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‘Rip Van Winkle’ wakes up

The cast of “Rip Van Winkle” rehearsed last week at Housatonic Valley Regional High school. Directing is Michael Berkeley. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

FALLS VILLAGE — The cast of the original musical, “Rip Van Winkle,” had just worked through a song, “Welcome Home,” and writer-director Michael Berkeley rose from the piano and approached the stage.

He reminded the performers that the song is supposed to be happy.

“You came in like you’re paying last respects.”

The cast regrouped and tried it again.

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