By ALYSSA GREGORY
At St. John Neumann Regional Academy, the Drama Club is working hard to bring this year's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" to the stage.
St. John Neumann Regional Academy will present “Cinderella” Thursday through Saturday. Shown, at left, are actors Morgan Yearick, seated; Katie Bahr, left; and Alison Lax. Above left are Nick Fischer as Prince Charming and Alyssa Gregory as Cinderella and above right are Noah Androvette, left, and Olivia Pierce.
The production follows the well-known story, and comes to life with the familiar characters and beautiful music.
I am proud to be a part of our wonderful cast, which ranges from seventh graders to seniors.
We all come together to make something truly magical, and forge friendships that create a close-knit team of performers dedicated to making this show the best it can be.
My first show at St. John Neumann was during my freshman year, when I played an ensemble member in the off-Broadway musical "Zombie Prom."
In my sophomore year, we rehearsed for the more well-known musical "Footloose," which was unfortunately cancelled.
Last year, I played Peggy in "Godspell," a show that we were wary of at first, but soon grew to love as the cast became a family.
Last fall, St. John Neumann put on a play directed by junior Ally Lax called "Zombie Wedding," in which I played the warm and loving (yet totally crazy) mother of Ashley, a woman engaged to a zombie she's known for two weeks.
This play was different and fun, and introduced many young students to the Drama Club who also auditioned for this spring's musical.
This weekend, I am absolutely overjoyed to play Cinderella, a young woman who works for her dreams and proves that "even the most foolish dreams can come true."
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella follows the traditional story. Cinderella lives with her step-mother and two step-sisters, Joy and Portia.
Prince Christopher, at the urging of his mother, the Queen, holds a ball to find a bride.
Cinderella, left at home alone while her family goes off to the ball, must be content with imagining what the ball is like until her godmother visits her and, with a display of magic powers, reveals that she is a "fairy godmother!"
The rest of the story includes the transformation of a plain yellow pumpkin, jealous step-sisters, a clock striking 12, and a frantic search for a girl nobody knows the true identity of.
The familiar main characters consist of: Cinderella, Alyssa Gregory, senior; Prince Christopher, Nick Fischer, junior; step mother, Morgan Yearick, senior; step sister Joy, Ally Lax, junior; step sister Portia, Katie Bahr, senior; the queen, Olivia Pierce, sophomore; the king, Noah Androvette, junior; and the fairy godmother, Janaya Daniele, senior.
The cast could not do it without our director, Kyle Murphy, the French teacher at St. John Neumann Regional Academy.
Murphy puts all of his spare time and effort into making this production special. Whether he is showing the cast the same blocking for the billionth time or encouraging them to perform to their full potential, the cast is grateful for all of his guidance and support.
Miki Rebeck generously gives her time to accompany the rehearsals and helps coach the students' voices.
Rich Cummings, the choir director and music teacher at St. John Neumann, works with the sound and lighting equipment, and attends rehearsals to make sure that the technology behind the show runs smoothly.
The production of "Cinderella" proves that even impossible wishes can come true when you truly believe in your dreams.
Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" will be presented by special arrangement with MTI International.
Attendees who bring a non-perishable food item to a performance will receive $1 off admission. Thursday is Student night.