Last night, we got to see Loose Lips Sink Ships, another fantastic show at the Helfaer Theatre at Marquette University. This is the university’s first show of a season celebrating Strong Women. This musical tells the story of the women that took jobs in the shipyards in Sturgeon Bay during World War II. It is a light and fun look at the changes in responsibilities and relationships that happened during that historic time. There were a couple of sad moments, as there are during a war, but on the whole, humor, fun songs, and dancing helped to tell this charming tale.
As a disclaimer, I must point out, as I have in the past, that my son, A.J., a sophomore in the MU theatre program, played the role of Eric Richardson in the show. So my feelings for this show are naturally biased. And I am okay with that.
The entire cast did an absolutely superb job. The three young women, Chloe Hurckes, Anna Otto, and Annie Kefalas were lovely singers and poured their souls into their performances. The vocal performance by Chloe was especially well done. The five young men also did a tremendous job. They were all well cast and suited to their roles. Daniel Callahan and Michael Nicholas really stood out in their singing numbers and Peter Sisto truly has a knack for humorous dialogue.
I am, obviously, very proud of the performance turned in but my son, A.J. Magoon. I thoroughly enjoyed his bubbly, energetic antics as the nervous, young highschooler looking forward to his first date and getting ready to join the war effort on the front lines. Physical comedy involving tripping over objects, dropping things, and double-takes can be very hard to make look natural but A.J. really made it look easy.
All in all, it was a fun night of theatre. If you see it, you’ll go home tapping your toes with a smile on your face.