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Westport seniors to present ‘The Election’

The Westport Central School Class of 2014 presents “The Election,” Friday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Bulles Auditorium.

The Westport Central School Class of 2014 presents “The Election,” Friday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Bulles Auditorium. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The show must go on.

Take the Westport Central School Class of 2014, for example. After funding for the traditional senior play was cut from the school budget, class members joined together with teachers Cathy Brankman, Paul Mudie and Vicki Wolinski to move forward and present “The Election” Saturday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium.

“We felt that this was a necessary tradition at the school and needed to be continued,” Brankman said. “We as teachers are volunteering our time to work with the students, and this will be a regular class fundraiser with any profits going to the senior trip and graduation expenses.”

“I think the senior play is more of a bonding experience,” Mudie said. “Kids you would never expect to see are up on the stage performing, and it sounds cliche, but it really does bring the class together.”

“They work very well together,” Brankman said. “They are fun, patient and they are encouraging of each other.”

“The Election,” written by Don Zolidis, tells the story of Mark Davenport and Christy Martin, two high school students who decide to run for student body president after the resignation of their peer.

According to the preview, “When a mysterious Super PAC gives Martin an unlimited budget, things start to get very ugly. Mark must face total annihilation or accept the services of a slick professional campaign manager with questionable ethics and a million-dollar Super PAC of her own.”

Mudie said he found this play to have been well received by audiences across the nation.

“I was reviewing plays, and this has gotten a lot of good reviews from schools that have performed it in the past,” he said. “It has a great high school setting and a fun theme.”

Members of the Class of 2014 include Christopher Clarke, Ryan Davis, John Doyle, Alexis Foote, Robert King, Felicia Kurth, Hannah Looby, Sarah Looby, James Moricette, Emily Rascoe, Brendee Russell, Jordan Spadafora, Lloyd Staats, Megan Sudduth, Tyrel Tryon and Cheyenne White.

Admission to the Nov. 23 show is $7 for adults, $5 for students with a family maximum of $20.

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