Attendance at ZCSTC Plays 2007-Present

 

  Year Fall/Spring Name of Show Attendance  
  2012 winter Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 511 (two nights only)
  2007 Fall The Matchmaker 592    
  2016 Fall You Can't Take It With You 703
  2009 Fall Christmas Carol 709    
  2010 Fall Midsummer Night's Dream 716    
  2014 Fall The Wind in the Willows 769    
  2008 Fall The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1) 855    
  2015 Fall The Hunchback of Notre Dame (2) 918    
  2010 Spring Pirates of Penzance 954    
  2013 Fall The Princess Who Had No Name 958    
  2009 Spring Once Upon a Mattress 986    
  2017 Spring Oklahoma! 986    
  2011 Fall The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood 992    
  2012 fall Alice in Wonderland 1049    
  2012 Spring Wizard of Oz 1152    
  2008 Spring Annie 1183    
  2015 Spring Mary Poppins 1303    
  2011 Spring Cinderella 1304    
  2013 Spring Seussical 1367    
  2014 Spring Willy Wonka 1423    

 

Fall shows only

Year Fall/Spring Name of Show Attendance  
2012 fall Alice in Wonderland 1049    
2011 Fall The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood 992    
2013 Fall The Princess Who Had No Name 958    
2015 Fall The Hunchback of Notre Dame (2) 918    
2008 Fall The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1) 855    
2014 Fall The Wind in the Willows 769    
2010 Fall Midsummer Night's Dream 716    
2009 Fall Christmas Carol 709    
2016 Fall You Can't Take It With You 703  
2007 Fall The Matchmaker 592    
2012 winter Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 511 (two nights only--so this has the highest average attendance by night!)

 

Spring shows only

2014 Spring Willy Wonka 1423    
2013 Spring Seussical 1367    
2016 Spring Shrek the Musical 1351
2011 Spring Cinderella 1304    
2015 Spring Mary Poppins 1303    
2008 Spring Annie 1183    
2012 Spring Wizard of Oz 1152    
2017 Spring Oklahoma! 986
2009 Spring Once Upon a Mattress 986    
2010 Spring Pirates of Penzance 954    

The Princess Who Had No Name

Fall, 2013

When a girl wakes up alone in a tower in the forest, she has no memory of her past. She can’t remember where she’s from or how she got there. She can’t even remember her own name! All alone, she embarks on a journey to recall her past. Along the way, she meets several fairy-tale characters — Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Cinderella and Rapunzel to name a few. Some are helpful and some dangerous, yet all have information that intertwines and helps our fair maiden recall her own story, eventually revealing her true identity as a princess. Of course, her prince is desperately looking for her, but he seems to always be one step behind and inadvertently rescuing and winning the hearts of the wrong princesses! With fun new takes on the stories everyone loves, the Princess’s quest to remember her true identity keeps everyone guessing to the happily ever after ending!

