Thursday December 05, 2013
Tim Lyons of South Burlington, a junior at Georgetown University, wrote and composed a musical that was performed in November at the Donn B. Murphy One Acts Festival at Georgetown. During the performance the audience was reminded that old-fashioned theatre is anything but stale.
The annual event, run by the Mask & Bauble Society, showcases fresh talent in the Georgetown community and gives actors, playwrights and directors the opportunity to hone their skills in front of a live audience. His musical, How to Succeed with Dolls, was selected to be this year’s student-written performance by the Festival director and judges. The Mask and Bauble Society is the oldest continuously-running collegiate theatre troupe in the country. The musical is set in the 1950’s and follows Timothy, a young Wall Street actuary, as he falls head over heels in love with Margaret, a woman he has only seen at a bar. He seeks to win her heart with the help of a friendly neighborhood bartender. But things start to go wrong when two Wall Street stock brokers get involved by gambling on the outcome. The piece takes inspiration from the simple, lighthearted musicals of the mid-20th century, particularly classics like Guys and Dolls and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The musical features all original songs written and composed by Lyons, including a ragtime trio, a cards-on-the-table ballad, and a grandiose finale.
“They’re so cliched, but at the same time, that’s really what makes them work. You know what’s coming, and you’re relieved and delighted when it does finally come,” Lyons said, while reflecting on his works of reference.
Lyons is a 2011 graduate of Rice Memorial High School, and has performed in several theatrical productions, including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, It’s Not Ugly It’s Art, and four years of Stunt Nite. Lyons also sings with the Georgetown Chimes, the University’s oldest and all-male a capella singing group. He majors in Mathematics and Economics.