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  • BW Baldwin Wallace College

ARTISTIC GENIUS


I sacrificed my Super Bowl viewing pleasure last Sunday to be one of the first to see the world premiere of, "The Pokemusical", an original work by two extremely talented BW Music Theatre Conservatory students, Alex Syiek, who wrote the original book and lyrics and directed the play, and Andrew L. Cooper, who wrote much brand new music for this hilarious musical satire of the original Pokemon video game. I'm not much of a gamer but everyone in this generation has a faint knowledge of the Pocket Monsters that are Pokemon such as Pikachu, Ash Ketchum's personal Pokemon. This show encompassed every authentic aspect of Pokemon as well as poked fun at some of the adult nuances of the game like the fact that James, of team Rocket, may be homosexual. One of my favorite parts was when Pikachu, played by the adorable Caitlin Houlahan, would become frustrated with Ash, she gave her dramatic soliloquies in Shakespearean prose with a single spotlight, then she’d go back to being the precious electrocuting character we all know. This aspect was so smart and the comedic timing was perfect all throughout, especially in the scene where Misty's three sisters came prancing out and turned out to be three scantily clad boys (Chris Cowan, James Penca, and Nate Klingenberg).  I couldn't stifle my hysterical laughter. Other star performances were given by Ian Gregory Hill who played Prof. Oak, Kyra Kennedy as Jessie, Nate Klingenberg as ALL the Pokemon, and Kelly Autry as Ash.  I couldn't be more proud of my senior and friend, Alex for writing such a brilliant, hilarious, yet still tasteful script. There's been talk that Pokemusical will be submitted to NAMT among other theatre festivals for the chance to be noticed and maybe taken to an Off-Broadway setting. Until that happens, remember you "Gotta Catch 'em All!"