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Despite tragic loss, the Colonie show goes on

Womack's death was a great loss, he said.

Production cast and crew opted to keep Womack's name on the production bill. He hasn't been replaced; there are just three other students who wanted to play out his part, said Meagher.

"I was called by a friend. I found out that our chorus teacher wanted us to try out for the part," said Brian Locks, 14, one of the new voices for Audrey II.

It wasn't about replacing Womack, he said. The manager and director just wanted to spread the part out among other students.

The nonprofit scholarship fundraiser, Dollars for Scholars opted to honor Womack by raising money for a scholarship in Womack's name.

Last year the organization raised $22,5000 to provide Colonie Central graduates with 32 scholarships, said Mary Ann Chesky, mother of Erin Chesky and fundraising coordinator for Dollars for Scholars.

"The kids like knowing their friend's name goes on," she said. "We don't need the water money so I said, 'Why don't we give half of it for Corey,' and then we figured we could give it all."

The musical could sell an average of 400 tickets, Mary Ann Chesky said. The hope is most will pay the $1 for a bottle of water to establish Womack's scholarship.

Performances of "Little Shop of Horrors" will be held at 7 p.m. March 22, 23 and 24 and 2 p.m. March 24 in the school auditorium. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5.

For information about the performance or about Dollars for Scholars, call the school at 459-1220.

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