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Tiffany Prechel Production Preparation Crew`
Natalie Benson Good Fairy 1 and Forest animal
Sami Froemke Production Preparation Crew
Claire Simmons Good Fairy 2 and Forest Animal
Rebecca Negrete-Ramos Rapunzel's Forest Witch and Forest Animal
Marcella Godina Fairy Godmother
Sophia Bos Snow White
Sarah Dunn Bear (middle) and Southern Courtier
Iszondrea Robbins Giddy the Dwarf/Southern Courtier
Lindsey Rightmire Good Fairy 3 and Forest Animal
Meagan Andersen Goldilocks/Southern Courtier
Kasie Thompson Cinderella
Zoie Smith Flighty the dwarf
Nicole Barajas Queen of the West and Queen of the South
Stormy Slack Production Preparation Crew
Alice Hiemstra The Princess
Esmeralda Barocio Gonzalez Evil Fairy, Forest Animal
Sabrina Allen Guilty the Dwarf/Southern Courtier
Rosie Green Rapunzel
Kristen Yanez The Steward/Forest Creature
Amanda Gregory Hansel/Gretel Forest Witch/ Southern Courtier
Megan Sifuentes Gretel (later Whiny the Dwarf)
Rayanna Kuhnhenn Queen of the North/forest animal
Michael Cozzens Little Bear/Southern Courtier (later Prince Adonis)
Terrence Kayutak Hippie the Dwarf/Southern Courtier
Levi Nelson Whiny the Dwarf/Southern Courtier (later, Prince Reveille)
Nathan Rodriguez The Herald and Prince Swavay
Sterling Smith Rumplestiltskin (also later, Papa Bear)
Ian Ritchie Nosy the Dwarf/Southern Courtier
Isaac Alexander Rowdy the Dwarf; King of the South
Sara VanCorbach The Nurse/Forest Animal
Ethan Fischer Big Bear and Prince Adonis (original)
Trint Schenk Prince Reveille (original)
Cole VanderMeulen Hansel/Prince Hercules
Samantha Pietscher Production Preparation Crew
Rebecca Mann Production Preparation Crew
Rachel Fender Production Preparation Crew
Reigna Bower Production Preparation Crew
Elizabeth Aguiar Production preparation crew
Gabbee Pistoresi Production Preparation crew
Karina Lunning Production Preparation Crew
Jenna Bower Production Preparation Crew
Hayley Anthony Production Preparation Crew
Kenia Rangel Production Preparation Crew
Alejandra Carranza Production Preparation Crew
Naomi Campbell Production Preparation Crew
Ryan Grenz Production Preparation Crew
Reon Whittum Production Preparation Crew
Cody Juan Production Preparation Crew
Josh Fender Production Preparation Crew
Austin Wingardner Production Preparation Crew
Jazmin Carranza Production Preparation Crew
Sarah Soto Production Preparation Crew
Caitlyn Wertenberger Production Preparation Crew
Cody Kallenberger Production Preparation Crew
Sophie Allen Production Preparation Crew

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Willy Wonka

Spring 2014

The novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was written in 1964 by British author Roald Dahl, a British novelist, short story writer, poet, fighter pilot and screenwriter.
Born in Wales toNorwegian parents, Dahl served in the Royal Air Force during World War II, in which he became a flying ace and intelligence officer, rising to the rank of Acting wing commander. He rose to prominence in the 1940s with works for both children and adults and became one of the world's best-selling authors. He has been referred to as "one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century." In 2008, The London Times placed Dahl 16th on its list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". His short stories are known for their unexpected endings and his children's books for their unsentimental, often very dark humor.
Dahl's works include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches, Fantastic Mr Fox, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, The Twits, George's Marvellous Medicine and The BFG. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was written in 1964. The story features the adventures of young Charlie Bucket inside the chocolate factory of eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka. The book's sequel, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, was written by Roald Dahl in 1972. Dahl had also planned to write a third book in the series but never finished it.
The story was originally inspired by Roald Dahl's experience of chocolate companies during his schooldays. Cadbury would often send test packages to the schoolchildren in exchange for their opinions on the new products. At that time (around the 1920s), Cadbury and Rowntree's were England's two largest chocolate makers and they each often tried to steal trade secrets by sending spies, posing as employees, into the other's factory. Because of this, both companies became highly protective of their chocolate-making processes. It was a combination of this secrecy and the elaborate, often gigantic, machines in the factory that inspired Dahl to write the story.

It was later adapted into two major movies: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in 1971 (which was actually despised by Roald Dahl himself), starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, character actor Jack Albertson as Grandpa Joe, and Peter Ostrum as Charlie Bucket. It did alright at the box office, but subsequent sales on DVD have made it a cult classic since. Concurrently with the 1971 film, a line of candies was introduced by the Quaker Oats Company that uses the book's characters and imagery for its marketing.

Another film version, titled Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and directed by Tim Burton, was released in 2005. It starred Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka, Freddie Highmore as Charlie Bucket, Deep Roy as the Oompa-Loompas, and Geoffrey Holder as the Narrator. The film was a hit. The 1971 and 2005 films are consistent with the written work to varying degrees. The Burton film greatly expanded Willy Wonka's personal back-story borrowing many themes and elements from the sequel. Both films heavily expanded the personalities of the four bad children and their parents from the limited descriptions in the book.  

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, the musical written by Tim McDonald and Leslie Bricusse, made its stage premiere in 2004 at the Kennedy Center. It premiered with a cast of only seven, with many of the characters, such as the grandparents and thechildrens’ parents, being played by nearly life-size puppets. It was given mixed reviews at the time, but has grown to be loved by most who watch it. Since then, it has been performed all over, from tiny high schools like ours, to huge Las Vegas productions. A new version is currently on the London stage.

