WESTFIELD, NJ – A romantic comedy detailing misadventures in love is almost ready to light up the stage.

The Westfield High School Theatre Department will present Sweet Charity Thursday, March 14, Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m.

Sweet Charity, based on the book by Neil Simon, score by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and original choreography by Bob Fosse, is inspired by Federico Fellini’s “Nights of Cabiria,” and follows the love life of Charity Hope Valentine, a dance hall hostess in 1960’s New York.

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Charity in her many misadventures finds love as she meets vibrant characters along the way, including her sleazy manager Herman, famous Italian film actor Vittorio Vidal and a few cynical girlfriends.

“One of the challenges of the show is that everything is intended to flow non-stop,” said Director Daniel Devlin. “It requires remarkable coordination and communication between lights and sound and orchestra and performers, etc.”

The romantic comedy includes comical characters, including Daddy Brubeck, a phony evangelist, played by Westfield High School sophomore Sean Marner.

“I’ve honestly been having a lot of fun this week, seeing everything come together,” Marner said. “Especially in the number I am featured in, it is cool seeing it transform from something we learned to something so cohesive and natural.”

What should audiences look forward to when seeing this show?

“It is a very funny story, and yet, it also questions how we validate ourselves, particularly women and how they are treated by society,” Devlin said. “So there is actual depth behind what is happening on stage, but also remarkable choreography and lighting and sound for a high school production.”

Performances will be held in the Westfield High School auditorium, 550 Dorian Road, Thursday, March 14 Friday, March 15, and Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $14 each and can be bought online at whstd.booktix.com or at the door. Seating is reserved.

Writer Hanna Zakharenko is a Westfield High School Senior participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Westfield.