Director Kelley Morse and musical director John Catoliato knew what they wanted when they went shopping for Edgemont High School’s musical.
“We were looking for a show that had a large cast, a full orchestra, and dancing,” Morse said. “We kind of wanted to have everything, in a lighthearted comedy. And we thought this would be a good fit.”
“This” is “The Pajama Game,” the show about management-labor relations at a pajama company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The show runs this weekend, at the school on White Oak Lane in Scarsdale.
Sid Sorokin (senior Chase Klein) comes to the Sleep-Tite Pajama Co. as a superintendent and is thrust into a labor battle when the union demands a 7 1/2-cent raise, which his boss won’t abide. Sid soon butts heads with the head of the union’s grievance committee, Babe Williams (junior Elizabeth Han) and, this being a musical, they fall in love.
(Harry Connick Jr. and Kelli O’Hara played Sid and Babe in the recent Broadway revival.)
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Han said Babe is strong and peppy, but not in an off-putting way.
“I think about my mom, because she is definitely peppy and very, very strong,” she said.
Han said she likes singing the song “I’m Not at All in Love” because it’s clear that as she sings it that Babe is in, indeed, love.
Klein said Sid can be summed up in the song “A New Town is a Blue Town,” which demonstrates how Sid has to adjust to a new job, a new town, new people.
Justin Arnold, as time-study man Vernon Hines, keeps Sleep-Tite running like clockwork and opens the show with the title song, accompanied by a stage full of garment workers.
“The great thing about acting is that you can be someone else and do things you would never do in real life,” Arnold said, adding that he can’t wait to get to the song “I’ll Never Be Jealous Again,” in which the ever-jealous Hines does a slow burn as his control is put to the test.
Hines’ love interest is Gladys, played by sophomore Hannah Brock.
“She’s kind of like the office flirt, but I think sometimes she doesn’t mean to be,” Brock said. “I’m more sociable than he is and that causes problems.”
Brock appears in the show’s featured dances: “Steam Heat,” a classic, angular dance in bowler hats; and “Hernando’s Hideaway,” a languid, liquid, sensual number.
“It’s a very familiar tune. When I first heard it, I immediately recognized it,” the sophomore said.
What: “The Pajama Game”
Where: Edgemont High School, 200 White Oak Lane, Scarsdale
When: 7 p.m March 18; 8 p.m. March 19, 20; 2 p.m. March 21
With: Justin Arnold, Danny Bernstein, Isaac Marshall, Andre Sguerra, Hannah Brock, Chase Klein, Georgia Rehbock, Anthony Guy, Jessie Loo, Matthew Seife, Elizabeth Han, Jocelyn Bibi, Alexandra Glade, Kyara Romeu, Terren Klein, Ross Soloff, Isabelle Kuhn, Amberly Wilenski, Robbie Hirsch, Terren Klein, Andre Sguerra, Sunny Kutcher, Samantha Medney, Katie Ninivaggi, Rachel Obstfeld, Minyoung Park, Jocelyn Resnick, Kyara Romeu, Evie Tzelios, Rebecca Angel, Taylor Bouraad, Rebecca Gold, Sabeen Khan, Sneeya Khan, Joanna Lee, Sharon Liaw, YingYu Lin, Rachel Nathan, Diana Navarro, Jessica Soriano, Laura Spellman, Gabi Rice, Avery Klemmer, H. Gemma Stern, Marisa Onorato, Emily Litt, Elizabeth Curtis, Alanna Fausel, Ananya Delzom, Catherine Johannet, Esther Kim, Ivy Darger, Erin Connolly, Gabby Simmons, Becky Chester, Catherine Curtis, Emma Kantor, Elizabeth Brown, Nigel Cummings, Molly Breitbart, Tyler Eves, William Li, Erica Wolencheck, Yuna Gu, Celine Shin, Brendan Ko, Jason Cheskis, Ben Eisenkraft, Ishan Vasa, Laura Marx, Abhi Jaiswal, Evvie Jagoda, Ryan Newfield, Sarah Kaufman, David Newman, Deepthi Krovvidi, Adam Asher, Joseph Frappaolo, Leah Seligman, Ben Chang, Emmy Funk, Katie Goldstein, Yumiko Shime, Sohee Khim, Elizabeth Sanchez