Staging this classic fantasy story was a huge challenge for ZCSTC—and students and directors alike have been working for months to design and build the many, many parts of the factory where candy dreams come true.    It was a first show the used rear stage projections as part of the set, and the second act, comprised of the factory scenes, pretty much filled up our tiny backstage with not only elaborate set pieces but also a large crew of techies to move it all fast enough!  It was a fun experience and a challenge at the same time.

Directed by Lynn Brant, Joyce Hollenbaugh and Jason Schoonover

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Willy Wonka                              Eugene Bell                                                      

Kandie                                         Sophia Bos      

Fanny Trout                                Meagan Anderson            

                         

Charlie Bucket                          Sterling Smith

Mrs. Bucket                                Sara VanCorbach

Mr. Bucket                                Alex Fergus

Grandma Josephine                   Sabrina Allen

Grandpa Joe I                          saac Alexander

Grandma Georgina                  Megan Sifuentes

Grandpa George                      Levi Nelson

 

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Amanda Gregory

Brooke Boisselle

Caitlyn Wertenberger

Madelyn Tuning

Claire Simmons

Samantha Pietscher

Sarah Dunn

Sophia Allen

Charlie’s Friends

Rachel Fender

Becky Crossley

Colleen Bell

Emma: Lindsey Rightmire

Alvin: Nathan Rodriguez

Matilda: Rebecca Negrete Ramos

Janie: Marcella Godina

Augustus Gloop Kobe Trego

Mrs. Gloop Madeline Dunbar

Veruca Salt Rosie Green

Mr. Salt Cole VanderMeulen

Mike Teavee Ian Richie

Ms. Teavee Kasie Thompson

Violet Beauregarde Alice Hiemstra

Mrs. Beauregarde Marisa Nelson

Chorus of Cooks/Germans Rebecca Negrete Ramos

Marcella Godina

Lindsey Rightmire

Becky Crossley

Amanda Gregory

Brooke Boisselle

Caitlyn Wertenberger

Claire Simmons

Colleen Bell

Madelyn Tuning

Rachel Fender

Samantha Pietscher

Sophia Allen

The Chef Sarah Dunn

The Camera/Sound Man Nathan Rodriguez

Factory Chorus

Meagan Anderson

Sophie Bos

Sara VanCorbach

Alex Fergus

Sabrina Allen

Megan Sifuentes

Rebecca Negrete Ramos

Marcella Godina

Brooke Boisselle

Caitlyn Wertenberger

Samantha Pietscher

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Levi Nelson

Lindsey Rightmire

Nathan Rodriguez

Amanda Gregory

Claire Simmons

Colleen Bell

Madelyn Tuning

Rachel Fender

Sarah Dunn

Sophia Allen

Becky Crossley

1994-1995:


Continuing to grow and gain experience, we celebrated  earning over 1000 dollars for a play through Alice in Wonderland!

Fall, 1994:  Alice in Wonderland by Charlotte Chorpenning


Requiring  many specialized costumes and colorful characters, this first trip to Wonderland featured many memorable moments.  Jeremy Macy and Michael Johnson played their Mad Tea Party characters so well they even ran an entire pep assembly for the school in character that year!

"Chasing the White Rabbit, Alice tumbles down the rabbit hole into Wonderland. She meets all its famous residents: the King of Hearts, Red Queen, White Queen, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Gryphon, Mock Turtle, the Dormouse, Mad Hatter and March Hare, the Frog Footman, the Dutchess, the Caterpillar and White Rabbit."  (Licensed by Dramatic Publishing www.dramaticpublishing.com)

 Cast and Crew

White Rabbit Brooke Larson
Alice Heather Brown
The Caterpillar Monika Bower
The Frog Footman Danielle Russell
The Cook Kristy Perrault
The Duchess Stephanie Nugent
The Cheshire Cat Cheri Born
The March Hare Jeremy Macy
The Mad Hatter Michael Johnson
The Dormouse Laura Green
The Mock Turtle Trisha Brock
The Gryphon Nikki Emch
Tweedledee Jesse Macy
Tweedledum Chris Carlile
The Red Queen Debbie Fergus
The White Queen Alexandra Muratovska
The King Ben Irion
The Knave Cheri Born
The Executioner Kay Lynn Barnick
Poster design: Kajsa Ericsson
Costumes Stephanie Nugent, manager
Cast and crew and parents
Props Beckie Bruhn, Laura Greene
Backdrop painting Kajsa Ericsson, Seth Portteus
Lights Adam Buechler
Sound Seth Portteus
House Manager Sarah Russell
Director's Assistant Lanye Barnick

