CV Prepares "Nice Work If You Can Get It"

Posted on 02/16/2018
by Katie Kerr
Staff Editor

Much anticipated by students and staff each year is Cumberland Valley High School’s Spring musical. This year, CVHS chose to put on the Broadway musical comedy, Nice Work If You Can Get It, by playwright Joe DiPietro.

The story takes place in 1927 New York, beginning with the outrageous bachelor party ofgroom-to-be and wealthy womanizer Jimmy Winter. While the bachelor party is at full force, a group of bootleggers are frantically trying to find a place to stow away four hundred cases of gin, when in stumbles Jimmy.

As Jimmy gathers his surroundings, he catches sight of pants-wearing Billie, and immediately becomes infatuated with her. As Billie tries to push Jimmy away, he spills his sappy story about how he is to marry a
woman he does not love, for his mother’s sake. While Jimmy drunkenly rambles on, he lets out that he owns a beach house in Long Island; the perfect place for Billie and her crew to hide the gin.

After a few twists in the bootleggers seemingly perfect plan, fate throws Jimmy and Billie together to explore an already odd relationship.

To prepare for this challenging show, students have been hard at work practicing dance routines, songs, and lines for Aprils show. Senior Kyle Martin, who will play Jimmy Winter has been working hard on his ten singing numbers and multiple dance routines.

“[Being able to sing ten numbers and dance] takes physical and vocal stamina. I've been practicing vocally by singing every day, [for] college auditions, as well as All State Choir auditions which I have in a few weeks,” Martin said.
 “Between practicing for the musical, my own repertoire, choir music, and college audition music, I've been able to build up a vocal energy which will allow me to do this show for five days in a row.”

Over the past few years, CV has drastically changed the types of musicals performed moving
from Disney shows, Mary Poppins and The Little Mermaid, to elaborate and complex shows like last year’s Kiss Me Kate and this years Nice Work.

“I personally love this musical,” Martin said. “I find it hilarious, and the music is done by some of the most iconic and legendary composers of Broadway. I personally was not the biggest fan of last years musical. Not the production, but the show itself. It was a little hard to follow, and I just didn't like it very much. This show is easy to follow, lighthearted, and the music is

Martin lets on that Nice Work is comedy filled and is easily enjoyable for audiences. “I think that this show is so funny, the constant comedy is probably my favorite part. Although I will say that the opening number is pretty awesome. I get to sing while laying down in between two
peoples backs pressed against each other. Can't visualize that? Come see the show to find out!”

Opening night for Cumberland Valley’s Nice Work If You Can Get It is on Wednesday April 11 at 7:30 PM and runs until Sunday April 15 at 2 PM. Tickets went on sale January 29th and will be available until sold out. Each ticket is 12 dollars for students and seniors and 15
dollars for adults. To purchase your ticket today, please visit
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