It’s the time of year again when local high school students have the opportunity to shine on the stage while presenting musicals and plays. Here is what schools in the area have planned for the 2018 musical and play season.
ALBERT GALLATIN HIGH SCHOOL
When: 7 p.m. March 23; 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 24; 3 p.m. March 25
Tickets: Available at the door or from any cast member
Take a trip to 1959 with the senior class at Rydell High in an upcoming performance of “Grease” as performed by the cast at Albert Gallatin High School.
Enjoy the beloved hits like “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightnin’” and “Alone at the Drive-In Movie” with Sandy Dunbrowski (Lindsay Pegg), Danny Zuko (Noah Hintz), Betty Rizzo (Maria Gresh) and Kenickie (Daniel Nuttall) as they maneuver the cliques of high school and the memories of an unforgettable summer.
Co-director Toby Maykuth said one of the highlights of the show is the music.
“Songs from the original Broadway musical and movie musical are combined to create the show that audiences will love,” he said.
Maykuth said they selected the show because it can be enjoyed by all.
“It is fun, fast-paced and energetic,” he added.
BELLE VERNON AREA HIGH SCHOOL
“Disney’s Mary Poppins”
When: 7:30 p.m. March 15, 16 and 17; 1 p.m. March 17; 2:30 p.m. March 18
Admission: $15 for adults, $7 for children
Tickets: bvabroadway.com; 724-808-2500 ext 2173 or at the door
The cast of Belle Vernon Area High School’s spring musical will do their best to bring audiences a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious performance of “Disney’s Mary Poppins” next month.
“It’s time to fly!” according to director Michael Rozell.
“I chose the show because I realized I have the right group of students to perform it,” Rozell said. “In the past, we’ve tackled difficult staging, high spirited dancing, but I’ve never done a show with flying.”
Those in attendance will recognize familiar tunes like “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Chim Chim Cher-ee” from fan favorites Mary Poppins (Allegra Ochs) and Bert (Gabriel Reed).
“The show will feature amazing choreography, beautiful sets and, of course, lots of flying around on stage,” Rozell added.
Audiences will also meet the precocious Jane (Avery Ochs and Emma Bellissimo) and Michael (Jack Moffitt), along with Mr. and Mrs. Banks (Thomas Huffman and Gianna Lorenzo accordingly). They’ll be joined by Baylee Martin as the Dance Captain.
“Belle Vernon Area High School has become known for its high quality productions,” Rozell said. “This show will not disappoint. We’re already working hard on the choreography and set building. This will be a production people will stand in line to see!”
BROWNSVILLE AREA HIGH SCHOOL
When: 7 p.m. March 8, 9 and 10; 2 p.m. March 11
Admission: $10 all seats
Tickets: Call high school office at 724-785-8200 or email email@example.com
Join the cast of Brownsville Area High School’s spring musical as they take you to the small town of Bomont where dancing is one of many things outlawed.
In “Footloose,” audiences will follow the rebellious moves of newcomer Ren McCormack (Jalill Winston) and his chemistry with Ariel Moore (Jayda Jones), daughter the stern Reverend Shaw Moore (Andrew Havens). Join Ariel and Ren’s friends Rusty (Delaney Harvey) and Willard (Jacob Sproul) as they shake the traditions of the small town with hits like “Footloose,” “Holding Out for a Hero,” “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” and “Almost Paradise.”
“The students have been asking to do Footloose for several years,” said director Tricia Rohlf. “This year seemed to be the perfect year. We have a young and enthusiastic cast who want to ‘kick off their Sunday shows’ and dance all night.”
Rohlf added that a highlight of the show is Jalil Winson’s dancing and his chemistry with Jayda Jones’s character.
“Our two comedic leads, Delaney Harvey and Jake Sproul are exceptional once again,” she added. “This is their second year playing opposite each other. Last year we saw them as Gabriella and Troy in ‘High School Musical.’ It is such fun to watch them bring out their comedic side.”
CHARLEROI AREA HIGH SCHOOL
“Flapper! A Madcap Musical Comedy Tribute to the 1920s”
When: 7 p.m. March 2 and 3; 2 p.m. March 4
Admission: $14 for the first five rows, $12 for the rest of the auditorium
Tickets: Noon to 5 p.m. in the auditorium lobby; 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 26-March 1 in the auditorium lobby; at the door.
The Roaring Twenties will be visited next month at Charleroi Area High School as the cast of their spring musical presents “Flapper! A Madcap Musical Comedy Tribute to the 1920s.”
The production includes hit numbers like “Ev’rybody Charleston,” “Gee, You’re Swell,” “It Has To Be Jazz” and “Flapper.”
