5:30 a.m., May 8)
juniors put on entertaining double bill
Friday junior classes took to the stage on Sunday to perform Zimbarah
and The Drama Queens Do Annie in front of a full house at the Orléans
Theatre. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Orléans Young Players Spring Festival hits midstream the theatre schools
junior students took their turn on stage Saturday night to present a pair of plays
in front of a full house at the Orléans Theatre.
up was the Funky Monkey class in Zimbarah about a group of kids who
get transported into a board game invented by a toymaker, a wizard and a secret
inside, they meet the game pieces who want to get out of the game as well. They
also come across the games inventors. All three groups of characters set
out to find a magic crystal that will free them from the game. When they find
it, theyre forced to play a series of mini games to see which of the groups
will be allowed to leave.
games inventors win the challenge, but because they cheated the other two
groups are allowed to leave along with the game pixies.
group of Grade 3 to Grade 6 students did a superb job. I particularly liked Scott
Beiersdofer who played Dr. Cranium and Emma Muller who played Tiffany the Princess.
rest of the cast included Julia Elliott as Kelly Leduc, Paige Kendall as Jenny
Jones, Natasha Farinaccio Skyla Jones, Bryanna Lalonde as Inspector B15, Kelsey
Roman as Betty the Bombshell, Sydney Roman as Floridian, Alexander Panneton as
Douglas Bond, Lydia Salgo as Nancy Drew, Sarah Yates as Lizzie, Rebecca Brennan
as Tinkerbottom, Emma Panneton as Ella and Madison Taylor as Samantha.
the second performance, the Friday Drama Queen class put on their version of Annie
featuring a tremendously talented young lady in Holly Norman.
was marvelous as the little orphan who gets adopted by the richest man in the
world, but she shone brightest during the plays musical numbers which included
a pair of solos.
fact, the entire cast was superb, especially when you consider their young age
and their limited stage experience. They delivered their lines with gusto and
seemed like seasoned pros during the choruses.
mention should also go out to Natalie Caycedo who played the grumpy orphanage
owner, Miss Hannigan.
rest of the cast included Renée Bigelow as Duffy, Darci Bloom-Bertrand
as Mr. Bundles and Rooster, Tessa Duc as Molly, Anna Fitzsimmons as Kate, Shelby
Ferguson as Sandi, Adynn Montgomery as Grace, Emily Wright as Tessie, Allison
St. Pierre as Pepper, April Jarrett as Lily St. Regis and the Policeman and Alexander
Panneton as Daddy Warbucks.
classes were directed by OYPs veteran junior instructor Sandra MacNeill.
Spring Festival continues this Friday and Saturday when the intermediate tour
class takes to the Orléans Theatre stage to perform Aladdin.
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