Spring, 1995: Great Expectations by Robert Johanson


This show was very challenging for several reasons.  Not only did it run a whopping 2.5 hours, it also contained set locations including a marsh, a mansion (where Miss Havisham lights herself on fire), and a fight on a boat in the water at a dock!  During one show, in which Mrs. Brant had to cover the part of a mean spirited blacksmith, the fuses went on our little lightboard---one bank of lights at a time--while she was on stage, until finally we were left with only the followspot!  We ended up pirating fuses from Adam Buechler's car to get through the rest of the show!  On the "bright" side, we had some of the best acting we had ever done in that play--now fodder for stories for Mrs. Brant as she teaches characterization to her Intro Drama classes!

"Young Pip, the blacksmith's apprentice whose secret benefactor gives him his great expectations of becoming a London gentleman; the mad Miss Havisham who shut herself up in her gloomy mansion when she was jilted on her wedding day; her adopted daughter, Estella, whom she has trained to break men's hearts; the gentle blacksmith, Joe, and his shrewish wife; the escaped convict, Magwitch, and the scarred man who is stalking him; the bumbling Herbert Pocket; the pompous Uncle Pumblechook; the austere lawyer, Jaggers, with his whimsical clerk, Wemmick; the murderous Orlick; kindly Biddy; arrogant Drummle; and a vast array of wonderfully actable roles. The production can be played simply on a set which cleverly takes the audience from the windswept marshes to gloomy mansion, bustling London and even a boat collision on the Thames. Gripping drama, delightful humor and a true Dickensian flavor all the while."  (licensed by Dramatic Publishing www.dramaticpublishing.com)

 

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1995-1996:

Fall, 1995: A Christmas Carol by Brian Way


The classic Charles Dickens tale of Ebenezer Scrooge's night of hauntings by the three spirits and his subsquent redemption  was performed in December of 1995.  It also was the first play in which we used professionally printed posters, taking things up another notch!  Many notable performances were a part of it as well as some "humorous" moments, like the rehearsal when the Ghost of Christmas Future (Aaron Shuck) couldn't see out of his voluminous robe and got confused as to which side of the stage he was supposed to lead Scrooge (Michael Johnson) off--and as he pointed three different directions, a frustrated Scrooge yelled, "How the heck am I supposed to know where I am going, if the GHOST doesn't even know???"  During performance, a few actors such as Chad Cooper and Jeff Charbonneau (especially the latter) were famous for ad libbing during their scenes--some of which got a bit carried away....  Ironically, Mr. Charbonneau got to try to reign in such behavior later--he came back to teach here and became the assistant drama director!

Spring, 1996: The Wizard of Oz by Elizabeth Chapman

Our first take of this famous show was not a formal musical, but it was fun to produce!  It also was the first time we had the help of the sewing talents of Mrs. Debra Geffe, as her daughter Katie was in this play.  She is still helping today!

"Dorothy finds herself in the land of the Munchkins, and must journey to see the Wizard of Oz. Her path takes her past fantastic places, and endears her to the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Lion along the way. Each receives his dearest wish after the long journey. "  (licensed by Samuel French www.samuelfrench.com)

 

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1996-1997:

Fall, 1996: It's a Wonderful Life by James W. Rogers

This year marked a transition for ZCSTC--the initial groups of drama folk had graduated last spring, and luckily for us, were followed by a large group of equally excited freshmen to keep it going!  The fall play was an adaption of the classic film, and was the first time we used rolling wagon sets.  At the climatic ending, George Bailey's (Jeremy Macy) brother Harry comes home.  Waiting behind the room wagon, Harry (Ben Stoller Black) went to open the door, and pulled back instead of pushing forward to get it open.  Doing so ripped the entire door out of the frame.  With a shocked look, Ben apologized, handed the door to Mrs. Brant, and made his entrance while her fingers showed throughout the entire end scene!

