This marks the sixteenth year of musical theatre at Waterford District High School.This year, WDHS has chosen “Nice Work If You Can Get It” as its spring show.There are 34 students involved in several elements of the show including lighting, sound, set construction, stage crew, and cast members. Participation is all extracurricular. There are also three teachers and seven adults from the community helping bring the performance together.Auditions for the show were held in November 2018. The cast members received their scripts to read over the winter break, and the core cast of main characters began rehearsals in January. The cast has been holding rehearsals two nights a week in preparation for the opening night.The three weeks approaching the show have been full tech, full costume, and full cast rehearsals.The cast performed a matinee show for elementary school students on April 24 in preparation for the first official show.“It’s a two and a half hour show, it’s going to seem professional to you,” said Janet Dickson, the director of the show and head of Arts at WDHS.“I would say we have amateur but entertaining dancing.”The show features songs from the 1920s written by George and Ira Gershwin. Similar to the style of Mama Mia, the songs existed prior to the show, and the script was written around them.In the lead roles are Gavin Geerts as Jimmy Winter and McKenna Campbell as Billie Bendix.Dickson says the audience will be in for a twist when they see the show.“I think they’re going to hear some songs that are familiar to them, but the plot is a surprise, and there’s a plot twist at the end,” said Dickson.The original show was on Broadway in 2012 and was nominated for a few Tony awards.“It’s great to be able to make people laugh. The music and dancing are uplifting and very energetic,” said Dickson. “Everyone has been working hard to prepare for their roles.”Show dates are April 25, 26, and 27 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee at 1:30 p.m. on April 27. Tickets are available at the door.

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