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Music, Dance, Theater Fuse in Manhattanville Show

PURCHASE, N.Y. - Everyone has problems, and according to Manhattanville College senior Sarah Morris, the best remedy lies in a January production of "A Little Night Music" in the college's theatre.

“If you are looking to have a good time, laugh, enjoy yourself, forget your troubles and get into the troubles of someone else — because there are a lot of troubles — then come see the show,” Morris said. “Because for that hour and a half, you will be deeply involved in other people’s problems.”

Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music" joins the ventures of Manhattanville's music, dance and theatre departments to bring the audience on a trip through an intricate and tangled web of love and relationships.

The story focuses on one middle-aged lawyer who takes his 18-year-old bride to see a play ironically starring his former mistress. This single act leads to an intertwined series of personal relationships between lovers, wives, servants and family members.

“It’s a very challenging show for our students,” artist-in-residence Mark Cherry said. “The music is gorgeous but it’s intricate. They have had to really focus to do it. The lyrics are quite complicated because Sondheim is such a wordsmith, so getting it all to work and be intelligible to the audience is a real challenge.” The 16-member cast has been working on the production since the fall 2011 semester, learning the music and their lines. They spent the last two weeks finally putting it all together, rehearsing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. Through the production, they also worked with Broadway choreographer Bonnie Walker, who has worked on 26 Broadway musicals, including "Gypsy," to learn basic waltz steps.“It’s a lot of work. The music is really difficult, but it’s so beautiful at the same time, you can’t help but fall in love with it,” senior Chelsey Jensen said. “We came into these last two weeks knowing the music and having an understanding of it, but it is so much different when you are bringing it to life and interacting with other actors. Somehow it all just comes together.” Performances will be Jan. 26 through Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. Seating is limited.

Reservations are necessary to attend. Those seeking more information can contact the box office at (914) 323-7175.

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