WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -- A small town girl moves to New York City to find fame and fortune on Broadway. A big time Broadway producer struggles to launch a musical extravazanga during the Great Depression. Their paths cross when Wood-Ridge Junior-Senior High School presents "42nd Street" this week.
The school has been performing the spring musical continuously for the last 31 years. "42nd Street" was previously presented in 2005. This year Roberta Blender is the director in her 31st year, and Ted Colarusso is the musical director, his 22nd year in the role. The cast of 19 includes five seniors, Emily Remenschneider, Nanakua Addo, Morgan Hargrave, Skylar McMahon, and Hadiyya Bradshaw.
Because many of the show's musical numbers feature tap dancing, the performers began holding tap workshops back in October. Two actors, Morgan Hargrave and Anthony Finke, had tap dance experience, and introduced their castmates to basics of tap.
"Anthony and Morgan helped the kids together," said Blender. "They're doing beautifully."
"The kids take such an active role in the show itself," she added. "It's such an investment for them."
Blender explained that many people contribute to the show, from the alumni who come back, the parents who donate or craft items for the set or local dance instructor Miss Edie, who loaned costumes, props and the "dimes" for the show.
Showtimes for "42nd Street" for are Friday, April 5 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday matinee, April 7 at 2pm. Tickets are $10 and can be reserved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. A special complementary Senior Citizens performance is Thursday, April 4 at 1pm. Coffee, tea, and crumb cake will be served during intermission.
|Morgan Hargrave||as||Peggy Sawyer|
|Emily Remenschneider||as||Maggie Jones|
|Hadiyyah Bradshaw||as||Andi Lee|
|Skylar McMahon||as||Diane Lorimer/Waiter|
|Emily Cupo||as||Ann Reilly|
|Nicole Nikkert||as||Phyllis Dale|
|Callie Negro||as||Lorraine Fleming|
|Anne Marie Brown||as||Ethel/Waiter|
|Brandon Greenaway||as||Julia Marsh|
|Erik Ramirez||as||Bert Barry|
|Anthony Finke||as||Billy Lawlor|
|Ava Picheo||as||Dorothy Brock|
|Andrew Berg||as||Pat Denning|
|Julia Dellapena||as||Abner Dillon/Dancer|
Stage crew includes Matt Cupo, Christina Vasquez, Michael Latoracca, and Andrea Gadaleta. Lighting and sound are directed by Stephen Lovretin and James Lovretin. Artists/set were James Lovretin, Stephen Lovretin, Jessica Sancillio, and Matt Turtoro. Student choreophgrahers are Morgan Hargrave, Brandon Greenaway, and Emily Remenschneider. Ticket sales are overseen by Maria Barrow.
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