CANTON -- Canton Central School will present the musical “Wonderful Town” March 21 and 22 at the Hugh C. Williams High School auditorium.
The play "My Sister Eileen" by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov and the stories by Ruth McKenney, with a musical score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and Sr. Citizens and will be available in the High School office before the show, or at the box office the night of the show.
The cast of 40 students will be supported by a crew of about 25 students who will be running the lighting, sound, box office, scene changes, make-up and hair, and dressing.
The production also feature some community members including a quartet from the Canton Goldenaires who will sing to “Darlin’ Eilleen” as adoring police officers and Morgan Elliott, a graduate of Canton Central school who was last on stage as Danny in the 2009 production of “Grease” will play the role of Officer Lonigan.
Woderful town is a musical about two sisters who move from their hometown in Ohio to Greenwich Village, a bohemian area in New York City (Christopher Street) to fulfill their dreams. Ruth (Rachel Horwitz) is an aspiring writer, average in appearance and can't keep a man's attention - no matter what. Eileen (Morgan Rosser), a fledgling actress, is Ruth's opposite. She is a beautiful dancer, who - without even trying - has men falling at her feet.
The girls end up with a one-month lease on a tiny, basement studio apartment near a subway construction site.
The neighborhood is full of interesting people like Appopolous (Jake Beaudette), their landlord and an artist, Wreck (Justin Sosebee) a former football player, and his live-in fiancée Helen (Kiersten Larrabee), Mrs. Wade (Rachel Moses) Helen's mother who comes for a visit, Violet (Madison Mallette), a lady of the night and the previous tenant of the apartment the girls are renting, and a precinct of friendly police officers (special guest quartet from the Canton Goldenaires).
Ruth and Eileen venture into the city to make their dreams come true and meet Frank Lippencott (Luke Frazer), the sweet manager of a Walgreens drugstore, Chick Clark (Ryan Martin) a sharp newspaperman and Bob Baker (Zach Barnes) a lonely editor of 'The Manhatter’ newspaper.
As these two young ladies look for work they find themselves in some crazy situations including hiding Wreck from Helen’s mother, landing a job in a Greenwich Village nightclub, and leading a conga line of Brazilian sailors through the neighborhood.
Additionally, Chase McLaughlin and Eric Gagliardi will be playing trombone and Abby Savage will be playing trumpet in the pit orchestra conducted by Tim Savage. Kimberly Busch & Lindsey LoParco are co-directing the musical with choreography by Erin Lassial, costumes by Sue Dean and Cassandra Griffin, and scenic design and construction by Bill Newman and the technical theater class as well as volunteers from the cast who have come in on Saturdays to work on scenery construction.