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Canton students will take the stage in comical musical, “Wonderful Town”


CANTON - Colorful costumes, a comical storyline and a challenging musical score will entertain spectators who attend Canton Central’s upcoming spring musical.

The show, “Wonderful Town,” is about the adventures and misadventures of two sisters trying to make their way in New York City in the 1930s.

A cast of more than 40 students will perform the show 7:30 p.m. March 21 and March 22 in the high school auditorium, 99 State St. They’ll be supported by more than two dozen students who will run the lighting, sound, box office, scene changes, hair and make-up and dressing.

Ryan E. Martin, a senior who has performed in several plays during his high school career, said he’s excited about being part of the performance.

“It’s hysterical,” the 18-year-old said during a rehearsal break. “The songs are catchy and the dances are really amazing.”

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and senior citizens. They’re for sale in the high school office and at the box office the night of the shows.

The story is about two sisters, Ruth, played by senior Rachel H. Horwitz, and Eileen, played by junior Morgan Rosser, who move from their comfortable hometown in Ohio, to Greenwich Village, a bohemian area in New York City, to fulfill their dreams.

Ruth, an aspiring writer, is average in appearance and can’t keep a man’s attention, no matter how hard she tries. Eileen, a fledgling actress, is Ruth’s opposite. She is a beautiful dancer who, without even trying, has men falling at her feet.

Ms. Horwitz, 18, said the dancing routine and music are more difficult than previous shows, but she feels the cast has risen to the challenge.

“It’s been a big undertaking, but it’s been very fun. I’ve been having a really good time,” she said.

Lindsey L. Loparco, the show’s stage manager, said although the show is not as well-known as some prior shows, she’s hoping a large number of people attend. Kimberly Busch is the show’s musical and technical director. Erin Lassial is the choreographer.

“Even though it’s a less familiar show, I hope people come out. It’s just so witty. The music is really exciting and different,” Ms. Loparco said.

After arriving in New York City, the siblings end up with a one-year lease on a tiny, basement studio apartment near a subway construction site. The neighborhood is full of interesting people like their landlord, Appopolous, played by Jake Beaudette; Wreck, played by Justin Sosebee, a former football player, and his live-in fiancée, Helen, played by Kiersten Larrabee; and Mrs. Wade, played by Rachel Moses.

Characters also include Helen’s mother, Violet, played by Madison Mallette.

When Ruth and Eileen venture into the city to make their dreams come true they meet Frank Lippencott played by Luke Frazer, the sweet manager of a Walgreens drugstore, Chick Clark, played by Ryan Martin, who is a sharp newspaper man, and Bob Baker played by 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.

A quartet from The Canton Goldenaires will play friendly policemen who sing to “Darlin’ Eilleen,” including community members Bruce Hanson, Richard Todd, Marc Darou and Jeff McCallus. 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.

Additionally, Chet McLaughlin and Eric Gagliardi will play trombone and Abby Savage will play trumpet in the pit orchestra conducted by Tim Savage. Costuming was handled by Sue Dean and Cassandra Griffin, while William Newman handled scenic design and construction with help from the high school technical theater class.

Cast members include Madison O’Shea, Jake Beaudette, Kiersten Larrabee, Justin Sosebee, Maddy Mallette, Morgan Elliott, Rebecca DelRossi, Anna Monroe, Lilly Clifford, Brandon Calton, Morgan Rosser, Rachel Horwitz, Noah Writesel, Brianna Larrabee, Tisha Yerdon, Isaac Ballard, Christy Sebring, Zachary Barnes, Isaac Ballard, Sam Haenel, Isaac Ballard, Ryan Martin, Sam Haenel, Brooke Lewis, Luke Frazer, Cody Dollnger, Sarah Rivers, Rachel Moses, Luke Frazer, Jenn Wilcox, Brittany Wilcox, Lizzy Bascom, Ryan Martin, Macy Huntley, Grace Caldwell, Tirzah Bannach, Cody Dollinger, Lindsey Frazer, Grace Franklin, Lucy Jenkins, Isaac Ballard, Katja Schmid-Doyle, Jayden Ladison, Kendyll Stevenson and Hunter DeSantis.

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