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New Canaan High Crew Excited for 'Sweet Charity'

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Alexa Holzberger’s enthusiasm stands out amid the chaos of dozens of her classmates preparing to take the stage in the New Canaan High School auditorium.

Holzberger, 17, is not at all freaked out or nervous. Instead, she’s excited and ready to go. “It’s so much fun,” said Holzberger, who is playing the lead character in the school's theater production of “Sweet Charity.”

The cast and crew have been working on this second New Canaan High School musical since December, practicing for three hours per day, five days a week, as well as on Saturdays.

"Sweet Charity" is the story of a girl, Charity Hope Valentine, who works as a dance hall hostess. Musical director Dee Alexander said it’s the story of someone who wants to be loved badly but almost works too hard at it.

“She sings, dances and laughs her way through many romances along the way,” Alexander said. “It’s a very fun, bright and sophisticated musical.”

The crew has been singing and dancing in preparation for the first show, which is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at New Canaan High School.

Holzberger, a senior who plans to study theater when she goes to college in the fall, says it has been a labor of love. “It’s just how much energy we have doing it. All the numbers and the characters: We just pour ourselves into it. It just comes alive and it’s so magical. I’m so excited about it.”

So is fellow senior Tyler Giggi, who plays Oscar Lindquist, the man who becomes the main love interest. “One of the things that’s so cool about this program is that we all grow to know each other so well, and we’re all friends with each other,” he said. “Any show we prepare for is a lot of fun, no matter how much work we put into it — and it’s a lot of work. We’re doing it because we love doing it.”

"Sweet Charity" will be performed Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

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