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“Rotten” con artists take the stage for MWCS spring musical

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MADRID — Madrid-Waddington students are bringing swinging dance numbers, charming con artists and lots of laughs to the stage for its upcoming spring musical “Dirty, Rotten Scoundrels.”

The show is set for 8 p.m. April 3, 4 and 5 in the Madrid-Waddington Central School Auditorium.

The musical follows two con men in the south of France, only one of whom is established.

“One con artist is older and more distinguished,” said Eve M.K. Ruddy, 17, who plays na´ve and innocent Christine Colgate. “The other one is not as classy just starting out. The town isn’t big enough for the two of them. They make a bet to con $50,000 from the “American silk queen,” Christine Colgate. Whoever loses has to leave town.”

“It’s got great music, and I think a lot of the humor applies to different age levels,” Ms. Ruddy said. It’s funny for everyone. There are little jokes that fly over kids heads, but it adults will get it.”

Ms. Ruddy’s fellow cast members and high school seniors Michael J. Cummings, 18, Alyssa M. Ryan, 17, Jacob M. Barney, 17, and Alex V. Hammond, 18, have been working tirelessly on the show for the last three weeks after practice was delayed when the auditorium flooded after December’s ice storm.

But that was no problem for the seasoned cast, many whom have been acting together since middle school.

Ms. Ryan said putting on the spring musical is “stressful, but always fun.”

“The musical is my favorite time of year,” Ms. Ruddy said. “By the end of it, we’re all family.”

The long hours of preparation and weekend practice sometimes gives way to “cabin fever,” Mr. Hammond said, but he wouldn’t have it any other way. He said he will miss participating in the spring musical when he goes to college next year. Quoting a line from the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Mr. Hammond said: “It was a blast, and it’s a shame it couldn’t last.”

See Sunday’s Advance News for a full story on Madrid-Waddington’s musical director Joseph Ruddy, who is retiring this year after 40 years of performances.

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