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Poland Players just wanna have fun

March 30, 2012
By Kathleen Palumbo , Town Crier correspondent

For some it will be an evening of reminiscence, for others, a resurgence of tunes making a comeback, and for all, it is intended to bring some fun to a school community in need of just that.

Poland High School drama coach Candy Fonagy shared that it was while tossing around the idea of musicals that she and musical director, Jeff Hvizdos shared the thought that while the school has done many more formal productions, "We felt Poland, especially, needed fun," adding that fun is what she started looking for.

With this her 22nd show, Fonagy said she has never repeated a play and doesn't think she ever will, saying, "It's like a babyyou love it the way it is."

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Poland Players will offer a trip “Back to the 80’s' on April 19, 20, and 21, as a means of putting a few smiles on the faces of their audience members. Leads include Patrick Lyons, Kevin Krumpak, Anna Rumberg, John Bannon, Ashlee Weaver, Dan Kreatsoulas, and Katie Becherer.

Penned by Neil Gooding in 2007, "Back to the 80's" is the story of a man reflecting on his senior year at William Ocean High School and includes such 80's classics as Love Shack, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, and Footloose, "I think across the board, everyone's going to relate to it," said Fonagy.

The cast of approximately 60 and additional 15 in crew includes students from 9th through 12th grades, in addition to an eighth grade student who will be doing makeup.

Very accommodating in regards to schedule, Fonagy makes adjustments to include athletes in productions. They bring a team attitude. It's just a whole other dimension," said Fonagy, adding that the flexibility that allows the schools athletes to participate brings another whole audience into the picture as well.

Sharing that auditions were held in January, Fonagy said daily two hour rehearsals have continued since, on Monday through Friday, and will increase as the show nears.

Much of the choreography is done by the kids themselves, in addition to PSHS teacher Becky Sobinovsky.

Sharing that her husband has had a recurring role as the general contractor for the Poland Players' sets, Fonagy said he handles the major tools and teaches the kids all other aspects.

Scheduled for April 19th, 20th, and 21st, tickets for "Back to the 80's" are available at the door at a price of $5 for students and senior citizens, and $8 for adults.

Fonagy shared that the drama department is completely self-funded, with ticket sales determining what they can and can't do.

Speaking on the production meant to bring a little fun into an area in need of some smiles, Fonagy said, "I dare people to sit out there and not sing or dance in their seats."



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