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V-V-S thespians tell the story of 'George M!'

The Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Central School spring musical George M! will hit the school's stage this weekend offering an energetic show with very few breaks in the action, promises star Nathaniel McEwen.

It's a fast-paced show, the VVS junior said. The dances will be especially fun, and I think it'll be a really exciting show to watch.

Directed by Ken Drake and featuring the talents of the VVS drama club and music department, the show stars McEwen as famed composer George M. Cohan, Ethan Law as his father Jerry Cohan, Chantal Brundage as mother Nellie Cohan, Ariel Brim as sister Josie Cohan, Sarah Marshall as Ethel Levey, Melissa Markowski as Agnes Nolan and Michael Barattini in dual starring roles as both Mr. Albee and Sam Harris.

The biographical musical story tells the tale of the life of Cohan, writer of such classic songs as Yankee Doodle, Nellie Kelly and You're a Grand Old Flag.

Drake, who is joined in guiding the student thespians by vocal director Sue Tyler, choreographer Erica Martin and pit band director Marjorie Hawthorne, said the show is a bit of a change from the standard high school musical fare.

It's a very different kind of show, because it is biographical, Drake said, adding the show wouldn't have been possible without the superlative talents of the VVS performers.

Any time you have a story about a particular individual, you have to see if someone in the troupe has the capacity to play that role, Drake said. Nathaniel McEwen had the potential, and then a good audition, and the rest just started falling into place. We'll see the people who were associated with George, and we have a good core of actors who can play those key supporting roles. We have a great depth of talent here, and that's how I knew we could present this show.

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