Audiences will follow Polly Pepper (Sydney Hurley) in her grand days of high fashion, gangsters and parties with her friend Susan Stuyvesant-Fish (Madison Vieck) and boyfriend Buck Wayne (Tresten Maksemetz). The party wouldn’t be complete without Mona Schlumpgarden (Maddie Codeluppi), Lieutenant Fluke (Ethan Codeluppi), Monica Woodsquirrel (Madison Piecknick) and Lenny Knickerbocker (Triniti Powell).
Director Melissa Vitali said the highlight of the show by far is the music.
“The students are having so much fun with it already,” she said. “We chose this show because as an ensemble show it really showcases all of our students.”
CONNELLSVILLE AREA HIGH SCHOOL
“Phantom of the Opera”
When: 7 p.m. March 1, 2 and 3; 2 p.m. March 4
Admission: $10 (March 2) $12 (all other performances)
Tickets: Box office 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays, and the day of performances.
The well-known tale of the Phantom, his opera house and his only love is being told by the cast of Connellsville Area High School’s spring musical.
The cast of “Phantom of the Opera” will lead you through soft numbers like “All I Ask Of You” featuring Raoul (Johnny Crocetti) and Christine (Jordyn Russell and Cayla Vincent) and hard-hitting classics like the “The Point of No Return” with Christine and The Phantom (Parker Carte).
Director Michelle Harbaugh points to “Masquerade” as one of the highlights of the show because it “showcases our cast singing and dancing along with our costumes and set.”
“I chose this show because we have some great singers who are suited to this style of music,” Harbaugh said. “Our cast, crews and orchestra are very excited about performing in this show and showcasing their talent for the community.”
GEIBEL CATHOLIC JUNIOR-SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
When: 7 p.m. March 23-24; 2 p.m. March 25
Where: State Theatre Center for the Arts in Uniontown
Tickets: The State Theatre Box Office or by calling 724-439-1360.
Kick off your Sunday shoes and join the cast of Geibel Catholic Junior-Senior High School’s spring production of “Footloose” in the small town of Bomont.
The audience will meet the rebellious Ren McCormack (Joseph Phillippi), the old-fashioned Reverend Shaw (Arthur Savage), his free-spirited daughter Ariel (Grace Goodwin), and their friends Rusty (Sela Fetsko), Vi (Echo Shaffer) and Willard (Ryan Rusko).
The famous show wouldn’t be complete without hits like “Footloose,” “Almost Paradise” and “Let’s Hear It For the Boy.”
Director Nick Bell said the “well-known songs and the dancing” are highlights in the show.
“I chose this show because of the high-energy level of my students and the talented dancers I have in the cast,” he added.
JEFFERSON MORGAN MIDDLE/ SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
“Bye Bye Birdie”
When: 7 p.m. April 26 and 27; 2 p.m. April 28
Admission: $7 for adults, $5 for students
Tickets: Call the school office at 724-883-2310
The cast of Jefferson-Morgan Middle/Senior High School’s spring musical will take audiences to the music and fun of 1958 with a production of “Bye Bye Birdie.”
Director Scot Moore said though he’s not a fan of older musicals, he enjoys this one, adding that the cast is a good fit for it.
“It’s a fun show, and the kids are excited,” he said, adding that it’s a neat story.
“They didn’t understand it until they listened to the music, and they’ve really embraced it,” he added.
Audiences will meet Rosie Alvarez (Taylor Eddy), Conrad Birdie (Adam Hobe), Kim MacAfee (Katrina Schmolke) and Albert Peterson (Peyton Knobel) as they perform musical numbers like “An English Teacher,” “Put On A Happy Face,” “Honestly Sincere,” and “Babe, Talk to Me” with the cast.
LAUREL HIGHLANDS SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
When: 7 p.m. March 8-10; 2 p.m. March 11
Tickets: Can be purchased at 724-550-8104 or online at https://www.laurelhighlandspec.com.
The award-winning musical that takes audiences on a magical trip to England in the early 1900s will be presented by the cast of Laurel Highlands Senior High School’s spring musical.
“Mary Poppins” features everyone’s favorite nanny (Isabella Schiffbauer) and Bert (Brent Ferris), along with the precocious children Jane (Emma Miller) and Michael (Allie Burchick). Audiences will also meet George Banks (Emile Glad), Winifred Banks (Lauren Schiffbauer) and Miss Andrew (Abigail Fleenor).
The show is complete with well-known songs like “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Practically Perfect,” and “Let’s Go Fly A Kite.”
Nicole Bota, assistant director, said some of the highlights of the show are the intricate dance numbers, strong vocals of the cast, and the “little bit of magic that will surprise and delight the audience.”
“We have been considering this show for quite some time. After researching numerous shows all summer, we decided that this would be the year to tackle a show of this magnitude,” she said. “‘Mary Poppins’ is a show known to a wide variety of age ranges. We are working very hard to bring the charm of the original to the stage.”
MONESSEN HIGH SCHOOL
When: 7 p.m. March 22 and 23; 4 p.m. March 24
Admission: $14 for adults, $12 for students and $10 for children
Tickets: Online at https://mhsgpa.booktix.com/.
