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CVHS students sing, dance, act their way into audiences’ hearts

Clearwater Valley high School students will put on the play "Crazy For You" March 17 and 18.

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Clearwater Valley high School students will put on the play "Crazy For You" March 17 and 18.

— What do a botched audition, a stepped-on foot, and an unwanted fiancé all have in common? Just ask Bobby Child and a trip he makes from New York City to Deadrock, Nev.

The Clearwater Valley High School drama and music department, under the direction of music teacher Elizabeth Nuxoll, will present “Crazy For You” this Thursday, March 17, and Friday, March 18, 7 p.m. each night at CVHS’s cafeteria/auditorium. Cost is $5 per person. Music and lyrics are by George and Ira Gershwin and the book is by Ken Ludwig.

Senior Zachary Baldwin commands the stage as Child, with strong singing voice and presence. Add in the sweet soprano tone, twangy talk and love interest Polly Baker, played by freshman Rose Hale, and it’s a recipe for romance at its, errr, finest? At least at its funniest.

Child has a couple tricks up his sleeve to win Polly’s affections, but Lank Hawkins, played by comedic scene-stealer junior Zachary Krieger, has his own ideas. Will this Deadrock hick and the city boy Child butt heads in endeavors to get what they want? Tune in to “Crazy For You” to see.

With musical dance numbers and familiar songs such as Slap That Bass, Someone to Watch Over Me, I Got Rythym and They Can’t Take That Away From Me, audiences will find plenty to laugh at, tap a foot to and hum along with.

“I’m really proud of these kids,” said Nuxoll, who directed the successful “Wizard of Oz” musical last year. “There’s a lot of talent on that stage.”


Filling out the cast (and their year in school in parentheses) are the following;

The New Yorkers: Zachary Baldwin (12) as Bobby Child, Mika Rives (11) as Bela Zangler, Madelynn Knapton (10) as Irene Roth, Mikayla Bean (9) as Lottie Child; The Follies Girls: Camaron Krieger (12) as Tess, Myranda Barley (10) as Patsy, April Thomas (10) as Vera, Jade Dutcher (9) as Susie, Mikayla Bean (9) as Betsy, and Ayla Forsman (11) as Mitzi; The Citizens of Deadrock: Rose Hale (9) as Polly Baker, Zachary Krieger (11) as Lank Hawkins, Mitchell Nuxoll (11) as Moose, Trey Pfefferkorn (11) as Sam, Kamm Mangun (11) as Pete, Zane Miskin Summers (10) as Wyatt, Logan Wells (9) as Mingo, Mike Rives (11) as Orville, and Samuel Bartlett (11) as Sheldon; The Visitors: Samuel Bartlett (11) as Eugene Fodor and Ayla Forsman (11) as Patricia Fodor.

Stage manager is Harmony Edmondson, Cole Olsen is on lights/microphones, Dawson Gorges takes care of sound/projections, Collin Herrick is on crew, and set design, construction and painting was completed by Martin Nuxoll, Emily Skiles, Logan Wells, Angelina Baumgartner, Liberty Edmondson and various cast members.

The show will include an intermission where cupcakes will be sold for $1.50 each and drinks will also be available for purchase. All proceeds will go toward the coming year’s expenses, which include purchasing the rights to use whatever play/musical is performed, props and addtional costs associated with the production of a play.

To donate to the CVHS drama and music program or for questions, contact teacher Elizabeth Nuxoll at 926-4511 or e-mail


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