"In our American culture It's a Wonderful Life has become almost as familiar as Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The story is a natural for a stage adaptation: the saga of George Bailey, the Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty, whose guardian angel has to descent on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and to remind him�by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born�that his has been, after all, a wonderful life. This faithful adaptation has all your favorite characters: George and Mary Hatch, Clarence, Uncle Billy, Violet, and, of course, the Scrooge-like villain, Mr. Potter. This fine dramatization not only celebrates the faith of the season, it also celebrates the American philosophy of life: hard work, fair play and the love and support of one's family and community will be rewarded."  (licensed by Dramatic Publishing www.dramaticpublishing.com)

 

Spring, 1997: You Can't Take it With You by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart

Our second time through this classic--and everyone had just as much fun with it as the first time!

 

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1997-1998:

Fall, 1997:  Peter Pan in Neverland

This was our first real musical, directed by Mr. Dave Carlile and Mrs. Brant.  It featured a really colorful set, and a lots of Lost Kids (we had lots of girls in that group too), and wonderful performances...notable Jeremy Macy as Captain Hook and Steven Schilperoort as Smee (singing a version of "I'm a Little Teapot"!), and Ben Stoller Black as the Crocodile (a big rubber suit we borrowed from CWU), Holly Porter as Tinkerbell and Matt Johnson as Peter, along with many others.  This version did not require flying as it skipped the nursery scene at the beginning of the original story and went straight to Wendy and siblings arriving in Neverland and being discovered by the Lost Kids. (was from IE Clark Publishers--possibly unavailable at this time)

 

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Winter, 1997: Charlotte's Web (Drama class) by Joseph Robinette

Trying a third play for the year was a new addition for the year. Mrs. Brant's Int/Adv. Drama class did Charlotte's Web as a term project--including making giant goose costumes, having a little pig named Wilbur be played by Alex DelaCruz--who was over 6 foot tall, and lots and lots of hay (the bales broke and hay was EVERYWHERE)!

"All the enchanting characters are here: Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be "a true friend and a good writer." Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the "miracle" of her web in which she writes, "Some pig." It's the beginning of a victorious campaign which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte." (licensed through Dramatic Publishing www.dramaticpublishing.com)

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Spring, 1998:  The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder


This is a classic comedy, and it is the original script from which the musical Hello Dolly! comes.  It featured our first trap door (Cornelius and Barnaby go down to the storage area in Vandergelder shop), and multiple scenes and turn of the century costumes.

"A certain old merchant of Yonkers is so rich in 1800 that he decides to take a wife. He employs a matchmaker a woman who subsequently becomes involved with two of his menial clerks, assorted young and lovely ladies, and the headwaiter at an expensive restaurant where this swift farce runs headlong into a hilarious complications. After everyone gets straightened out romantically and has his heart's desire, the merchant finds himself affianced to the astute matchmaker herself. He who was so shrewd in business is putty in the hands of Dolly Levi. He is fooled by apprentices in a series of hilarious hide and seek scenes, and finally has all his bluster explode in his face." (licensed through Samuel French www.samuelfrench.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 1998-1999:

Fall, 1998: Tales of the Arabian Nights by Michael Bigelow Dixon

For this show we built the set as a giant magic carpet with The Sultan's palace room on stage right--a completely different design than we had tried before.  Everyone loved their arabian "puffy pants" too!  The entire cast remained on stage the whole play, sitting on pillows, listening to the tales and jumping in to act them out as they unfold.  It covers the "Fisherman and the Bottle", "The Snake Charmer's Wife", "Ali Baba the Forty Thieves" and "Princess Ming and the Tiger" as Scheherazade helps the Sultan Shariar free himself from the spell of the scimitar.  (licensed through Dramatic Publishing www.dramaticpublishing.com)

 

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Spring, 1999: A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare (with alterations by Lynn Brant)

This was our first foray into Shakespeare, with this fantasy of four lovers and a troop of common tradesmen/wannabe actors that get lost in the woods--woods full of fairies and the mischievous Puck.  Through all the mishaps and misplaced affections, Puck finally gets everyone back with the right person and they celebrate their unions at the Duke's palace with the hilarious tradesmen doing their best to put on a show!  The set featured a giant willow tree and a real pond that got the girls wet when they did their catfight scene!  After costume tryons included an attempt at putting boys in tights with their medieval costumes, Mrs. Brant vowed NEVER to do that again.

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1999-2000:


During this time period, we performed our regular two plays, and Mrs. Brant's Adv. Drama classes did some pantomimes to choir medleys with the choir in various venues, like the Civic Center during a Back to School event sponsored by the city (Wiz of Oz), and during the music concerts at the Nazarene Church (Beauty and the Beast), and at the Yakima Mall (Aladdin).

