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Norwin Theatre Club offers its take on 42nd Street

Lillian DeDomenic | For The Norwin Star - A dance number with Davion Heron, as Billy, Stephanie Smrekar, as Peggy, and Dustin Pearlstrom as Julian, in The Norwin Theatre Club's production of '42nd Street.' The show opens on March 14 and runs through March 17 at the Norwin High School Center for the Performing Arts.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>     Lillian DeDomenic | For The Norwin Star</em></div>A dance number with Davion Heron, as Billy, Stephanie Smrekar, as Peggy, and Dustin Pearlstrom as Julian, in The Norwin Theatre Club's production of '42nd Street.' The show opens on March 14 and runs through March 17 at the Norwin High School Center for the Performing Arts.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Norwin Star - Emily Welsh plays Dorothy Brock, a well-known Broadway diva who breaks her ankle and can't perform. The Norwin Theatre Club's production of '42nd Street' opens on March 14 and runs through March 17 at the Norwin High School Center for the Performing Arts.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>     Lillian DeDomenic | For The Norwin Star</em></div>Emily Welsh plays Dorothy Brock, a well-known Broadway diva who breaks her ankle and can't perform. The Norwin Theatre Club's production of '42nd Street' opens on March 14 and runs through March 17 at the Norwin High School Center for the Performing Arts.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Norwin Star - Dustin Pearlstrom, as Broadway producer Julian Marsh, Cody Stoker, as Bert, and Katelyn Kachman, as Anytime Annie, act out a scene from The Norwin Theatre Club's production of '42nd Street.' The show opens on March 14 and runs through March 17 at the Norwin High School Center for the Performing Arts.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>     Lillian DeDomenic | For The Norwin Star</em></div>Dustin Pearlstrom, as Broadway producer Julian Marsh, Cody Stoker, as Bert, and Katelyn Kachman, as Anytime Annie, act out a scene from The Norwin Theatre Club's production of '42nd Street.' The show opens on March 14 and runs through March 17 at the Norwin High School Center for the Performing Arts.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Norwin Star - Katelyn Kachman, who plays Anytime Annie, dances with Davion Heron, who plays Billy, in a scene from the The Norwin Theatre Club's production of '42nd Street.' The show opens on March 14 and runs through March 17 at the Norwin High School Center for the Performing Arts.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>     Lillian DeDomenic | For The Norwin Star</em></div>Katelyn Kachman, who plays Anytime Annie, dances with Davion Heron, who plays Billy, in a scene from the The Norwin Theatre Club's production of '42nd Street.'  The show opens on March 14 and runs through March 17 at the Norwin High School Center for the Performing Arts.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Norwin Star - Stephanie Smrekar, as Peggy Sawyer, Taylor Puc, as Phyllis, and Kyley Klass, as Maggie, in a scene from The Norwin Theatre Club's production of '42nd Street.' The show opens on March 14 and runs through March 17 at the Norwin High School Center for the Performing Arts.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>     Lillian DeDomenic | For The Norwin Star</em></div>Stephanie Smrekar, as Peggy Sawyer, Taylor Puc, as Phyllis, and Kyley Klass, as Maggie, in a scene from The Norwin Theatre Club's production of '42nd Street.' The show opens on March 14 and runs through March 17 at the Norwin High School Center for the Performing Arts.

If you want to go

The Norwin Theatre Club's production of “42nd Street” opens March 14, at 8 p.m. in the Norwin High School auditorium.

Additional performances are March 15 and March 16 at 8 p.m. and a matinee on March 17 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens, ages 65 and older, and are available online at www.norwintheatreclub.com or one hour before each performance.

For more information, call Paula DeLuise at 724-953-3071, or padel1@verizon.net.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

The Norwin Theatre Club plans to bring a taste of Broadway to the high school with its production of “42nd Street.”

The show runs March 14 to 17 and features a cast and crew of about 90 students. It tells the story of the auditioning and rehearsal process for “Pretty Lady,” a fictional Broadway production, set in 1933, and the drama leading up to its opening night through song and dance.

Co-director Lauren McCurdy said the story takes begins as the “Pretty Lady” star, Dorothy Brock, played by Emily Welsh, injures her ankle and is replaced by a young actress, Peggy Sawyer, played by Stephanie Smrekar.

“It's really a show within a show,” McCurdy said. “They almost end up canceling the show but end up working through it, which really makes up our show.”

The club began working on the play in August with McCurdy and co-director and choreographer Erin Shrader with tap-dance lessons, and auditions began in December. They began rehearsals during the students' winter break, McCurdy said.

“It takes a lot of organization and planning, but our students are really invested in this entire process,” McCurdy said. “It's so exciting to see this coming all together.”

Smrekar, a senior, said she has dreamed of being a lead in one of the school's musicals since she was a little girl. She said she is honored to be a part of the club's production of a Broadway classic.

She described it as an entertaining play.

“I just really love the show,” Smrekar said. “It's a really big change from past shows, where we did lesser-known musicals.

“It's really fun to take on a show that's been out there and is so well known.”

Dustin Pealstrom, a senior who plays “Pretty Lady” director Julian Marsh, said the show is punctuated with a lot of high-energy choreography. Although he doesn't do a lot of dancing, Pealstrom said, the choreography helps bring the show together.

Smrekar, whose character dances throughout the entire show, said it was a challenge to get used to doing a lot of dancing.

“I haven't taken a dance class since I was young,” she said. “But I love every minute of it, dancing, and I'm glad I was able to get used to it.

“I'm just very excited for the show.”

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626, or bpedersen@tribweb.com.

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