March 17, 2013

School plays a mix of fun, work

PLATTSBURGH ― Casts and directors are balancing fun with hard work as they prepare for school musicals, plays and talent shows.

Marissa Bickford, 17, a senior at AuSable Valley High School, plays Lucy in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” which presents its final showing at 2 p.m. today in the school’s auditorium.

She started acting with the AuSable Valley Players in eighth grade. 

“You have to put so much time into all of the shows,” said Bickford, who started acting because it looked like fun. “You get to be silly, someone other than yourself.” 

Noah Lawrence, also a 17-year-old senior at AuSable Valley High School, has been acting for three years and plays Linus in the production. He got involved for the opportunity to meet new people. 


“My friends talked me into it,” said Lawrence, adding that he originally joined because the drama club needed more men. “It’s just a lot of fun.”

Committing to other extracurricular activities is difficult because preparing for the musical is time-consuming, he said.

Both Lawrence and Bickford enjoy starring in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” because they have to act from a child’s perspective. 

“It’s interesting trying to act like a little kid again,” Lawrence said.

Francesca D’Alessandro, 16, stars as Miss Dorothy in “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” a musical featured at 2 p.m. today in Plattsburgh High School’s auditorium. She is a veteran actress, having been in about a dozen plays and musicals.

“I just love being on stage, meeting new people and getting to interact with everyone,” D’Alessandro said.

D’Alessandro was looking forward to seeing everyone’s first reaction of the play, which debuted Friday, as well as this afternoon’s final performance when everything falls together, she said.

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