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'Dancin' feet on 42nd Street'

Updated 8:14 pm, Saturday, March 31, 2012

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  • SPECTRUM/The smitten Julian Marsh, portrayed by Dan Fay, does his best to get the attention of the dance-happy Peggy Sawyer, played by Jaclyn Mercer, during New Milford High School rehearsal for its all-school musical, "42nd Street," March 19, 2012. Photo: Norm Cummings
    SPECTRUM/The smitten Julian Marsh, portrayed by Dan Fay, does his best to get the attention of the dance-happy Peggy Sawyer, played by Jaclyn Mercer, during New Milford High School rehearsal for its all-school musical, "42nd Street," March 19, 2012. Photo: Norm Cummings

 

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The singing and dancing talents of New Milford High School student thespians is on display these days.

An energetic cast led by Jaclyn Mercer, Gwen Trott and Dan Fay are performing their all-school production of the Broadway musical hit, "42nd Street."

The story follows the production of a Depression-era musical. The star, portrayed by Gwen Trott, has to drop out when she breaks her leg and a young girl from the chorus, played by Jaclyn Mercer, takes over the lead role.

Featured roles are performed by Ana Vargas, Erin Stolz, Cailtyn Lalli, Mackenzie Corso, Jessica Bowe, Ian Steiner, Ben Bayers, John Vazquez, R.J. Lee, Tommy Ovitt, Reid Tuomala, Christian Ferrante, Joe Tracey, Karl Hinger, Conner Fallanck, Colin McLaughlin and Louis Alhage.

The production is based on the novel by Bradford Ropes and the 1933 movie, also based on that novel. Music was by Harry Warren, lyrics by Al Dubin and a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble.

Among the famous songs from the show are "We're In The Money," "Lullaby of Broadway" and "42nd Street."

Evening performances at 7 p.m. ware to be presented March 23, 24, 30 and 31.

Matinee performances are given March 25 at 3 p.m. and March 31 at 2 p.m.

All seating will be reserved at $10.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting the NMHS box office Mondays to Fridays from 2:15 to 4 p.m. or Mondays to Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., or by calling 860-350-6647, ext. 1552.

-- Norm Cummings

Photography by Norm Cummings