Commonwealth Journal


September 20, 2012

A 'Titanic' Opportunity

Kentucky native can be seen in first LCPA show of season, ‘Titanic: The Musical’


“It’s a lot of hard work and lots of hours of my own time, but I’m getting used to this,” said Coriell.
With around 50 characters, the actors must play multiple roles. Coriell portrays Kate Murphy, an Irish immigrant traveling third-class, seeking out America as a chance at a better life. Coriell is also Mme. “Ninette” Aubart, riding in the upscale first-class as the mistress of millionaire Benjamin Guggenheim. 
One central theme is that ultimately all of the characters — rich or poor — end up in the same situation. Coriell said the actors were directed to explore the possibility that their characters were the same, only circumstances in their lives had caused their paths to unfold differently. 
“Kate is very sassy, and kind of sarcastic; when she gets to America, she wants to be a governess, that’s her grandest of dreams,” said Coriell. “Kate was born to a lower-class family; Aubart was a showgirl but worked her way up to be the mistress of a millionaire.”
As such, Coriell explained, the show delves deeply into the issues of the value of human life and equality.
“The investors who put all this money into (the Titanic) think it’s so grand and so infallible, but the ship sinks and they’re in the same boat as everybody else,” said Coriell. “It doesn’t matter who you are because you’re a person. Whose lives matter more? The answer is, no one matters more.”
Coriell observed that in this presidential election season, when economic and class issues are major news topics and terms like “occupy” and “one percent” have become buzzwords, the show takes on an eerily prescient relevance. 
“‘Titanic’ is a show that needs to be seen right now,” said Coriell. “It’s a story about hubris and people getting full of themselves, about pride and classism ... and the consequences of too much pride. It’s a show the whole country should see — and with the tour, it will.”

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