Austin Guerrazzi has put in his time.
As a sophomore, he threw the ball over the plate as Smokey in “Damn Yankees.”
Last year, he was Lumiere, welcoming “Belle” to an enchanted meal in “Beauty and the Beast.”
This year, he’s in command, literally, as Captain Corcoran, the captain of the Pinafore in the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta, “H.M.S. Pinafore,” a show that was once in the regular rotation at high schools, but is rarely done now.
“Pinafore” is not “Seussical.”
“You really have to project in operetta,” he says. “We’re all in chorus, so it’s awesome to do this.”
Guerrazzi says his first song, “My Gallant Crew” — in which he enters, pipe at the ready, and says “My gallant crew, good morning” and the crew replies, “Sir, good morning” — sets his character up perfectly. He says some of his castmates have greeted him in the halls with a “Sir, good morning.”
“I’ve always enjoyed doing the musical, coming here for these two months,” the senior says, of the experience of rehearsing at George Fischer Middle School, where Carmel presents its musicals. “It’s like it’s own thing. School’s totally different when you’re doing a musical.”
Particularly when people salute you.
Carmel: “H.M.S. Pinafore,” 7:30 p.m. March 16, 17; 2 p.m. March 18. $12; $10 students, seniors. At George Fischer Middle School on Fair Street, Carmel. 845-225-8441, ext. 478.
Photo by Peter D. Kramer/The Journal News: Justin Guerrazzi is the captain of the Pinafore.