The musical A Catered Affair is being presented this weekend by ARTS in Huntington, and the first performance got rave reviews!
We’ve been sharing interviews with members of the show’s cast, and this time around we hear from Chad Arthur, who’s at the heart of the show!
Q. Tell us about the musical A Catered Affair.
Chad: A Catered Affair appears to be a love story but main theme is less about love and more about the difference in relationships. As the new budding relationship of Ralph and Janey progress through the show we see how their love is meant as a juxtaposition to the longer and matured relationship of the brides parents. Showing that time changes us but just because the new relationship is the classic cute and fun couple the older and matured relationship has its own values, strengths, and problems.
Q. What role do you play?
Chad: I play Ralph Halloran, the groom of the story.
Q. What's your favorite song in the show?
Chad: My favorite song is probably "I Stayed." I think that not only is it well performed by our James Holley but it is the most telling song. We are suppose to be on the Aggie's (the wife’s) side in the play but the song changes the entire dynamic of the show, really allowing the audience members to grasp the relationship of the Aggie and Tom’s relationship and not Aggie's one-sided definition of it.
Q. What's been the most challenging aspect about the show?
Chad: The most challenging part of the show is trying to be realistic. In most musicals you can be bigger then life but this story really requires tact to tell it a proper way without making the story "cheesy." It's a very loving and real story so we as actors must be the same.
Q. What makes this show so much fun for you?
Chad: The music in this play is so unique. It's unlike the music that theatre goers will be used to and that is really where it shines.
Q. Why would you recommend this show to our readers?
Chad: If a reader is interested in a truly honest and well written portrayal of what relationships are, then A Catered Affair is perfect. I think that everyone should give it a chance and you will fall in love with it like I have.
Q: Thanks, Chad!
A Catered Affair - ARTS presents the musical on Aug. 12, 17, 18 and 19 at the Renaissance Theatre Ballroom at 900 8th Street in Huntington. General Admission is $15 show only and $30 for dinner and show. You must reserve reservations for dinner by calling 304-733-2787. The dinner menu for this show is: fresh kale lemon salad, baked steak with mushroom gravy, rice pilaf, apricot glazed carrots, and three tier wedding cake for dessert.