Ages 6 to 12 put on a fabulous rendition of Disney’s
High School Musical. The set
design was simple yet very effective. The
sound was great as was the lighting. Although
the costuming may sound simple for 60 high school students, it was elaborate
and done with precision to make each child in the play look the part of a high
school student. Layered clothing,
hats, different socks etc. gave each actor his or her own style for their
character. The choreographer, Jenna
Thomas, really helped pull the group together with simple touches to each
song even in the background of the duets.
The song Status Quo was choreographed to show each side of the
lunch room “talking” back and forth with the music and words.
There are many stars in this production and the entire
ensemble is very important all the way through the play.
The setting: East High where Troy and Gabriella meet up for a second
time and find that their differences may upset their friends, the Drama twins
and the entire school, but will only make their romance and friendship grow.
In their duets, Troy (Stuart
Coulston) and Gabriella’s (Grace
Haase) voices blend very nicely together.
Troy has a strong and very pleasant voice and Gabriella has a sweet
voice that gets better and better throughout the play. In their duet Breaking
Free they rung out strong and clear and perfectly pitched, and their
dancing was superb.
Nieusma-Gano) and his thespian sister Sharpay (Toni Priebe) make a perfect pair with their dancing, singing, and
interplay. Ryan has a wonderful
smile, his dancing is fluid, and his singing is absolutely the tops.
Sharpay walks with overconfidence as she rules the campus, and her
exaggerated gestures and emotions make her a perfect thespian leader.
Ms Darbus (Audrey Ballard)
and Coach Bolton (Mitch Conrad)
make wonderful adults in this play. Ms.
Darbus is mesmerizing with her costume of a long skirt and her prominent and
graceful hand movements as she talks about the theater that she loves so much.
Coach Bolton plays an excellent hard-nosed coach and father.
His fights with “Darbus the deranged” are funny and make for the
interchange between the two teachers a “Joy” to watch.
The poise in every single main actor and the ensemble
cast is evident, showing just how hard each of these kids worked.
Chad (Jalen Alexander)
smiled during all the dancing making his steps and rhythm look effortless.
He also has a very marvelous singing voice.
Zeke (Sam McIntosh), another
basketball player, also has a pleasant voice and he stayed in character
whenever he was onstage whether or not he had any major part in the scene.
This was true for many of the students.
Jack (Patrick Hill) does a
splendid job with his “Peeps” talks that take place between many of the
scenes. Kelsi (Sunny
Gathright) shows her talents all during the play as her character grows
The entire ensemble cast of the Junior Troupers from
Kids On Stage really made a believer out of me that they were not 6-to-12
years old but, 15-and-above high school students in all the different cliques
that you see on a high school campus anywhere in the U.S. Overall the acting, dancing, directing, sets and everything
it takes to put together such a major production was brilliantly done and
deserved a standing ovation.
Performed March 10 -11, 2007.
Troy Bolton: Stuart Coulston
Gabriella Montez: Grace Haase
Sharpay Evans: Toni Priebe
Ryan Evans: Alec Nieusma-Gano
Taylor Mckessie: Chelsea Hamm
Chad Danforth: Jalen Alexander
Kelsi Neilson: Sunny Gathright
Jack Scott: Patrick Hill
Zeke Baylor: Sam McIntosh
Martha Cox: Abby Rzepka
Ms. Darbus: Audrey Ballard
Coach Bolton: Mitch Conrad
Kratnoff: Morgan Brunsting
Jason: Brendan Ballard
Ripper: Maddie Williams
Mongo: Tait Martinez
Cheerleader Captain: Roxie Elliot
James: Ben Lahrman
Cathy: Lyndsey Covert
Cyndra(s): Anna Haynes, Maddie Schrock, Jordan Shindeldecker
Susan: Lily Brandt
Dalia Van Zyll
Director: Doug Fordyce
Assistant Director: Jeri Fordyce
Choreographer: Jenna Thomas
Production Assistants: Wendy Hoskins
& Jennifer Meyer
Tech Director/Stage Manager: Alex Kerr
Set Design: Doug Fordyce
Set Construction: LHS Stagecraft & Theater Tech classes
Costume Coordinator Super Troupers:
Costume Committee: Jacquie
Blackwell, Lizzy Coulston, Susan Coulston, Tiffany Gano, Tammy Green, Lynette Hoyt, Kelly Matti, Kathy Ottmar,
Natalie Rios, Karen Rooker, Joanne Shrock, Beth Scott, Janet Shenker,
Jean Szczypka, Sarah Tedesco, Reta Trux, Donna Vavra-Musser
Props Coordinator: Lynette Hoyt
Set Coordinator: Suzanne Thursby
Stage Crew Coordinator: Reta Trux
Make-Up Coordinator: Eliza Ford
Volunteer Coordinator: Jamie Smith