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The Majestic Theatre’s High Fidelity is this weekend. Courtesy photo.




High Fidelity

Where: Derry Opera House, 29 W. Broadway, Derry
When: Friday, July 28, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 29, at 7 p.m.; Sunday, July 30, at 2 p.m.
Contact: majestictheatre.net, 669-7469
Admission: $15




Reminiscing on vinyl
The Majestic takes on High Fidelity

07/27/17
By Kelly Sennott ksennott@hippopress.com



 Vinyl records are cool again, in real life and onstage via the Majestic Theatre’s latest musical, High Fidelity, which takes center stage at the Derry Opera House July 28 through July 30.

The musical, which hit Broadway in 2006, features music by Tom Kitt, lyrics by Amanda Green and a book by David Lindsay-Abaire. It follows record shop owner Rob Gordon, a guy in his 30s who’s obsessed with music and spends lots of free time talking with employees and creating “top five” lists of anything that demonstrates their knowledge of the industry. When his girlfriend Laura leaves him, he decides it’s time to reevaluate his life.
“It was first a book by Nick Hornby, who also wrote About a Boy. It’s a great book. It spoke to me. I was a guy in my mid-30s when it was written,” said Director Mike Wood during a recent rehearsal in the lobby at the Majestic Theatre Studios on Page Street, a new space for the company as of this spring. 
The Majestic’s High Fidelity is the New England community theater premiere, with musical direction by Keith Belanger and choreography by Jen Sassak. Tunes range from pop to rhythm and blues, with each song in the style of a different pop or rock artist (like the Beastie Boys, Bruce Springsteen, Indigo Girls, Aretha Franklin and Billy Joel).
Wood said its songs are catchy — the album hasn’t left his CD player in four months — but because it’s “hard rock singing” it also requires some energy to pull off. 
“There’s so much diversity in music,” said Cady Hickman, who plays Laura. “But I think with how intense some of the songs are and the singing requirements, it takes some getting used to. You’ve got to be high-energy all night.”
Elliot Owens, who plays Rob, wanted to partake because he’s a “huge fan” of Nick Hornby, having read High Fidelity and Juliet, Naked. It’s not your typical romantic comedy. 
“It really is about finding your place in the world,” said Owens, who’s also enjoying the large space, whose dimensions closely mimic the Derry Opera House. “It’s a great space to play in. It’s different from working in something the size of a classroom or conference room. You can really explore, not only your character, but your interactions with others when you’re on a stage. … I think we’ve done a great job of finding a lot of wonderful moments.”
Rehearsals began in early June. Sets are minimal, and costumes are modern garb. Emphasis is on making the play flow. 
“The thing that slows down a lot of musical theater is the 50 million set changes, moving furniture in and out. We try to keep that as minimal as possible,” Wood said. “[Cast] sound terrific. People are stopping by, listening and saying, ‘What’s going on?’ You can feel the excitement. It’s very much a show that deserves an audience, and I hope they get the audience they deserve.”





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