Join the eclectic group aboard the S.S. American in Monessen High School’s spring musical production of “Anything Goes.”
With the help of Reno Sweeney (Milana Sacco), Hope Harcourt (Chloe Miller), Billy Crocker (Charles Mrlack III), Moonface Martin (Bennett Zboyovsky) and Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (Albert Johnson), the crew of the ship headed to England will encounter laughable antics spectacular dance numbers.
Join the cast as they performance classics like “You’re the Top,” “Friendship” and “Public Enemy Number One.”
Director Hillary Brown said the dancing is one of the highlights of the show.
It’s also one of the reasons she selected the production, also noting that it was appealing to do a “show from old-school Broadway.”
RINGGOLD HIGH SCHOOL
“Bye Bye Birdie”
When: 7 p.m. March 1 and 2; 2 p.m. March 3
Tickets: Available at the door and in advance on the school’s website.
For a trip to 1958 with the antics of Conrad Birdie, join the cast of Ringgold High School’s spring musical production of “Bye Bye Birdie.”
Conrad (Luke Winterbottom and Cole Nickolls) has been drafted, but before he leaves, Albert Peterson (Mackenzie Miller) and Rosie Alvarez (Sydney Seese) hatch a plan for a farewell performance.
It’s during that fateful performance on The Ed Sullivan Show that Conrad plans to kiss one of his biggest fans, Kim MacAfee (Alivia Cartwright).
“The show is full of highlights, from ‘Telephone Hour’ to ‘Put on a Happy Face’ to ‘Ed Sullivan!’,” said director Colleen Tolliver.
Tolliver said the production is a team effort, as multiple departments at the school are involved in producing sets and costumes.
“The show was chosen because it is a wonderful American classic, has terrific music and dance, and Ringgold is lucky enough to have the students to perform the show extremely well,” Tolliver added.
UNIONTOWN AREA HIGH SCHOOL
“Fiddler on the Roof”
When: 7 p.m., April 5, 6 and 7
Admission: $10 online and $10.50 at the door
Tickets: Can be purchased online at http://uhs.uasdschools.org/, or by calling the school at 724-439-5000 or purchasing at the door the day of the performance.
Join the cast of Uniontown Area High School’s spring musical in Anatevka, Russia in their upcoming production of “Fiddler on the Roof.”
Audiences meet Tevye (Richard Halbrook) and Golde (Gracie Wilson), and their three daughters Tzeitel (Alyssa Rambo), Hodel (Abigail Rocks) and Chava (Kayla Hay), as they find love and test tradition.
“Fiddlers on the Roof” comes complete with well-known musical hits like “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “Sunrise, Sunset” and “If I Were A Rich Man.”
Director Ryan Gerney said the highlights of the show are the dances and scenes that involve nearly 40 cast members.
WAYNESBURG CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
“Hello! My Baby”
When: 7 p.m. March 22-25
Admission: $7 for students and $10 for adults
Tickets: The Fashion Shop and McCrackens Pharmacy in Waynesburg, at the school’s athletic office, and at the door.
For the musical stylings of Irving Berlin, Eubie Blake and The Gershwins, join the Waynesburg Central High School’s spring musical production of “Hello! My Baby.”
The show follows Mickey McKee (Cole Leathers) and Betty Gold/Buddy O’Reilly (Lila Perroots) through the trials and laughs of love and music with melodies like “Alice Blue Gown,” “Ain’t We Got Fun,” and “I Don’t Care.”
“Hello! My Baby” is a relatively new production by the Emmy Award winning producer Cheri Steinkellner, known for her work on “Sister Act.”
“We really struggled with the selection of our show this year,” said director Doug Bland, adding that they were looking for something that would highlight their senior talent.
“This show brings back some of the good ol’ songs of the early 1900s,” Bland said.
YOUGH SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
“Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA”
When: 7:30 p.m. March 23 and 24; 2:30 p.m. March 25
Admission: $10 for adults and $5 for students
Tickets: Reserved seating available at firstname.lastname@example.org and at the door.
The magical tale of a house maid turned princess will be told on the Yough Senior High School stage as the cast of their spring musical presents “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA.”
Cinderella (Samantha Snow), the leading lady herself, will be joined by her Godmother (Kyla Denitti) to help make her dreams come true with her prince (Nolan Franks).
But her story wouldn’t be complete without the trials with her stepmother (Alexa Cipra), Joy (Molly Landman) and Portia (Madison Nuttall). They’ll be joined by the King and Queen (Tim Berich and Morgan Fisher respectively).
“The highlight of the show is going to be the incredibly talented young men and women in the cast,” said director Tracy Light, adding that she chose the show because it was a good fit for their program this year.
“I also enjoy the classic shows and it was time to go back to them,” she said.