The Brooke High School music department will be performing the Tony-award winning classic "Fiddler on the Roof" this week, while pupils at Follansbee Middle School will be presenting their production of "The Wizard of Oz" next week.
"Fiddler on the Roof" will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday at the Brooke High School auditorium.
Tickets are $10 each. Reservations may be made by calling (304) 527-1410 ext. 3715.
‘FIDDLER’ — Gabrielle Bennett, as Golde, and John Heiserman, as Tevye, rehearse a scene for Brooke High School’s production of the musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” to be presented this weekend. Pupils at Follansbee Middle School are preparing for their production of “The Wizard of Oz” next week. -- Warren Scott
Written by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Stein and set in Russia in 1905, the musical focuses on Jewish villager Tevye, and his wife, Golde, who fight to keep their traditions and faith alive and their family together under Russian military rule.
A poor milkman, Tevye watches as his three daughters are courted by very different men, breaking the tradition of arranged marriages through a local matchmaker.
The score for the long-running musical includes "If I Were a Rich Man," "Sunrise, Sunset" and "Tradition."
The musical is directed by English teacher Carla Ringer-Stone, with musical direction by choir teacher Nicolas Taylor. Rachel Trimmer is the stage manager and Lindsay Six is the student director.
Led by John Heiserman as Tevye and Gabrielle Bennett as Golde, the cast includes Amy Marosz, Megan O'Donnell, Maxwell Hardt, Emily Stuck, Grant Van Camp, Hannah Armstrong, Patrick Simpson, Hayleigh Sutak, Ian Smith, Christopher Simpson, Kylie Fodor, Emily Kubincanek, Carly Balog, Brody Eggert, Christopher Simpson, Gavin Shaffer, Trey Gilham, Jennifer Luck, Matthew Jackson, Hayden Heiserman, James Rice, Yasmeen Riggs, Abbey Adams, Danielle Milantoni, Taylor Pannett, Jasmyn Brown, Trina Ostrosky, Abigail Ayers, Kathryn Scheetz, Ashley Kinton, Adrian Jeter, Kynan Daugherty, Carrie Utt, Victoria Pelchuck, Jocelyn Clark, Jamie Shaffer, Michelle Woodstuff, Griffin Smith and Ciara Nelson.
Follansbee Middle School will present its production of "The Wizard of Oz" at 7 p.m. May 23 and 24 at the school's auditorium.
Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children.
The non-musical play is based on the popular children's novel, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," by L. Frank Baum. Published in 1900, it's often called the first American fairytale because it's set in Kansas and involves farming, industrialization and other elements of daily life in the U.S. at its time.
Molly Cribbs and Monica Gray, teachers at the school who are directing the production, have taken a unique approach to casting it, with multiple pupils portraying Dorothy, the Scarecrow and storytellers in the play.
Cribbs said dividing scenes among young actors in the same roles makes it easier for them to learn their lines, and the characters' familiar costumes allow that to be done without confusing audiences.
Alternating as Dorothy are Sophia Perrone, Saydee Hawken, Jade Gephart, Alexia Murdock and Sydney DeFranco while Zack Barnhart, Taylor Sesto and Jewell Cox will take turns as the Scarecrow.
Serving as storytellers are Cirvanna Tomes, Julia Wallace, Emily Moran, Brittnie Marmon, Evy Aracich and Annalyn Rhine.
The cast also includes Foster Burns as Toto, Anna Mansfield as Glinda, Noah Horvath as the Tin Man, Jonah Eggert as the Lion, Xavier Chipps as the Gatekeeper, Mason Obeldobel as the Wizard, Lauren Giles as the Wicked Witch, Brooke Cronin as Auntie Em and Riley Nolan as Uncle Henry.
Other inhabitants of Oz will be played by Gabby O'Donnell, Lilli DelGuzzi, Roger Gabbert, Cameron Lancaster, Alana Cervenak, Jadafaye Sprinkle, Bethany Harlan, Abby Gareis and Ashley Grim.
There are 32 students acting in the play, and several more who help out with lights, sets, and music.
Annual play productions have been brought back at the school in recent years through the efforts of Dana Durbin, who currently teaches at Wellsburg Middle School; and Gray and Cribbs.