Three young sailors will run amuck in New York City when Skaneateles High School's fall production, "On The Town," opens at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6.
The play, originally written by Jerome Robbins and performed as a ballet, takes place during World War II and focuses on Naval servicemen Gabey, Chip and Ozzie, all apparently from small towns scattered across the United States. When they arrive in the Big Apple, they have one thing on their mind.
"They're all looking for dates," said Michael Kringer, director.
As the musical progresses, Gabey, played by Jonathan Mushock, falls in love with a poster on the train of "Miss Turnstiles," whose actual name is Ivy Smith, played by Kelly McDonald. His love at first sight quickly turns into the search of a lifetime.
As Gabey and his counterparts Chip and Ozzie, played by Ryan DeVoe and Kai Martin, search for Ivy, the three find adventure around each corner as they employ anyone and everyone they can in their hunt for the lovely Miss Turnstiles.
"They spend the whole day trying to find her," Kringer said.
The musical not only calls for acting as the sailors try desperately to find Ivy, but also involves singing and dancing which Kringer thinks is why the production isn't performed very often. But for some of the students cast in "On The Town," the singing and dancing is exactly why they love this year's play.
With approximately 40 students in the cast, Marilyn Oliver, a junior at SHS, plays the part of Maude P. Dilly, a voice teacher for Ivy who can be a little crude at times.
"Her personality changes quickly," Oliver said.
Her character can be really mean at times and a sweetheart at others, Oliver said. Maude is also supposed to speak with an accent and has a fondness for alcohol, making the role even more fun.
"I love it because it's so out of character for me," Oliver said. "You just have so much fun with it."
In her fifth production, Oliver said she got her start with a couple of school plays, a love of singing and a deep interest in musicals. She's come to enjoy each production she is a part of, she added.
Her character, along with all the rest, are sure to keep the crowd laughing with witty references that both the young and old will understand.