The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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March 22, 2013

Lyndonville, Medina students star in "Anything Goes"

Medina Journal-Register — LYNDONVILLE — The spring musical staring students from both Lyndonville and Medina has proven to be the best example of the two schools creating opportunities by sharing programs.

Talented performers from both schools lead the cast of “Anything Goes,” a high-energy comedy featuring dancing, singing, romancing and mistaken identities. The show is being performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Lyndonville’s Storyan Auditorium.

Musical Director Jennifer Trupo said this year’s show pulls together talents from a wide-range of students, with five foreign exchange students and more than 60 students from Medina and Lyndonville in the cast, crew and orchestra.

“It’s such a blend of students,” Trupo said. “In theatre, they all come together ... this has been such a positive for them.”

“You get the best of both schools,” said Medina’s Cameron Morgan, who plays stockbroker Billy Crocker. “These are people I hadn’t met before (last year), now we’re friends.”

The show features an ensemble of wild characters. Morgan said Crocker, who hops on-board the cross-Atlantic cruise to follow a girl he has fallen in love with, is an enjoyable to take on.

“He’s a very playful, outgoing and sociable character,” Morgan said.

Heather Mufford of Lyndonville plays Reno Sweeney, a former evangelist turned nightclub singer. Mufford, who has participated in Lyndonville’s productions since fifth grade, said Sweeney is a challenging role.

”It’s not like me at all, getting into the character has been a lot of work,” Mufford said.

The show’s heavy use of tap dancing has given students another skill to learn together. Both Mufford and Morgan said they weren’t great dancers going in, but the whole cast gets in on the act during show-stopping songs like the “Blow, Gabriel, Blow”.

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