GREENE – It may be snowy and blowy here, but the Greene Footlights cast will be “Singin’ in the Rain” this weekend, with shows at 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the high school auditorium.
This MGM classic has been adapted to fit the stage and each unforgettable scene, song and dance, is accounted for, including the show stopping title number, complete with an onstage rainstorm. Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue, and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards make “Singin’ in the Rain” the perfect entertainment for any fan of the golden age of movie musicals.
This high school production includes 40 student cast members, one high school teacher and one community member who will make a cameo appearance. Chris DaCosta is playing Don Lockwood, Eli Carlin is playing Cosmo Brown, Maggie Cass is playing Kathy Selden and Sharayah Westover is playing Lina Lamont.
This play offers a lighthearted depiction of Hollywood, with the stars portraying performers caught up in the transition from silent films to “talkies.” The Greene Footlights has incorporated several avenues for education during this production by filming the black and white sword fighting scenes at the Roberson Museum in Binghamton. High School students were also involved in doing some research on this era. They will have a display in the auditorium foyer during the show weekend on the 1920’s and 30’s as well as information on the Theatre in Greene that showed silent films. Also being created is a ‘Fan Magazine’ with stars from the show. This involved the collaboration of teachers volunteering after school with a group of high school writers. These will be available for sale in the lobby as well as used on stage during the performance. Many hours of dance choreography was supplied by a local dance studio, “Step up and Dance.” Lastly, three graduates of Greene came back to volunteer their expertise in cinematography, sword fighting instruction and tango lessons.
Admission is $6 for guests age 5 and above. Children 4 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased in advance through Showtix at www.showtix4u.com. Tickets will also be available at the door an hour before each performance.