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The Pajama Game

Burke said the annual budget for the group ranges between $40,000 and $50,000.

The mostly volunteer group performs shows in the spring, summer, and fall. The fall and spring shows are indoors in the Shenendehowa school district, while the summer show is outdoors at the commons.

Burke said the average attendance across the seven performances of the summer show is 2,200.

Debbie May, who has directed "South Pacific," "Annie Get Your Gun," and "Guys and Dolls" for the Not So Common Players in the past said the musical was good for a summer audience.

"There's absolutely no hidden meaning. It's good, wholesome entertainment," May said. "The music is peppy; it takes you back to the 50s."

Many families volunteer with the Not So Common Players, including Robin and Jeff Patnode and their children, Kellie, 12, and Thomas, 15.

The family works on the technical aspects of the musical, with Kellie and Thomas on the spotlight and Robin and Jeff on audio. They have been with the Not So Common Players for three years.

Jeff said the musical had special meaning for him and his wife. They met at a paper mill where Robin's father was a blue-collar worker and Jeff's father was white collar.

Kellie said she learned a lot from working on the musical.

"I know that girls get a lot more equal pay than they did 50 years ago and they're allowed to wear casual things to work and not dresses," she said.

Although the characters in the play are straightforward, Bullington said the play has an important message.

"Two people who you don't think are perfect for each other can actually be the perfect couple," she said.

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