The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


February 10, 2013

Curtains rising | Students in region rehearsing for high school musicals, plays



“The Boy Friend”

“The Boy Friend” is the ultimate romantic comedy. Written in the 1950s by Sandy Wilson, it is set in 1926 in Nice, France. The beauty and popularity of the French Riviera is reflected throughout the story.

The story opens on Madame Dubonnet’s finishing school, where five young British girls (Polly Browne, Maisie, Nancy, Dulcie and Fay) are chatting about the ball that evening. They are hoping to pair up with their prospective boyfriends (Alphonse, Pierre, Marcel and the rich American Bobby Van Husen) that night. Polly has invented an imaginary boyfriend because her widowed father (Percival Browne) has forbidden her to date, fearing that all men would only be after her money.

Polly, an English heiress, falls in love with Tony, a delivery boy. Conscious of her father’s warning to beware of boys dating her for her family’s money, Polly pretends to be just a secretary. Things get complicated with the unexpected arrival in Nice of Polly’s parents and Lord and Lady Brockhurst. It turns out that Lord and Lady Brockhurst are in fact Tony’s wealthy parents. Polly and Tony have shared the same secret, they both come from wealthy families.

“The students have been working very diligently toward putting this production together. It is not a well-known show, but it’s a fun show, and that fun is beginning to show through in the students’ performance. It has been a learning experience for me as well, because I did not know this show very well before I chose it. I think the subject matter is something that the kids can relate to as well – girl meets boy, girl looses boy, girl and boy reunite. It’s a timeless story, really. One big surprise for me is that the students love the fact that it’s set in the 1920s. All the cast has been talking about for months now is costumes, hairstyles, the choreography and the music. I’m very excited to continue rehearsals and to watch this show unfold.”

Sean Cogan, director

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