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Westport students present 'Wonderful Town'

WESTPORT - Fun and laughter returns to the stage at Westport Central School next week as the Westport Drama Club presents "Wonderful Town" May 6-8.

About 30 students in grades seven through 12 star in this classic musical comedy by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov that debuted on Broadway in 1953 with music by legendary composer Leonard Bernstien.

The show's director, Gigi Carroll noted how students in the drama club help chose which show they want to perform each year.

"For the past three years, the kids have opted to do a musical comedy," Carroll. "They love to sing and dance and make people laugh."

Set in New York City's Greenwich Village during the summer of 1935, the story centers around two sisters, Ruth and Eileen Sherwood, who are fresh off a train from rural Ohio. Eileen has dreams of starring as a singer and actress, while Ruth aims to become a well-respected writer. Hilarious hijinx surround the two of them as they frantically attempt to make it big in the Big Apple.

Carroll described "Wonderful Town" as a family-friendly show with great music and plenty of loveable characters.

"A lot of the kids get singing and speaking roles," she said, noting how that was one of the deciding points among the students.

Cast members, many of whom have participated in Drama Club performances each year in addition to sports and other activities, agreed it was the show's humor that attracted them to it.

"It's an eclectic piece," said senior Devin Martin. "It's got a little bit of everything."

"It's all very fun," said senior Valentina Rodriguez.

Performances take place in Westport Central School's Bulles Auditorium May 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. and May 8 at 3 p.m. Tickets, available at the door, are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors with a $20 maximum per family.

For more information, contact Westport Central School at 962-8244.

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