Taking the Stage

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A jazzy update of Shakespeare, an interactive fairy tale for kids and a musical fable of Broadway: take your pick, as three high schools in the up-valley present theatrical productions next weekend.

At Valley View High School, Leonard Bernstein's modern-day retelling of "Romeo and Juliet," "West Side Story," will be presented Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m. in the high school auditorium, 1 Columbus Drive, Archbald.

More than 100 students are involved in this year's production, under the direction of Gina Lupini and Jovanna Rusnak, with choreography adapted and restaged by Nick Lazor and the production team of Ken Rupp, Paul Hansen and Amy Wilensky. The directors enlisted the assistance of drama/theatrical experts Tony Nicosia, Joseph Caputo and Theo Lencicki.

Tickets are $10; $8 for students and are available at the door or in advance at Valley View Middle School. Call 876-6461.

Meanwhile, the Carbondale Area High School Drama Club will present an adaptation of the Brothers Grimm classic fairy tale "Snow White" Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2, at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium, 101 Brooklyn St., Carbondale.

It's an interactive version for kids ages 3-10, in which the audience will be asked by the actors to take an active role in the play, from becoming a forest of trees to hide Snow White from the Wicked Queen, to actually playing some of the dwarfs. The show has a running time of about 40 minutes.

Tickets, which can be purchased at the door the evening of the show, are $5; $3 for children. The proceeds will benefit the drama club's spring production. The show is being directed by Bob Shlesinger.

And at Lakeland High Schoool, Frank Loesser's light-hearted tale of the denizens of Broadway, "Guys and Dolls," will be presented Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m. in the high school auditorium, 1593 Lakeland Drive, Scott Township. The artistic director is Catherine Carter and Bryan Brophy is the drama club musical and vocal director. Tickets are $10; $5 for students, and free for children younger than 10 (must be accompanied by an adult).

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