Promises of sex, love and insurance

A musical comedy singing to the tune of love, sex and scandal takes the stage at West Hall Theater this weekend.

“Promises, Promises,” Forbidden Planet Productions’ upcoming spring performance, features an ambitious insurance executive who permits his superiors to use his apartment for romantic rendezvous in exchange for promotional help.

Freshman director Henry Morillo will be leading a sizeable group of freshmen, including 13 actors and several production team members.

“I think people will be coming out to see the new talent. It’s a very gifted freshman class this year. They’re very excited, very energetic,” Morillo said, “It’s going to be a really fun time. I lucked out having such a great group of people in the cast and in production.”

The show calls for very over-the-top choreography, choreographer Lauren Bagnick said, as an accompaniment to the many musical numbers.

The freshman said joining the production team of such a jam-packed show, especially during her first year, was slightly intimidating.

“Being a main component of the production team is a little scary at first when you’re a freshman. There’s a lot of pressure,” said Bagnick.

The technical and artistic aspects of the show have made it a unique project. The show will feature intensive musical numbers, large set changes and a 6-foot platform depicting a city skyline, Morillo, a former Hatchet reporter, said.

Morillo hoped to include a live orchestra, but he was unable to find a pianist in time for the show’s debut. Morillo described the play’s score as very dense, something that, along with time and scheduling, made it difficult for musicians to learn before the opening.

“I’m fairly sure this is the biggest musical a freshman has directed, and it might be the biggest musical GW has put on,” Morillo said.

The curtains will first open for “Promises, Promises” at the West Hall Theater April 21 at 8 p.m.

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