"Singin' in the Rain" comes to Poland Seminary High School courtesy of 90 talented and hardworking members of the drama club, The Poland Players directed by Candy Fonagy. Rehearsals began the first week of February filling the auditorium, and sometimes the hall ways too, with singing and dancing.
Playing the roles made famous by Gene Kelley, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds are Pat Lyons as Don Lockwood, David Lankitus as Cosmo Brown and Sarah Gleydura as Kathy Selden.
Don Lockwood and his silent movie partner Lina Lamont, played by Sarah Comstock, are struggling to make the transition from the silent movies to the talkies due to Lina's less-than-melodious voice. Cosmo, Kathy and the studio producer (Mitch Thompson) and director (Cameron Dinopoulos) hatch a plan to dub Lina's lines with Kathy's voice without Lina knowing. Havoc ensues along with beautiful music by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed to complement the delightful story by Broadway legends, Betty Comden and Adolf Green.
Photos by Mike Capps, Town Crier correspondent
In the Poland Players' production of “Singing In the Rain,” Patrick Lyons plays the part of Don Lockwood, who duels with Gaspard de la Nuit, played by Anthony Marchionda, to protects his love, Lina LaMont.
Jeff Hvizdos, the music director, has gathered a dozen student musicians to accompany the performers and vocal director Stephanie Chismar is working with all of the cast to bring such tunes as "You Stepped Out of a Dream,"
"Make 'em Laugh," "Moses Supposes," "Good Mornin'," and of course "Singin' in the Rain" to life. Choreography is by Rebecca Sobinovsky.
Performances will be Thursday through Saturday, April 18, 19 and 20. Curtain each night is at 7 p.m. The box office will open at 6:15 with tickets prices of $5 for students and senior citizens and $8 for adults. Call 330-757-7018, ext. 0 for further information.