Drama and music students at Northland Pines High School performed Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” on Friday, February 13th at 7:00 pm, Saturday, February 14th at 7:00 pm, and Sunday, February 15th at 2:00 pm in the NPHS Auditorium.
Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella quickly became a timeless musical that has been remade many times . In the classic fairy tale, poor Cinderella is endlessly put down by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters and not allowed to attend the Royal Ball. With the help from her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella goes to the ball, meets the Prince, falls in love and lives happily ever after.
Nearly 50 students were involved in the cast, crew, and pit for the musical this year. Students playing major roles were: Juniors Madison Ludwig as Cinderella, Luke Simons as the Prince, Samantha Hytry as the Queen, Corrinne Justice as the Stepmother, Sophia Svetnicka and Victoria Sleeman as the Stepsisters, Jennah Ludwig as the Godmother, and Senior Jacob Grosskopf as the King. Other roles include Jonathan Tomasoski as the Herald, John Puffer as the Steward, Ian Oas as the Chef, and Nicolas Justice as the Footman. An ensemble of student performers were involved as chorus members and dancers. Crew members include Student Director Rebekah Puffer, Dance Captains Hadley Burns and Hannah Hoffmann, Stage Manager Matt Poetzl, Lighting Designer Lake Edwards, and Sound Manager Trevor Clure. Other students are involved as stage crew, pit orchestra, set painting, and hair/make-up.
The NPHS Musical was directed by Kate Janssen, with choreography by Ann Perry, pit orchestra directed by Jennifer Anderson, acting coaching by Bernie Hupperts, and costume design by Judy Clure.
“Again this year, an excellent team of student actors and behind-the-scenes members are working hard to prepare a great musical for their school and community”, says Janssen. “We have a hardworking stage crew, pit orchestra, and many adult volunteers giving their time to help the production. Join us Valentine’s Day weekend for this classic, romantic fairy tale!”
The Northland Pines Music Boosters sold a variety of flowers at each performance, along with sponsoring a princess-themed raffle basket that was drawn for after Sunday's performance.
Approximately sixty students from the Northland Pines High School presented the classic musical “The Sound of Music” in 3 performances in the NPHS Auditorium. This was the fifth annual musical production at NPHS in recent years.
The musical centered around Maria, a sweet, young postulant whose love of freedom makes it obvious to her superiors that she is not suited for religious life. She is sent off to be the governess to Captain Von Trapp’s seven children. Unlike the previous governesses, Maria soon becomes friends with the children due to their mutual love of music. As even the strict Captain begins to admire Maria, the family must learn how to stay together amidst a rapidly changing political climate in Austria prior to World War II.
Students comprised the entire cast and crew, including technical crew, lights and sound. A live pit orchestra, including student musicians, was also used. The NPHS Musical was directed by Kate Janssen, Northland Pines Choir Director, and Ann Perry, Northland Pines High School Science Teacher. The Pit Orchestra was conducted by Jennifer Anderson, with acting coaching by Bernie Hupperts and costumes designed by Judy Clure.
The two-act musical involved a cast and crew of 50 NPHS students and a live 14-piece pit orchestra. The production included 18 musical numbers, including the “The Sound of Music”, “Do-Re-Mi”, “The Lonely Goatherd”, and “Sixteen Going on Seventeen”.
Students that played major roles included Seniors Katie Piper as Maria, Mason Hakes as Captain Von Trapp, Rebecca Anderson as the Mother Abbess, Jared Akers as Rolf, Benn Gober as Max Detweiler, and Samantha Johnston as Elsa. The Von Trapp children will be played by Seniors Jessica Anderson and Joseph Miller, Sophomores Luke Simons, Anna Robins, Corrinne Justice, and Madison Ludwig, and third grader Emma Perry. Other key nuns are played by Sophomores Jennah Ludwig, Samantha Hytry, and Heidi Olson. Tryouts were held and rehearsals began in November.
“The musical is a school and community endeavor that continues to grow each year. The cast rehearsed each school day for two and a half hours since November 2013. The students gave up weekend time with Saturday rehearsals. Our pit orchestra rehearsed twice a week since December 2013. We are lucky to have supportive community members, and local business owners that donate their time, along with many parents who volunteer for supervision, selling tickets, ushering, and making costumes. Through these productions, students learn to step outside of themselves to appreciate other perspectives and work together toward a common goal, all while being exposed to the amazing world of theatre production,” adds Janssen.
Key persons in production included technical director Mr. Jeff Janssen, lighting designer Morgan Munnik, sound manager Gabby Galbreath, prop manager Cayla Tennikait, stage manager Teddy Karlovich, and an additional crew of students on scene changes, hair, and make-up. The Pit Orchestra included Mrs. Laura Plank, piano, Jack Misina, keyboard, Ms. Cindy Nelson, violin, Mrs. Martha Milanowski, viola, Mr. Jim Schwanke, flute, Mrs. Rachel Strong, clarinet, Abel Lifschutz, Bassoon, Mr. Forrest Mann, trumpet, Eddie Stevens, trumpet and french horn, Walker Levan and Mrs. Carie Kluever, trombone, Matt McGill, tuba, and Mike Wade, percussion.
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