April 27, 1998
'Saving the Savoy' at Cedarcrest
Tapdancers (standing, from left), Holly Ellis, Nichole Deason, Julie Jacobs, Lejla Mulalic, Sarah Seaton. (Kneeling), Sarah Gustat, Emily Schmale, Melissa Filer.
Production is student's senior project
DUVALL--Vaudeville is enjoying a revival at the Cedarcrest High School theater as drama students ready for their spring production, "Saving the Savoy." The show, which is being produced as part of student Ricky Castro's senior project, will be presented May 6, 7 & 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school theater.
The Savoy is an old small town vaudeville theater that is scheduled to be torn down and replaced by a parking garage. But Bill Bailey (Geoffrey Oestreich), who owns the theater, and Patsy Locke, a local high school teacher, and her students want to make it a historical landmark. In doing so, they must fight off a greedy construction company. While exploring the old building, the students are visited by the ghosts of the some of the performers who lit up that very stage in the 1920's, including Nora Bayes, Jack Norworth, Anna Held, George M. Cohan and Groucho Marx. The students convince Bailey they can save the theater by recreating a typical vaudeville show to get the Landmark Commission's attention. The stars help Bailey, Patsy Locke (Marilee Valenta) and her students put on the show.
Dancers dressed in the traditional clothes of old musicals tap to the familar songs both written or sung by the big names of show business. This is a fast-paced historical show combined with classic romance between the construction supervisor and the drama teacher. The tension builds as the performance date comes closer and a special tie appears that the supervisor has to both the theater and his company.
The students at Cedarcrest spent countless hours perfecting the stage and the appearance it will give off on the "big night," and weeks writing and perfecting a script that is just right. Admission is $5 for adults and students without ASB card, $3 for senior citizens and students with ASB card and $2 for children. All admission proceeds will be used to complete the CHS auditorium lighting system.