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Horace Greeley Students Prepare for Show Opening

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - Two months of hard work will finally be unveiled on Thursday night when young actors and actresses from Horace Greeley High School perform The Drowsy Chaperone in front of a live audience.

Wednesday is the last day of rehearsals for the students, who have been working on the show since September. "We have a whole bunch of work to do, but yeah, we'll open on Thursday," said Christopher Schraufnagel, a theater teacher at HGHS and the show's director. "The show must go on."

Schraufnagel said the group is making up for lost time after the pre-Halloween snowstorm caused power outages at the school, canceling a number of scheduled rehearsals. "We've had some technical setbacks with the whole storm and not having power for like a week," he said. "We're totally rushing, but hopefully this will all be done by Thursday."

The show was chosen by Schraufnagel, music director Maureen Callan and orchestra conductor Ray Lucia. "The three of us sort of chatted and decided on a show," said Schraufnagel.

The show, given the tagline "A Musical within a Comedy," begins with the unnamed Man in Chair, played by Alex Gold, speaking to the audience. Soon, the man's dingy apartment turns into the setting of a musical as the records he plays begin to come alive.

The Drowsy Chaperone originally debuted in 1998 and also had a run on Broadway from May 2006 to December 2007. In the school's adaptation of the show, the title role will be played by Rachel Gans.

Other roles include: Jessica Perelman as Mrs. Tottendale; Brian Swinner as Underling; Sky Jarrett as Robert Martin; Jake Sussman as George; Chris Valenti as Feldzieg; Cyndi Bonacum as Kitty; Joran Miller as Gangster #1; Alex Martinez as Gangster #2; Emerson Obus as Aldolph; Emma Freeman as Janet Van de Graaf; and Alexandria Skolnick as Trix the Aviatrix.

In addition to Thursday night’s performance, there will also be showings on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. The show we be performed in the theater of HGHS and admission is $10.

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