First Cultural Arts Event of the Year

By: Katie K.
Staff Writer

Baby Wants Candy, an improvisation musical group, performed as the first cultural event of the year on Sept. 20.

Baby Wants Candy has a group of 60 rotating actors, but those that came to Peddie were Lauren Adams, Jeremy Bent, Rich Hollman, Lucas Kavner and Ashley Ward. Three musicians- Joel Eshar, Louis Tucci and Al Vetere- as well as stage manager Dreagn Foltz also accompanied the actors. The group has traveled to places including Singapore, London, Edinburgh and China to perform their improvised musicals.

Baby Wants Candy started the show by improvising scenes with the help of a few students who had the opportunity to work with the cast in a workshop earlier that day.

“It was so much fun performing with Baby Wants Candy,” Erin Fago ’16 said. “They had such great ideas and they were so easy to work with. I’m so happy I had the opportunity to play around and improvise with them.”

The student body enjoyed watching their peers become a part of the show.

“My favorite part of the performance was when the performers interacted with Peddie students,” Lauren Wieder ’15 said. “We were able to see our peers out of their comfort zone, showing a creative side to the community. The performers took what the students said and made an amazing show out of it.”

The most commonly asked question was where Baby Wants Candy got their name.

“Comedians often do bits where you just start joking around about something and it grows and grows and become sillier,” Ward said. “All the people in this group are all about doing bits. One time, someone in rehearsal said ‘You guys want laughs like a baby wants candy’, so we used that for our name.”

“I thought Baby Wants Candy was great- very entertaining and interesting,” Persis Rao ’16 said. “The performers were extremely talented in their craft and I enjoyed the fact that they got the audience involved to some extent.”