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February 14, 2014

Operetta wants memories

MT. VERNON — The public’s help is being sought in creating a display to commemorate the 73 years of Operetta performed at Mt. Vernon Township High School.

“For over 70 years, MVTHS has presented an Operetta featuring its high school talent,” said Deanna Clark, ticket coordinator for the orchestra. “We would like (the public) to send us pictures of past operettas ... and letters/cards telling us what this Operetta and its tradition has meant to you. You may even want to share a story about your Operetta experience. These will be used in a special display at this year’s Operetta.”

According to Clark, since 1942, MVTHS has only missed three years in presenting the annual show — 1944, 1945 and 1946 due to World War II and recovery efforts and in 1990 when the production was moved from fall to spring.

Operetta has been a tradition of generations, Clark said.

“In an interview with Mr. (Rolland) Mays, he said that his Mom played in the orchestra in the ‘40s,” Clark said. May is the orchestra director at MVTHS.

Clark, who has been ticket coordinator for the last four years, said the show has been sold out each year.

This year, the Operetta will be “South Pacific.” Last year, students presented “Bye, Bye Birdie.” Other productions include “Guys and Dolls,” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” “Once Upon a Mattress,” “Fiddler On The Roof,” “Meet Me In St. Louis,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Sound of Music,” among many others.

Tickets for Operetta go on sale March 3 from 1 to 6 p.m.; March 4 from 4 to 6 p.m.; March 5 from 4 to 6 p.m.; and March 5, 7 and 8 from 5 p.m. until the time of the show, in the auditorium.

Additional information is available by contacting Clark at 822-6233.

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