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A whistling revival

The nurse is played by Heather Ferlo, a 17-year-old senior at Ballston Spa High School. She said she loves the character's journey, just as she loves learning more about herself with each role she plays. The nurse adopts a free-wheeling persona with some people that make her realize she needs to be more daring in her everyday life.

"She has two separate worlds completely," Ferlo said. "It makes you look at your own life and how you act one way around one person and one way around someone else."

Ferlo's love interest is played by 27-year-old Jimmy Cupp, who relishes the escape acting offers.

"I love taking on different personas," he said. "Everything else disappears when you're up there."For "Anyone Can Whistle," Cupp transforms into a physician who's labeled crazy and unexpectedly plays a hero.

Cupp said he was drawn to the "many different levels" his character explores, not to mention the show's musical numbers.

Burke said the show's title song is particularly sweet -- "I used to sing it as a solo for concerts."

Sondheim shows in general feature notable music, according to Heckert. Just as the message of "Anyone Can Whistle" was kind of ahead of its time for the early 1960s, Sondheim's "intricate lyrics" and "intricate patterns" were groundbreaking so far as musicals went, Heckert said. To illustrate the idea of musical patterns, Heckert pointed to a scene in "Anyone Can Whistle" that captures the "craziness of people coming in and out." The rhythm of the music matches the hustle and bustle on stage.

Beyond not liking the particular message of "Anyone Can Whistle," the Broadway audiences were looking for something more like escapism, Heckert said. What's kind of funny is that the piece stands more as entertainment value today, since its emphasis on individuality is no longer a new concept.

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