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WCS students to present musical version of hit film ‘The Princess Bride’

In a break in a rehearsal March 14 for an upcoming school musical, Warrensburg High School vocal and drama instructor Jim Corriveau offers instruction to cast members. The Warrensburg Drama Club will be presenting Corriveau’s contemporary musical adaptation of ‘The Princess Bride’ nightly from Thursday March 27 through Saturday March 29 at the high school.

In a break in a rehearsal March 14 for an upcoming school musical, Warrensburg High School vocal and drama instructor Jim Corriveau offers instruction to cast members. The Warrensburg Drama Club will be presenting Corriveau’s contemporary musical adaptation of ‘The Princess Bride’ nightly from Thursday March 27 through Saturday March 29 at the high school. Photo by Thom Randall.

— “Mr. Corriveau definitely has high standards — nothing can be just ‘whatever.’”

As Corriveau gulped some blue Gatorade, WCS Senior Whitney Marwica offered a comment. She plays Lady Joan, re-cast as a Valley Girl with narcolepsy. She also is a choreographer of the show, along with Gregan Callahan. This is her fifth year acting, singing and dancing in a drama production with Corriveau directing.

“These musicals are definitely a lot of work, but they end up so much fun,” she said. “Mr. Corriveau is a perfectionist, like insisting we kick our legs up high and point our toes — but the shows end up so good — and we always have a blast.

Since Corriveau joined the faculty of Warrensburg High in the late 1990s as vocal music director, Warrensburg’s drama productions have been acclaimed regionally for their dramatic substance, athletic dancing, emotionally-charged singing and professionally performed scores.

Corriveau, however, deferred credit this week to the actors and stage crew.

“The seniors in our drama club bring a high level of expectations to the rehearsals, a conviction of how we are a high-caliber team — and they inspire the younger students, conveying what we want to accomplish,” he said. “They know it’s unacceptable to go at it with half an effort — and it’s a lot more fun for everyone when they work up a sweat and get exhausted together.”

Vaisey, one of those actors who’s been in five of Corriveau’s productions, offered his thoughts.

“Being in these musicals, it’s an awesome experience — to go from where no one knows what the are doing in the early rehearsals, then ending up with an amazing show — it’s just incredible,” he said. “Through this process, we end up like family.”

Performances of The Princess Bride are on Thursday March 27, Friday March 28 and Saturday March 29, 7:30 p.m. each night night at Warrensburg High School, 103 Schroon River Road. Tickets are $8 for adults, and $6 for students and seniors 62 and older. For details, call Kelly Annis at 623-2861, ext. 222.

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