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

Covering the time period between Cohan's birth in 1878 to his retirement from the stage in 1937, the story tells of his rise to success from a poor background, becoming a star of Vaudeville and Broadway with his performing family until the twilight of the era of his song and dance style when his top hat and cane act just wasn't as popular anymore.

The group started rehearsals in December, and 10th-grader Brundage said it's been very demanding work, but very rewarding at the same time.

I've been waiting for something like this for a long time, she said of her starring role. This is going to be a really great show, and I especially like the musical montage and all of the singing and dancing we have some really energetic numbers in this show.

Barattini, a senior, said his favorite part of the performance will be the final bow on the final night.

I think when it's all over and we are getting the audience's applause, all of our hard work is going to pay off, he said. That's really the part I look forward to the most -- that's the payoff.

The VVS Central High School is located at the intersection of Beacon Light Road and Route 31 in Verona, and showtime for the Mar. 7 and Mar. 8 shows is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for reserved seating are $8 and available by calling 339-6279 or e-mailing vvsmusical@yahoo.com.

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