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Audiences prepare to set sail with Beekmantown High School Drama Club

WEST CHAZY Preparations are under way for Beekmantown High Schools musical comedy Dont Rock the Boat, by Tim Kelly. Produced by the school's drama club, under the direction of advisor Judith Fallon, the musical is a silly, madcap, goofy farce set on a wacky cruise ship manned by a crew of rejects and misfits. As they set sail, they encounter just about every calamity at sea imaginable hurricanes, cancelled insurance, illnesses and even pirates. However, rollicking tunes ensure everyone will go home humming and with smiles on their faces. The demands of the musical format have kept students and staff alike busy with preparations for more than five months. In addition to the regular three times weekly blocking and acting rehearsals, musical director Karin Ryan, conductor Mike Nystoriak and choreographer Piper Wells have kept students occupied with small group practices. Students themselves have been responsible for the bulk of other preparations required of this type endeavor, including costuming, building sets and raising all the necessary funding for the production through advertising and donations. Its been a team effort we cant go on without everybodys help, said Mrs. Fallon during a recent rehearsal. Were excited to keep moving forward and hopefully do a real Broadway musical someday. As the performances get closer and things start to come together, the casts excitement is growing palpable. It sounds so cool, but now its wow its really going to happen, said Nathan Bull, who portrays the ambitious Capt. Butterworth. Lots of schools nationwide are fighting for music and art in the schools, he added. Were lucky to have the support for this. Weve worked really hard, asserted Chelsea Szatkowski, who served as the wardrobe mistress and will be portraying Courtney, the seasick co-captain. We want to show everyone what we can do. Performances will be held in the school's auditorium, 37 Eagle Way, at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, and Saturday, Feb. 9. A matinee performance will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10. Tickets are $6 at the door.

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