Fall, 1999: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs:

 

from the Snow White Scrapbook Fall 1999

 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Hit the Boards in November

 

Z Center Stage’s latest offering full of fun and a classic tale for all. Imagine one outcast girl with seven little men way out in the forest. Add in an incredibly vain stepmother, a failed love affair, and a murder plot, and you might have a summer blockbuster, right? Well, you will get all that excitement and a few laughs to top it off if you attend Zillah High School’s "Z Center Stage Theater Company production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs November 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the ZHS auditorium.

 

The tale is based directly from the original Brothers Grimm story. For those familiar with the Disney version of this classic tale, you will still find the lovable dwarfs, the innocent Snow White and the nasty and incredibly jealous Queen, but you will also enjoy the added depth given by a palace full of supporting characters and the hilarious Witch Hex and her life size cats in this script by Jessie Braham White. The story begins with introduction of a new maid of honor to the Princess Snow White (Heather Porter). As Astolaine (Christina Peterson) gets to know the other seven maids of honor, she is told the sad tale of the princess she serves by Rosalys (Sarah Dahlin). It seems that Queen Brangomar (Lissette Abel) has been so jealous of Snow White’s beauty since the King’s death that she has relegated the kind princess to kitchen duties. The maids decide Astolaine must meet Snow White and Amelotte (Taynea Simmons) runs off to get her. Soon after the princess’ arrival, the bumbling Sir Dandiprat Bombas (Jay Spurlock) announces the visit of Prince Florimond (Peter Sauerwein) to the castle. Snow White deeply wishes to see him since they have known each other since childhood, but is prevented by the Queen’s express order. The girls decide to disguise Snow White as one of them, allowing Snow White to take Astolaine’s place in the dance for the Prince. The trick works, and the Prince ends up falling in love with Snow White without knowing her true identity. After this is revealed to Queen Brangomar, she secretly manipulates her Chief Huntsman Berthold (Trevor Buechler) to take Snow White out into the deep forest and kill her, bringing her heart back as proof of the deed. Everyone in the palace is told the princess is being sent to boarding school for a year and a day.

 

Of course, Berthold cannot bring himself to carry out the plan and he returns to the castle bearing the heart of a wild boar. Snow White is led by a little bird to the safety of the house of the Seven Dwarfs, and she eats and rests there. When the Dwarfs return home, they discover Snow White and try everything to make sure she will stay with them, which she does. Meanwhile, Brangomar has visited Witch Hex (Tiffany Gorrebeeck), the source of the Queen’s eternal beauty. The Queen discovers that she has been given the wrong heart when the Witch’s Hair Restorer potion goes wrong, and with the help of the Witch, she is turned into an old Pedlar Woman in order to trick Snow White into taking a bite of the magic apple. The plan goes well and the Dwarfs return home to find that there is nothing they can do to save their princess.

 

All is not lost, however. When the Queen returns to the palace, it has been a year and a day and the Prince has come for Snow White’s hand in marriage. Just as she is telling the Prince the sad news of Snow White’s demise, both Berthold and the Dwarfs arrive to tell the truth. The Queen, in anger and jealousy, dashes the Magic Mirror to the ground, breaks the spell that has given her beauty and caused Snow White’s death, and brings about her own downfall, leaving the castle in great happiness as the revived Snow White is made Queen, all in good storybook fashion.

 

Other maids of honor include Emily Sevigny (Ermengarde), Guinivere (Sara Strader), Christabel (Corinne Fergus), Ursula (Annie Shephard), and Lynette (Katie Wheeler). The Dwarfs consist of Tim Phillips (Blick), Mark Keller (Flick), David Portteus (Glick), Andy Bale (Snick), Chris Jennings (Plick), Summer Mitchell (Whick), and Keith Effler as the dopey Quee. Also featured is Reinhard Wolfe, the ZHS foreign exchange student from Germany, in cameo roles as the Bird, the Magic Mirror and Lack Tail the cat.

 

Tickets go on sale October 25 and can be obtained by calling ZHS at 829-5565. General admission tickets are available at the door for $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for students, and $2.00 for children under 7. Reserved seating is available for $1.00 extra per person. Zillah High School Auditorium is located at 1602 2nd Avenue in Zillah.

 

If you are in for a night of family fun and the retelling of a classic story, be sure to mark your calendars for November 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 and come and enjoy some quality, live theater!

