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Anything Goes'

"Some of them started in kindergarten," noted White, "so they've spent their whole school career being in the musicals."

Senior Joli Straight, who plays Hope, has 12 musicals under her belt and said this is the best production she's been in.

"The style, the tap dancing, the music; it's something everyone will enjoy," she said.

In contrast, fellow senior Victoria Whitney is in her first musical at AVCS, but managed to land one of the lead roles as Erma.

"It's been really fun, but it's taught me a lot about hard work," she said. "I never knew how much work went into these shows."

"Anything Goes" is the 18th production by the AuSable Valley Players, and White remembers how the earliest shows were much smaller.

"It's really grown. It used to be that we'd just have 20 kids doing the whole show," she said. "Now we have loads of volunteers. The school and community have all been so helpful and supportive. If they weren't, we probably wouldn't be doing it. For some kids, this is their exposure to the performing arts."

Showtimes are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. March 11-13 and 1 p.m. March 14 in the AVCS auditorium. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in the school lobby from 3-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Reserved seating is available. For additional ticket information, call 834-2800 ext. 500.

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