All-male troupe makes Hasty return
The men of Hasty Pudding Theatricals are preparing to bare their legs in Bermuda this week, as they bring their unique brand of musical comedy back to the island.
The Harvard-based group — the third-oldest theatre organisation in the world — has been visiting Bermuda for more than 50 years, with the island serving as the final stop of their annual show's run.
This year's production, Casino Evil, is set to continue the tradition with HPT's usual combination of broad comedy, catchy musical numbers and an all-male kick line finale.
Producers Adam Chiavacci and Natalie Kim said the show has so far received a positive response, and they are thrilled to bring the production to the island.
Asked about the trip, they said: “We are so excited. We love Bermuda, and it's awesome to be able to call Bermuda a second home for us.
“We have been coming to Bermuda for over 50 years now, and we could not imagine our production without it.
“While we do think it is important to keep our Bermuda tradition alive, especially since our organisation is so old. The main reason it is important for us to keep coming back to Bermuda is because we love the island. We love meeting everyone and being able to spend the capstone of each year's show in such a beautiful and fun spot.”
They noted that the show represented the culmination of almost a full year of work, with production beginning every April — just weeks after the previous year's show concludes.
“It is an incredible amount of work, and all 50 members of our company put so much time, effort, and love into this organisation to make the show what it is,” they said.
“From our poster designer, to the show's writers, to our costumiers, ticket sales managers, and cast, everyone really believes in this show. We are propelled by our love for the Pudding as well as for each other.
“Watching our audiences react to the show, and seeing the amount of fun that they have as well as we have during each performance is really what makes it all worth it.”
• HPT 169: Casino Evil runs March 15-17 at Earl Cameron Theatre at City Hall, with shows starting at 8pm. Tickets are available now at bdatix.bm