New Castle News

Closer Look

March 31, 2012

Photos, Video, Story: Neshannock presents spring musical ‘No, No, Nanette’

NEW CASTLE — (Video highlights and cast list appear below the story.)

Nowhere is it written that Neshannock High School music director Mike Cavalier has to come up with gigantic productions every year.

But he does.

Cavalier knows that rollicking and razzle-dazzle done with the polish of a Broadway show are what has earned the school its reputation for over-the-top, quality extravaganzas.

This year, a three-act musical comedy set in the 1920s is packed with nostalgia, tap dance, slapstick, a 28-piece orchestra and well-known songs. All those elements bring in a huge yes vote for “No, No, Nanette.”

The actors are on the same page with their director.

“It’s all about giving the audience the most professional production we can possibly put on,” Cavalier said. “This is more than just a high school show.”

DANCE, DANCE, DANCE

Tap dancing is a key component in this year’s offering.

According to Cavalier, “ ‘No, No, Nanette’ was last done at Neshannock in 1983, and there haven’t been any shows incorporating tap for about 15 years.”

For junior Macy McBeth, who plays Nanette, tap dancing makes her as giddy as one of the major songs, “I Want to Be Happy.”

Having danced for 11 years with sights set on majoring in musical theater at Kent State University, McBeth is also pleased with the variety of dances included.

“These are old-fashioned type numbers with couples dancing and soft shoe,” Cavalier interjected.

“We’re bringing Fred and Ginger here,” he said, referring to Astaire and Rogers. “We’ve got two tap numbers and both are huge.”

The part of Nanette’s mom, Lucille, is played by senior Allison Hutchison who studied dance for four years.

“Our shows are always dance oriented,” pointed out Hutchison, who will attend York College of Pennsylvania for music business and recording technology.

Jenna Richardson, a junior who has danced for 13 years, has the part of Sue Smith.

Choreographer Julie Garda works out routines and keeps everyone on their toes.

There was even a session called Tap Boot Camp, and Cavalier credits the eight males and eight females who, on Dec. 17, had never tapped before. They do now.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Closer Look
  • school.jpg Union to return assistant principal post

    The Union Area School District will have a new administrator when the 2014-15 school year starts. The board voted 8-0 Wednesday night to hire an assistant principal. Debra Allebach was absent.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Calen.tiff Callen gets state honors

    Robert Callen has been selected to receive a state award for his contribution to local government in Pennsylvania. Callen, 58, executive director of the Lawrence County Regional Council of Governments, received the Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bobosky.jpg Gas holdouts unconvinced of safety

    When Suzanne Matteo and her husband, Martin, bought their house on four acres in Pulaski Township they had a plan. They would grow a huge vegetable garden, raise lots of flowers and a few chickens and enjoy the fresh air and quiet.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Miller.jpg Wilmington superintendent discusses common core

    The Wilmington district has no reason to fear new Pennsylvania Core standards, superintendent Dr. Michelle Miller said. She talked about the standards to approximately two dozen residents at the school board’s monthly pre-meeting Monday.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Shreck.tiff Schreck reappointed Shenango superintendent

    Dr. Michael Schreck has been reappointed as Shenango’s superintendent for a five-year term. The school board approved his reappointment by an 8-0 vote Monday. Nicholas Manolis was absent.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • vote.jpg Congressional candidate disqualified

    Commonwealth Court has removed a Democratic candidate for the 3rd Congressional District seat from the May 20 primary ballot. Judge Bernard L. McGinley has invalidated the nomination petitions of Mel A. Marin of Sharon.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • money.jpg Up through the ground comes education cash

    Democrats running for governor seem to be competing to convince voters they will dip deepest into the pockets of gas drillers to replace $1 billion that Gov. Tom Corbett has cut from education spending.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • money.jpg Shenango passes tax abatement

    Shenango Township supervisors unanimously approved a tax abatement for Blackwatch Properties LLC when they met Thursday.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • manna.jpg John K. Manna: Proposals in Harrisburg fail to reflect reality

    My, how time flies. The city of New Castle is in already in its eighth year as a distressed municipality under state Act 47.

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • amish.tiff Officers wear Amish women’s garb to lure suspect

    Two police officers posing as Amish women tried to catch a man who reportedly was exposing himself to Amish children.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

House Ads
Seasonal Content
Section Teases
Must Read
Continuous Super Bowl Coverage