?
Theatre has impacted my high school experience more than anything else. Theatre has brought me to my closest friends. Theatre has given me a mentor and a friend that I can confide in in my director. Theatre has taught me endless life lessons with which I could go on and on.
11.What do you want your legacy to be in the theater program?
When I take my final bow on the Tech stage and graduate, I hope that people remember me as the most enthusiastic member of the cast. I love theatre and performing with every fiber of my being and I try to bring that attitude to all of the rehearsals and performances. I want people to be able to feed off of my energy and to be as excited as I am just to be there, working.
- Are you planning on continuing performing arts in the future?
Do I plan on continuing performing arts in the future? Absolutely. In fact, I’m majoring in musical theatre in college. I hope to continue it for the rest of my life.