School of the Holy Child, an all-girls Catholic school in Rye, stages musicals and plays without looking beyond its walls for talent. Girls play female and male roles. This year, they’ll perform “Working,” based on interviews by noted Chicago newsman Studs Terkel and set to music by various artists, from Stephen Schwartz to James Taylor.
Director Sabrina Schumann told me the girls are working on developing their characters, from a teacher, a waitress and a housewife to a mason, construction worker and a trucker.
“The girls do a good job of really understanding their characters and bringing their research to the fore,” Schumann said.
For some, like senior Gus Pendergast, “Working” means playing several roles.
Pendergast, an 18-year-old from Greenwich, plays Charlie Blossom, who was working at a newspaper, housewife Kate, and Utkarsch, an eldercare worker.
Terkel mined the real-life interviews for everything they’re worth.
Watching Pendergast sing “Just a Housewife,” which follows the line “What I do only matters to three people,” there’s a lot of truth to behold.
<em>”All I am is just a housewife,” she sings. “Nothing special, nothing great.”</em>
It’s a small moment that builds into a lovely trio.
Something special. Something great.
Photos by Joe Larese of The Journal News.
Here’s the Running Lines video I shot at Holy Child. Enjoy.