Magill Musical Theatre Studio’s upcoming “In My Room: The Musical” tells the story of 14-year-old Penny who retreats to her safe haven bedroom where her fantasies of grandeur play out.
Penny is going through “a rough season in life,” said Megan Magill, the head of the studio, who wrote and is directing the play.
Poor Penny is not popular, not particularly gifted, lacks self-esteem and must endure the constant bickering of her parents.
“She prefers the imaginary over reality,” Mrs. Magill said.
Performances of “In My Room” are set for 7 p.m. May 26 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 27 at Tyler Junior College’s Wise Auditorium. More information is available on the studio’s website, magillmusicaltheatrestudio.com.
Fifteen-year-old Molly Berry, a student at All Saints Episcopal School, portrays Penny. She said that she identifies with Penny and spends time in her own bedroom singing in front of a mirror and dreaming of a career in musical theater.
The challenge, she said, is tapping into Penny’s darker emotions.
“I find it hardest playing the vulnerable scenes when Penny is sad,” said Ms. Berry, who is in her third year of taking singing, dancing and acting classes at the studio.
Penny’s fantasies play out as musical sequences featuring the talents of the studios approximately 75 preteens and teens.
“In her fantasies, Penny is always the hero,” Mrs. Magill said. “She always wins.”
To help put things in perspective are the living walls of Penny’s bedroom, portrayed by boy-girl pairs, who speak to the audience.
At the end, Penny realizes it’s time to “stop daydreaming and face life,” Mrs. Magill said.
She is confident the theme will resonate with all.
“I want every single person in that audience to think about what Penny is going through and what is taking place in that room,” she said. “It will stay with you long after you go.”