2010-01-21 / Local & State

MHS To Present “Cinderella”

Pictured above are Gabrielle McGarvey as Cinderella and Cole Johnston as the Prince. Pictured above are Gabrielle McGarvey as Cinderella and Cole Johnston as the Prince. SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

McConnellsburg High School is delighted to have Mrs. Cecelia Parker as the director of this year’s musical “Cinderella.” Parker directed “Cinderella” here at MHS in 1993 and followed with “Sound of Music,” “Wind in the Willows,” “Anything Goes,” “Music Man,” “Oklahoma,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” and “Wizard of Oz.” She has been in theatre most of her adult life. She makes her home in St. Thomas and is currently employed by James Buchanan School District.

In the village square, a Herald (Nick McClure) proclaims The Prince (Cole Johnston) is giving a ball to celebrate his 21st birthday. Cinderella (Gabrielle McGarvey) takes care of the home of her selfish stepmother (A’leese Dickerson) and stepsisters (Kelli Cordell and Emily Wenschhof). Cinderella dreams of living an exotic life as a princess or anything other than a servant. The king (David Mellott) and queen (Emily Watkins) plan for the big celebration with chef (Ashton Doyle), steward (Brandon Buterbaugh) and baker (Darren Hoffman). They hope their son will find a suitable bride, but the prince is a bit apprehensive about meeting all the eager women of the kingdom. As Cinderella’s stepsisters get ready for the ball, they laugh at Cinderella’s dream. Cinderella’s fairy godmother (Rachel Porterfield) appears and persuades her to go to the ball. She transforms Cinderella into a beautifully gowned young lady and a pumpkin into a glittering carriage with impressive footman (Larkin Shearer) and coachman (Steve Wible) as she leaves for the ball.

Come and join the company of Kayla Davis, Dakota Deneen, Brittany Grace, Michaela Harrison, Alexa Helser, Marly Jennings, Shelby Long, Destiny Lynch, Leah Mellott, Katelynn Mellott, Hannah Ott, Ashley Peck, Ashley Penwell, Kelsey Ramsey, Kayla Reimold, Veronica Stone, Kirsten Wilford, Sara Beth Winegardner, Grace Youngblood, Josephine Yurcaba and Nico Yong to see how this magical story unfolds.

Mark calendars for April 15, 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. To support “Cinderalla” donations can be made to MHS, c/o Cindy Fraker, 151 East Cherry Street, McConnellsburg, PA 17233.

This project is supported by a grant of $1,500 from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts. The grant money will be used to defray production expenses. The PA Partners in the Arts (PPA) is an initiative between local arts organizations and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), a state agency. State government funding for the arts comes through an annual appropriation by PA’s General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the Council for the Arts in Chambersburg.

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