Baby: The Musical debuts to sold-out crowd

By Chris Cody
Staff writer

On Friday, the University of West Florida’s Department of Theatre  opened “Baby: The Musical” at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts where tickets were sold out for the first showing.

“Baby” is a comedy that explores the lives of three different couples, each expecting a new child, and how each couple reacts to news of having a baby come into this world. “Baby” was written by Sybille Pearson and made its debut on Broadway in 1983. It was nominated for several Tony awards throughout the years.

“Baby” was directed by Sara Schoch and the music was directed by Tom Baroco.

“Audiences can expect to see excellent musical storytelling by an incredible cast of student actors, on a unique set with an incredible crew,” Schoch said.

Lizzie and Danny, played by Arin Walker and Garrett Summit, is the first couple introduced to the audience. Danny and Lizzie are two college students who just moved in together and now have to adjust to the idea of having a child together.

The next couple is Pam and Nick, played by Eleni Demos and Mason St. Germaine. Pam and Nick are both sports coaches and both desperately want to have a baby to fulfill their dreams of being parents.

The final couple is Arlene and Alan who are played by John Perez and Kayla Fay. Arlene and Alan are both middle-aged adults who have already raised three children together and now must deal with the prospect of raising a fourth child.

“Each person in this cast has the essence of what I felt each character should have, so we were able to build on their individual personalities,” Schoch said on finding the right cast for this musical.

“Baby” will be performed again this upcoming weekend with showings for Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are free for any UWF student with a valid Nautilus card.

Visit uwf.edu/cfpa for more information on how you can see the musical “Baby” as well as other future shows.

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