WARRENSBURG - Just ending a four-hour rehearsal for the high-school musical Forty-Second Street, a group of student actors stepped off stage and talked about their experience and their mentor/director, school music and drama instructor Jim Corriveau.
Instead of being weary from the demanding routine of repeating dance steps, character conversation and belting out songs under Corriveau's direction, the actors and actresses were full of energy and enthusiasm.
Forty-Second Street, a musical about the trials of producing a Broadway show during the Great Depression, will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Tickets, $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and students, are available at the high school office at 623-2811 extension 21.
But the real dynamo of energy and enthusiasm, they said, is Corriveau, who manages to bring out the very best onstage from his drama students year after year, they said.
The students, many of whom have been acting in Corriveau's musicals since elementary school, said each year they think the new production can't top the past ones, but it always measures up to past productions - or surpasses them.
"It's definitely amazing to work with Mr. Corriveau," senior Dan Haller said. "We may have our doubts, but in the last few days it comes together and we pull of a great show."
Senior Noah Davis agreed.
"It's a lot of hard work, undoubtedly an adventure, but it's always a great time," he said.
Davida Paniccia and Nicole Newell, both seniors, have acted, danced and sung in eight Corriveau shows.
In Forty-Second Street, she has a lead role as a veteran playwright, author of a show that Newell, depicting a small-town girl swept away by the Broadway hype, wants to break into. This is probably the last musical these two WCS seniors will be acting in together.