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Housatonic students of the week

The Lakeville Journal congratulates the honorees of the student of the week program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. FALLS VILLAGE — This year’s leads in the Housatonic Musical Theater Company production of “South Pacific” (see story, Page A14) both come from strong theater backgrounds, and both of them hope that this is not just a flirtation with the stage, but a lifelong love affair. They play the two main romantic interests in the play. Myles portrays the mature French plantation owner Emile de Becque, who falls in love with American nurse Nellie Forbush, played by Jill. These roles were in some ways even more challenging for the duo than those they assumed in last year’s “Guys and Dolls.” It took Myles some time to feel comfortable in the role of a middle-aged man, and Jill was put off by Nellie’s racism at the beginning of the play. As they worked with director Michael Berkeley, however, both actors discovered ways to make the roles relevant and meaningful.Myles, a senior from Cornwall, is also a soccer player and a member of the track team, and he has been involved with both soccer and acting for years. He is a student of the humanities and arts, and he hopes that his work on stage and as a member of the various choral ensembles at Housatonic will pay dividends in a future in acting.Jill, a sophomore from Falls Village, has similarly immersed herself in a variety of activities at Housatonic. Like Myles, she is an avid soccer player and will play lacrosse this spring, on top of her involvement in Night Choir. In addition to their impressive academic marks and extracurricular involvement, perhaps most impressive is the talent and commitment that they bring to this performance. The fruits of their tireless rehearsal will be on display this Thursday through Saturday, March 15 to 17, in the Henry W. Burgess Auditorium on the campus of Housatonic Valley Regional High School. Advance tickets are available online at www.hmts.org.

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