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Thespians bring 'Good News' to Elizabethtown

ELIZABETHTOWN - The Roaring Twenties will come to life here March 26-28 as the Elizabethtown Social Center presents its 2010 musical, "Good News."

A cast of six adults and 21 students in grades 6-12 will grace the stage at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School, appearing as cheerleaders, flappers and football players in the classic show by B.G. DeSylva, Lew Brown and Ray Henderson that portrays life on a 1920s college campus.

"I've always wanted to do a 1920s show," said director Susan Hughes. "I considered a couple of others and decided that the selling point to doing this show was the songs that many people will be familiar with."

Indeed, "Good News" is the source of well-liked songs such as "You're the Cream in my Coffee," "Keep Your Sunny Side Up," and "The Best Things in Life are Free."

Paul Burdo stars as Tom Marlowe, the star of Tait College's football team who's expected to lead them to victory in the big game. When Tom neglects his studies and fails his Astronomy final, however, it seems the victory is in grave jeopardy. Fortunately, the shy but studious part-time school librarian, Connie Lane, played by Clare Harwood, steps in to tutor him.

The two eventually fall in love, but the daughter of one of the college's wealthiest benefactors, Patricia Bingham, played by Kim Hughes, continues to vie for Tom's heart.

"It's about things that happen in a real school," Kim said. "It's things that we've all seen before."

Meanwhile, Tom's coach falls for the Astronomy professor and a bewitching flapper by the name of Babe O'Day draws the attention of virtually the rest of the football team.

"It's definitely a comedy," Kim added. "There are very few serious moments."

Karin DeMuro leads choreography for the show's abundant dancing, including the Charleston and the "Varsity Drag."

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