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"Disco Inferno" brings 1970s to NY Mills

Members of the NY Mills Drama Club join together in performing one of their dance routines. Photo by Christopher Michalski.

Over 40 students under the direction of Rebecca Clarksean and Carrie Ann Pollard delivered a performance of "Disco Inferno" to a full house on its opening night.

Despite a few technical difficulties, actors and actresses projected their voices to the rear of the auditorium, making sound issues slim to none.

Spencer Ismande played the role of Jack, a man whose career was nose diving.

Jack's friend Tom (Frank Peeters) added comic relief while aiding Jack along his journey and rise to fame after he sold his soul to the devil for fame.

Jack's better half Jane, was played by Lacey Guck.

When Jack's album went platinum, he said his thanks to a woman that "Without her constant love and support, I couldn't have gotten this far - Lady Marmalade."

Lady Marmalade (Lauren Bach) had delivered the proposal to him to sell his soul to the devil - Duke, played by Michael Meyer.

Heathcliffe, played by Terry Lillis, was jealous of Jack's rise to fame ("I'm supposed to be where you are!" he said) and was handed a knife by Lady Marmalade to finish off Jack. As the literal devil's advocate, she whispered in his ear, "One simple motion."

Repeating the line, Heathcliffe delivered a fatal blow to Jack, who repented at the last minute for his sins.

Jane, who had been a highly sympathetic character, filled the audience's heart with relief when Jack's repentance washed clean his sins.


"Frankie made it comical," said fellow student Erik Tumberg. "Spencer's musical performance was spectacular."

"It was nice to see a full house," Lacy Guck said. "The cast and crew worked hard through minor difficulties."

Spencer Imsande commended the younger students for their performances.

"It was nice to see them get in there and do as well as they did," he said. "They are the future of the program. They stepped up and made it enjoyable."

"Their performances make me want to come back and see them in a few years," he said.

Guck extended "huge thanks to our director, pit band, and everyone who came and supported us."

Dinner and a show

Guests on Friday and Saturday night were treated to a dinner prior to the show courtesy of the Close Up Program. Screens projected 1970s themed images and musical classics were played over speakers.

In the cafe, posters with fads, top television shows and a chronological history offered visitors a chance to revisit, or learn of, the era.

A projector showed images of original lava lamps, "Lite Brite", a film poster of "Blazing Saddles", an image of the Iran Hostage crisis, Jimmy Carter delivering a speech to the nation and submitted family photos.

Admission sales from the show will help the Drama Club bring future performances and entertainment to the city of NY Mills.

Proceeds from the dinner will help the Close Up Program fund their trip to Washington, D.C. this coming spring.