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The Tattoo

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April 7, 1997

Schools plan for spring musicals

Tattoo Staff Writer

    Music is in the air at Bristol’s high
schools this spring. Students are hard at work
on their respective productions.
   'Funny Girl' is Eastern’s second play of the
year while 'Grease' and 'Snow White' are Central and
St. Paul’s first.
    Bristol Eastern‘s production of 'Funny Girl'
centers around Fanny Brice, a comedian who
believes she will one day become a famous stage
actress. She begins her career in vaudeville,
and rises to fame in the Ziegfeld Follies.
    Fanny ‘s rise to fame ­ the focus of the
play ­ was unexpected because it came at a time
when women in show business couldn't get very
far without looks, which are something Fanny
doesn’t t have. 
    Incorporated in the play is Fanny's
relationship with Nick Arnstein, a man she met
after one of her performances and eventually
fell in love with.
    Some of the songs in this musical are
"People," "I'm The Greatest Star," "Don't Rain
On My Parade," and "If A Girl Isn't Pretty."
    The cast of 55 includes Michelle Driscoll 
as Fanny Brice, Luis Hilerio as Nick Arnstein,
Jessica Zarrella as Mrs. Brice, and Dave
Driscoll as Eddie Ryan.  
    At Central, the show is a  ‘50s boy-meet-
girl story, 'Grease.'
    In this play, Sandy is a new girl at Rydell
High. Frenchie, a member of the Pink Ladies, the
most exclusive clique in the school, takes Sandy
under her wing. The rest of the Pink Ladies,
however, have doubts about Sandy fitting in with
    Sandy meets Danny Zuko, her summer love,
once again at Rydell.  She couldn't be happier
to see him because she didn't think they'd meet
again. Danny, however, plays it cool to impress
his buddies. The play focuses on the repeated
attempts of Sandy and Danny to renew their
relationship despite their many differences.
    "Freddy My Love," "Grease Lightning,"
"Summer Nights," and "You're The One That I
Want" are among the songs in the musical.
    Carolyn Strelau and Jayson Beaulieu appear
as Sandy and Danny Zuko. The rest of the cast
includes Jennifer Huntley as Rizzo, Nicole
Durrant as Frenchie, Gina Calderoni as Marty,
John Isreal as Roger, M.L. Robinson as Kenickie,
Chris Blum as Doody, Frank Curtain as Sonny, and
Crystal Bilodaeu as Jan.
    At St. Paul, on a musical production of 'Snow
White And The Seven Dwarfs.'
    Snow White is envied by her stepmother, the
Evil Queen who’s jealously causes her to try to
have Snow White killed, but a kind hunter lets
her live instead. Snow White stumbles upon the
cottage home of seven dwarfs. She stays with
them and lives happily until the Evil Queen
discovers she's still alive and tries, once
again, to kill her.
    The songs in this musical include "I Like
Your Style,"  "Oh, My Prince," "Howdy Doo!"
"Work, Work, Work," and "Magic Spell."
    The cast includes Jen Brennan as Snow White,
Josie Graham as the Evil Queen, Rachael Moehl as
Esmarelda, and Kristin Tanguay as the Crone.
    Take advantage of these rarely seen live
performances and help support our local high
schools’ music departments.

GREASE:  Performances are April 11, 12 and 13,
with an 8 p.m. curtain for the performances on
the 11th and 12th. The final performance is a 2
p.m. matinee. Tickets are $9 for adults and
$7 for students and seniors.
FUNNY GIRL: Performances are at 7 p.m. at
Bristol Eastern High School on May 16, 17, and
18. Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for

are May 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for
adults and $3 for students and seniors.

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