NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – Northbridge High School Drama Club members have put on their dancing shoes and are exercising their vocal chords for an upcoming performance of “White Christmas.’’
The musical will be performed Dec.13 and 14 at 7 p.m., and Dec.15 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Northbridge High School theater, 427 Linwood Ave.
Co-advisers Rebecca Wright and Jeff Warzecha are directing 28 talented students, most of whom have little dancing experience.
That lack of experience doesn’t bother student choreographer Megan Kosciak, a student at the Cathy Taylor School of Dance who also plays a leading role in the play. “She’s doing a fantastic job,’’ Wright said of Kosciak. Of the students, Kosciak said, “They’re picking it up; I’m working them hard."
Student music director is Derek Wielsma, a sophomore who has been playing piano for 10 years. He started working on the show in May, Wright said.
It’s a perfect play for Northbridge, she added, because it reflects the town’s values. “The whole play is about a community coming together to help,’’ she said.
“I started jumping up and down when I learned we’d be doing 'White Christmas,'" Kosciak said, as it's her father’s favorite holiday movie.
Wright said she and fellow director Warzecha are a good match. “He’s totally laid back and I’m like, 'Let’s go, let’s go.'’’ They have one key thing in common - both delight in the students' accomplishments. During rehearsals, the adults' applause and laughter is heard mixing with the acting and singing voices of students coming from the auditorium every afternoon.
For the first time, the lead roles are being double cast. “We have two Judys and two Marthas, etc.,’’ Wright said, which puts more students under the spotlight.
Backstage manager Olivia Ellis, a senior, said managing a dance musical with its many costume changes is a “little more complicated’’ than the previous plays she’s managed.
Cast members are Matt Vera, Josh Beauregard, Rachel Driscoll, Allie Driscoll, Jesse-Tyler Lemoine, Joe Boulette, Cody Bilodeau, Janet Haas, Amberly Wright, Megan Kosciak, Reagan Mahoney, Dayanara Goulet, Emma Fitzgerald, Trevor Robertson, Isabelle Price, Heather Long, Amelia Wright, Danielle Redden, Alicia Leclair, Hannah Borghetti, Dylan Aquino, Jorgi Adee, Sarah Menard, Erin Kelly, Aubrey Plante, Dan Fry, Olivia Ellis, Derek Wielsma and Kevin Halpin.
Tickets are $10, $7 for seniors and students.
In conjunction with the play on Saturday, Dec. 15, Operation Graduation will host a spaghetti supper at the school at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. The cost is $12 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and children 12 and under, and $40 per family.