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Emotional Senior Night Closes the Curtain on Quirk’s Players Presentation of “Hello, Dolly!”

Dolly Gallagher Levi (portrayed by Alexis Pawlewicz) shares advice and offers assistance to those in need. Mrs. Levi provides matchmaking services to her clients but also assists in many other ways. Here she presents her calling card to a group of interested New Yorkers in Times Square. The scene is from the opening number in the classic Broadway musical, Hello, Dolly! Over 65 students are featured in the cast, crew and orchestra of this year's annual musical at GRB. For more information about Hello, Dolly! and Quirk's Players, visit their website: www.quirksplayers.com. Photo by Kelly LeVea

Dolly Gallagher Levi (portrayed by Alexis Pawlewicz) shares advice and offers assistance to those in need. Mrs. Levi provides matchmaking services to her clients but also assists in many other ways. Here she presents her calling card to a group of interested New Yorkers in Times Square. The scene is from the opening number in the classic Broadway musical, Hello, Dolly! Over 65 students are featured in the cast, crew and orchestra of this year’s annual musical at GRB. For more information about Hello, Dolly! and Quirk’s Players, visit their website: www.quirksplayers.com.
Photo by Kelly LeVea.

By Janel Sullivan/Staff writer

This weekend Quirk’s Players of G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton pulled off another amazing show with their presentation of Hello, Dolly!

This has been a big year for Quirk’s Players. After being only the second high school to perform the emotional play The Laramie Project in the fall, they kept up the repertoire of challenging their actors with Hello, Dolly!

Assistant Director, Rob Lescarbeau noted how difficult the show was. “Their efforts were what we needed,” said Lescarbeau. “The dances are difficult and the roles are certainly adult so it was a lot to learn.”

Hello, Dolly! is certainly a lesser known musical than the last few shows Quirk’s Players have put on, such as Damn Yankees, Beauty and the Beast, and The Sound of Music but as they did with Laramie, Quirk’s Players rose to the challenge.

“It was just awesome,” said Mikaela Houck, a senior who appeared in the ensemble of Damn Yankees and portrayed several characters in The Laramie Project was thrilled to take on the role of Minnie Fay and have her first speaking and singing part. “I liked it because I didn’t go into with any set idea of how I should portray my role. It was completely up to me.”

Alexis Pawlewicz, also a senior who played the title character, enjoyed the experience of being in a play she previously didn’t know anything about. “It was interesting, and it made me nervous when we did the first read through when I saw everything I had to do and how involved it was. But that’s probably why I spent so much time working on it.”

“We’re proud of them,” said Lescarbeau. “They worked as a team for sure. That’s the only way these shows can go on.”

The cast began rehearsals at three hours after school every day, and progressed to five hour rehearsals two weeks ago. The long hours and efforts of the students didn’t go unnoticed as the cast received a standing ovation at the end of closing night. The final curtain and senior night presentation brought practically the entire cast to tears. “Next year, we can’t forget tissues,” joked longtime Quirk’s Players director Tom Briggs.

Joking aside, no one in the audience could deny how hard these students worked to put this show together. “It was scary but it was really exciting because it showed me what I was capable of,” said Houck.

Both Houck and Pawlewicz have encouraging words for anyone who is considering trying out for a role in one of Quirk’s Players shows. “Don’t wait! I waited until I was a junior and I wish I didn’t,” Houck said.

“Don’t let any opportunity pass you by,” said Pawlewicz. “You’ll meet some of the best friends here and you’ll have the greatest time.”

Pawlewicz, along with male lead Mitchell Lalik were also honored during intermission on Saturday when they both received the Jacqueline Stewart Award for their dedication and achievements within Quirk’s Players. Stewart was the Principal at the high school until her early retirement in 2004, because of breast cancer.  She died in December of that year.

“Mrs. Stewart would be very proud of both of them,” said Briggs. The award was presented by Stewart’s son, Glenn.

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  1. Much success to everyone involved. Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of Hello, Dolly opening on Broadway! I am working on a project to celebrate it’s rich history and legacy. Please check out CallonDolly.com IF you like what you see, please pay it forward through Facebook and Twitter. Also, please LIKE the page and follow me on Twitter
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