Huntington High School drama club members will take the stage this weekend for three performances of the group’s production of the Broadway hit musical, “42nd Street.”
The actors and stage crew members have mastered their roles following weeks of rehearsals under the encouraging eyes of drama club advisor Michael Schwendemann and his team of professionals.
Performances are set for Friday at 7:30 p.m. and again on Saturday at 2 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. all in the high school auditorium. The facility is handicapped accessible. Tickets are available at the door priced at $10. Senior citizens (aged 65 and up) will be admitted free to the Saturday matinee.
Huntington drama club faculty advisor Michael Schwendemann is handling directing and musical staging. Victoria Garbarino is the musical director, vocal coach and choreographer. Glenn Deveau and Chris Deveau are the technical directors. David Chavez is the dance captain with Ariana Jams and Alexis Kaloudis serving as assistant dance captains. Charlotte Simon is the show’s student director. Carrie Semelsberger is handling props and also costumes and set decoration along with The Costumer. Aria Hannah is the costume assistant.
The cast features: Josie Sullivan, Emily Kustera, Lauren Holly, Alexa Schirripa, Jack Semelsberger, Mack Brunner, Sofia Rodriquez, David Chavez, Alexis Kaloudis, Ariana James, Sydney Cordeiro, Dylan Brinn, Samuel James, Liva Camarata, Michaela Dopico, Shannon Milner, William Berry, Sam Soric, Layna Abraham, Jake Amend, Zaida Correal, Hannah Roberts, Lily Tierney, Linnea Wong, Aisy Franciscovich, Landry Flynn and Christina Drummings.
The ensemble (singers and dancers of the chorus) includes: Layna Abraham, Jake Amend, William Berry, Liva Camarata, Zaida Correal, Sarah Corwin, Michaela Dopico, Christina Drummings, Landry Flynn, Madeline Francis, Aisy Franciscovich, Julia Henderson, Shannon Milner, Maggie O’Toole, Hannah Roberts, Alexa Schirripa, Sam Soric, Lily Tierney, Sophia Tine and Linnea Wong.
The pit orchestra consists of: Violin: Allison Quinn; Cello: Chloe Hunt, Sarah Berry, Nina Fascilla; Harp: Mary Grace Rorke; Alto Sax: Abby Schueller, Rachel Morina, Rana Elfaham; Baritone Sax: Matthew Levinson; Tenor Sax: Matthew Levinson; Soprano Sax: Rachel Morina; Trumpet: Alex Prince, Ryan Resky; Trombone: Diane Hoffman; French Horn: Tori Boell, Aidan Geller, Ella Ackerman; Flute: Emma Hannigan, Isabella Lima, Lauren Landolfi; Clarinet: Nadeera Ali, Cecilia Kye; Guitar: Logan Toth; Mallets: Vincenza Garofalo; Drum Kit: Vittorio Vetere; Percussion: Michael Rabinowitz; Piano: Kayte Camarata.
“One of show business’s most classic and beloved tales, ‘42nd Street’ tells the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway,” according to www.stageagent.com. Peggy arrives in New York City from her hometown of Allentown, Pennsylvania, armed with her tap shoes and big dreams. Peggy’s talent catches the eye of legendary Broadway director Julian Marsh, who gives her a spot in the chorus of ‘Pretty Lady,’ his newest show. Pretty Lady stars Dorothy Brock, the classic Broadway diva, who takes an instant dislike to the new girl in the cast. When Dorothy is injured during the show’s previews, ‘Pretty Lady’ looks like it will have to close, unless a new girl talented enough to lead the show can be found — someone like Peggy Sawyer!
“Peggy’s rise from showgirl to star is the stuff of show business dreams. ‘42nd Street’ is full of crowd-pleasing tap dances, popular musical theatre standards, and show-stopping ensemble production numbers.”