 

 

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The Pantomimes:

             February, 2000:  Beauty and the Beast

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Winter Concert to Feature Actors With "Beauty and the Beast" Choral Medley in February

An intrepid group of 14 actors will present choreographed scenes to go with the Zillah High School Honors Choir’s medley of songs from the Disney hit "Beauty and the Beast" on February 22 at the Church of the Nazarene in Zillah. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and is free of charge.

The medley begins with the song "Be Our Guest", combined with spirited servants giving their all to impress Belle. This is followed by the townspeople wondering about their slightly different, but beautiful neighbor in "Belle". In "Something There", Belle and the Beast begin to get to know each other, while across town, the bar room rings with the accolades to the muscular meany in "Gaston". Gaston convinces the townspeople to go after the Beast in "The Mob Song", and the medley is capped off with the beautiful "Beauty and the Beast", showing that true love wins out after all.

Providing characters and dance in this production are a great mix of students, some of whom have never before taken part in a stage production, and that wanted to try a smaller one.

So, for a little taste of this favorite story, don’t miss out on the Winter Concert February 22. You will also enjoy the great sounds of further Zillah High School Honors Choir songs, the Zillah Community Choir and their show-stopping Broadway medley from Fiddler on the Roof, the Zillah Community Jazz Band, and the award-winning Zillah High School Concert Band. It will definitely be a night to enjoy and remember for all.

CAST MEMBERS FOR "BEAUTY AND THE BEAST":

The Beast/The Prince………Keith Effler

Belle……………………………Tiffany Gorrebeeck

Lumiere……………………….Jay Spurlock

Gaston…………………………Chris Jennings

Mrs. Potts……………………..Summer Mitchell

LeFoo………………………….Tovah York

The buxom barmaids……….Chasity Wilson and Crystal Wilson

The Baker, etc……………….Peter Sauerwein

Waiters, townspeople, ensemble members

Lindsay Johnson

Amanda Gillian

Megan Creeley

Laura Farias

Annie Shephard

Shanalee Mitchell

 

Aladdin at the Mall:  We  performed the acting while the choir sang a medley of five tunes from Disney' Aladdin at the Yakima Mall by JC Penneys.

The Wizard of Oz Pantomime: We put together our own short and sweet version of The Wizard of Oz for an all city event in Stewart Park, performing on the west end of the Civic Center outside.

 

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Spring, 2000: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers


Our first Broadway musical!  This western story featured lots of quick changes (we had to build dressing rooms into the back of the set to accommodate all of them!), fun squaredancing and acrobatics, and a huge cast!

"Set in Oregon in 1850, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS tells the story of Millie, a young bride living in the 1850's Oregon wilderness. Her plan to civilize and marry off her six rowdy brothers-in-law to ensure the success of her own marriage backfires when the brothers, in their enthusiasm, kidnap six women from a neighboring town to be their brides. Bursting with the rambunctious energy of the original film, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS is all boisterous fun and romance that harkens back to the glory days of the movie musical." (licensed through Musical Theatre International (www.mtishows.com)

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1990-1991: 

The Mousetrap  by Agatha Christie (March 1991)


Mrs. Brant's first play at ZHS!  With the intrepid group of less than 10 in the Drama Club, we waited until March to mount our first production.  

"A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, and the suspicions that are in their minds nearly wreck their perfect marriage. Others are a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. Into their midst comes a policeman, traveling on skis. He no sooner arrives, than the jurist is killed. Two down, and one to go. To get to the rationale of the murderer's pattern, the policeman probes the background of everyone present, and rattles a lot of skeletons. Another famous Agatha Christie switch finish! Chalk up another superb intrigue for the foremost mystery writer of her time."  (licensed through Samuel French (www.samuelfrench.com))

The Worst High School Play in the World by William Gleason (May 1991)


The Drama Club grew after their first outing, performing this farce based on the life of Ivanhoe, and featuring everyone from cast from the March play to heavyweight wrestlers in cameo parts!

