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'Wonderful Town' to Light up Mt. Greylock Stage

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mt. Greylock will perform "Wonderful Town" for its spring musical on March 8 - 10 at 7 p.m in the school’s auditorium.

The production of Wonderful Town is directed by Mt. Greylock faculty member Jeff Welch, curriculum leader for history and music, and brings together more than 40 students on stage, in the crew and in the pit orchestra.

Tickets for the performances are $6 for students and seniors and $8 for adults and may be purchased at the door.

"Wonderful Town" premiered on Broadway in 1953 and was revived in 2003.  The musical has won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Choreography.  Written by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov and based on their 1940 play My Sister Eileen, a work itself inspired by a collection of stories authored by Ruth McKenney.

"Wonderful Town" traces the adventures and misadventures of two sisters who move from their comfortable Ohio town to Greenwich Village in pursuit of their dreams. 

“I saw Wonderful Town with the Mt. Greylock High School Chorus on Broadway in 2004,” Welch recalled.  “It is a dynamite production that fits our students well and should appeal to a broad audience.”

Senior, Karl Mick, who plays the role of Robert Baker, said, “I love the experience the characters have in New York City, finding themselves, and developing relationships with a diverse range of people.”

Mary Laidlaw, also a senior, plays one of the sisters, Ruth Sherwood.  “Wonderful Town is a classic story with a unique twist,” Laidlaw said.  It manages to be inspirational, entertaining, funny, serious, and imparts a powerful message – never to give up your dreams.”

For more information, contact Jeff Welch at jpwelch@mgrhs.org or (413) 458-9582, Ext. 109.
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