Something Rotten!

The cast of Something Rotten! hard at work rehearsing for this year's spring musical.

by Gabe Guido ’23

Prepare to sit back, relax, and enjoy the Harlequins’ new musical this spring, Something Rotten!, a comedy set in the year 1600 during the height of the Renaissance. It is about two brothers, Nick and Nigel Bottom, and their journey in creating the first musical to rival the current theatrical power of the time — none other than William Shakespeare himself. These siblings go through myriad encounters to get their show on the road: from a crazy oracle, to prideful Puritans, to eggs.  There is something for everybody in this musical even if you’re not normally into the Renaissance setting.

Seeing the musical is not only fun in and of itself but also supports some of your fellow students. As a Harlequin myself, I am always proud to see my Ignatian brothers in the crowd, and it means so much to the cast and crew to see people out there in the audience enjoying the show into which we have put so much effort. Additionally, the Breen Center is an incredibly state-of-the-art facility and, along with the excellent direction and acting, has cemented the Saint Ignatius High School theater program as one of the best in the Cleveland area. By seeing the play, you support not only the cast on stage but all of the crew who worked to create the set, sound, props, costumes, and lighting as well as the pit musicians who have tirelessly practiced to accompany the cast with live music.

Be sure to purchase tickets online for either March 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st, or April 1st. As a Saint Ignatius student, tickets are merely five dollars, a bargain price for such a high quality production that you won’t get anywhere else. Whether it be just you, or with a friend, mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, or sibling, this musical is for everyone!

Members of the crew working behind the scenes to build the set for Something Rotten!.