Hanover-Adams students prep for musicals, plays
Cinderella will meet her prince, Jean Valjean will seek redemption and Frank Abaganale Jr. will fool dozens of people in this year's slate of high school musicals and plays in Hanover and Adams County.
The area's winter and spring high school theater season opens Thursday with the first performance of "The Odd Couple" at Littlestown Senior High School.
Check out the theatrical productions in store for this year:
Bermudian Springs High School
Production: Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Cinderella"
Synopsis: Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Cinderella" is a contemporary take on the classic fairy tale with a script that retells the story of Cinderella in new and unexpected ways.
Director: Paige Hoke, drama director and choreographer; Matthew Carlson, music director
Lead actors: Madeline Grim, Curtis Oviatt
Cast and crew: 110
Performances: March 18 and 19, 7 p.m., March 19 and 20, 2 p.m.
Tickets: $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available at the high school office.
Biglerville High School
Production: "That's Not How I Remember It"
Synopsis: The comedic play centers on a mother and father sharing the story of how they met in 1986.
Director: Jennifer Schoffstall; Abby Doran, student director
Lead actors: To be announced
Cast and crew: To be announced
Performances: April 22 and 23, 7 p.m. and April 23 and 24, 3 p.m.
Tickets: To be announced
Delone Catholic High School
Production: "Anne of Green Gables"
Synopsis: Anne, a 12-year-old who is adopted by an elderly couple, is a precocious young lady who has a hard time keeping her mouth shut. She matures into a bright, young adult who learns of love and romance.
Director: Greg Lauchman
Lead actors: Emma Roder, Gabi Davidheiser and Joseph Staub
Cast and crew: 30
Performances: April 1 and 2, 7:30 p.m. and April 3, 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $5 for adults, $3 for students. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.
Fairfield Area High School
Production: "The Little Mermaid Jr."
Synopsis: Based on the Disney classic, "The Little Mermaid Jr." is an enchanting look at the sacrifices people make for love and acceptance. In a magical underwater kingdom, young mermaid Ariel yearns to leave her ocean home - and her fins - behind and live in the world above the sea.
Director: Katie Myers; Patsy Mills, assistant director
Lead actors: Dorrie Hammond, Noah Hoffman, Katlyn Krietz, Allisa Baker and Hannah Hooper
Cast and crew: 38
Performances: March 4 and 5, 6:30 p.m. and March 5, 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $7 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens, $3 for students in kindergarten through fourth grade, free for children age 5 and under. Tickets must be purchased at the door. Sales begin half an hour before the show.
Gettysburg Area High School
Production: "Catch Me If You Can," the musical
Synopsis: Follow the true story of Frank Abaganale Jr., who, as a teenager, posed as an airline pilot, doctor and prosecutor, all while bilking people for millions of dollars.
Director: Greg Trax; Carrie Trax, music director
Lead actors: Grant Sanders, Nick Wallace, Antonio Rinaldi, Sarah Fossett and Jessica Sandoe
Cast and crew: 60
Performances: March 4 and 5, 7 p.m. and March 5, 2 p.m.
Tickets: $5 for students, general seating $8, premium seating $10. Tickets can be purchased at the school during school hours and an hour before doors open at the show.
Hanover Senior High School
Production: "Jekyll & Hyde"
Synopsis: A man experiments with a drug in desperation to find a cure for his father’s mental illness, but instead ends up developing an evil second personality.
Director: Rene Staub
Lead actors: Isaac Silver, Madison Maloney, Genevieve Moorhead, Bailey Kenworthy, Colten Ehrhart, Alex Rapp, Michael Peterson Jr., Finn Johnson, Khalique Bohde, Jarrett Klunk, Brent Hill and Lauren Werner
Cast and crew: 60
Performances: April 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. and April 10 at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $10 for adults, $9 for students. Save $2 by purchasing before April 8. Tickets can be purchased at high school or at the door.
Littlestown Area High School
Production: "The Odd Couple"
Synopsis: With her husband having just left her, the neat and organized Florence Unger moves in with her messy and relaxed friend Olive Madison, which makes tensions run high as this "couple" tries to live together despite their differences.
Director: Michael Baker
Lead actors: Katie Mossier, Allyson, Amy Janos and Lindsay Boritz
Cast and crew: 24
Performances: March 3 through 5, 7:30 p.m. and March 5, 2 p.m.
Tickets: $5 at the door
New Oxford High School and Middle School
Production: "Les Miserables," the school edition
Synopsis: In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter.
Director: David Bowman, music director Marcia Knorr, director
Lead actors: Alexander Wilkinson, McKinley Anderson, Adrienne Chase, Richard Reinberg, Elizabeth Baldwin and Kayla Sloan
Cast and crew: More than 130 students
Performances: March 10 through 12, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: General admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens, and tickets are available at the door. A limited number of reserved seats are available for each performance for $10. To purchase reserved seating, contact David Bowman at 717-624-2157, extension 3622.
South Western High School
Synopsis: An ugly duckling judged by the other animals leaves the farm to do some soul-searching and comes face-to-face with a hungry cat before meeting a group of characters.
Director: Duane Bull
Lead actors: Kyle Peter, Hannah Jemison, Jessica Hunsberger and Hailey Jemison
Cast and crew: 60-75
Performances: March 17 through 19 at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $8 if purchased by March 16, $10 at the door
Spring Grove Area High School
Production: "Seussical, the Musical"
Synopsis: Dr. Seuss’s many characters come together with Horton and tiny Whos on their journey full of friendship, uniqueness and love.
Director: Jessica Staub
Lead actors: Vinnie Beck, Katie Gallagher, Seth Shields, Julia Sowers, Chloe Braden and Christian Sherwood.
Cast and crew: 95
Performances: March 4 and 5 at 7 p.m., Mar. 5 and 6 at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $7 for students and children in advance; $9 for adults in advance, $9 for students and children at the door; $11 for adults at the door. Preferred seating is $2 more. Purchase tickets at the high school in advance or one hour before each show at the door.