"This play begins in the year 1243 A.D. and all is not well in the land of Saxonia. Darkness and discontent hang thick in the air like sausages in a smokehouse. The reasonably handsome King Isadore is off to the Crusades to smite heathens and purchase porcelain. In his place, his creep brother Prince Viscera brings sorrow and fear to every hearth and leaves them sitting on the front porch like two quarts of spoiled milk. There is also joy in Saxonia, for Isadore has not only left town but he has also left a son. The boy's name is Ivanha and this is his story. It is a story of love and revenge. More than that, it is the worst plot you've ever seen on a stage! Return with us to those thrilling days of yesteryear when men were men, women were women... and squirrels were squirrels!" (licensed through Dramatic Publishing (www.dramaticpublishing.com))

 

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1991-1992

Three Murders and Its Only Monday! by Pat Cook (Fall, 1991)

The next year we were back at it again, and gaining more members.  A large group of freshmen joined our ranks--one that would become the first of many influential groups to stick with drama for all four years of their high school experience.  We did a hilarious detective/murder mystery to start off the year.  

""It was the kind of night when you caught yourself holding your breath for no reason at all." So says private eye Harry Monday as he investigates three murders at the Peaceful Pines Sanitarium. Even the police are getting tired of coming out and ask Doctor Morrissey if he could just phone in the details. Then when Tara, a sultry soon-to-be-heiress, shows up, Harry puts his best foot forward... right in his mouth. "Odd how relatives always head up a suspect list," he notes as the deceased's families arrive. Odder still when he finds out they all belong to the same family! Harry finds it tough going when he tries to determine who killed an old sea captain, a ventriloquist and a tramp. What did these three have in common? And why would lawyer Lilly Dramkean get involved in shady legalities? Or Larramore take a night off on the date when the murders took place? And how come no one can ever keep track of socialite Mary Tobias, "One of those dames from Who's Who who don't know what's what," Harry says. Throw in an Indian, a Swedish gardener and a disgruntled nurse and the confusion multiplies. This lightning-paced comedy/mystery comes complete with its own lightning as a storm blows out all the fuses...and the murders keep coming! In this spoof on the old-style private-eye movies, the laughs are fast and furious... and the ending will simply kill you!"  (Licensed through Dramatic Publishing www.dramaticpublishing.com)

This play was followed by the chance to take over for the Lion's Club and run the Haunted House in a old residence downtown for Halloween.  We had fun dressing up as horror characters and earned some money for several years doing this.

 March, 1992:  The Phantom of the Opera by Gene Traylor (non-musical version)

The spring found the Drama Club venturing into a more serious play with this non musical version of the famous story by Gaston Leroux.  We gained several more long standing actors and techies during this show, which included blank gun shots, fake blood and a very sweaty, masked Phantom!  When the smaller blank pistol broke, we borrowed the track team's 357 starting pistol--and along with the flash that came from the barrel, we almost made the entire front row jump out of their seats!  Hmmmm...

"In this great tongue-in-cheek comedy/thriller, The Phantom of the Opera returns, guaranteed to terrify and delight even the boldest member of your audience. This adaptation of the classic remains quite faithful to the original text, in which a series of bizarre murders plagues the Paris Opera House. In the midst of frantic attempts to prepare for the gala opening of a brilliant, ambitious new work, the frightened protagonists must prevent the evil phantom from striking again. Will the beautiful and talented Christine be spared a horrible murder at the hands of the elusive phantom? Will her handsome fiance discover his hiding place before it's too late? Enjoy this show and see for yourself if you dare!"  (licensed through Dramatic Publishing (www.dramaticpublishing.com))

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1992-1993

 Fall, 1992:  Bone Chiller by Monk Ferris

With a growing group and a continuing like for murder mysteries, we performed this convoluted rebus filled murder mystery that featured one of our normally demure female actresses ending the show by "shooting" the audience because they knew too much!  

"Thirteen people gather on Friday the 13th at the Travers mansion in New York for the reading of Josiah's will, which is a wall chart rendered in the form of a rebus (a part word, part drawing puzzle) that almost defies solution. Instead of designating an heir, it offers the estate to anyone who can solve the will! The lights keep going out and people keep getting murdered. The audience will have a ball trying to untangle the puzzle faster than the hapless characters. By the final act, revelations are exploding as surprise piles upon surprise."  (licensed through Samuel French www.samuelfrench.com)

 Spring, 1993: You Can't Take it With You by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman


For our next play, we finally were big enough to perform a play that Mrs. Brant had done in college, where she did the set design and played a Russian Grand Duchess.  

"At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. In contrast to these delightful people are the unhappy Kirbys. The plot shows how Tony, attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening. The shock sustained by the Kirbys, who are invited to eat cheap food, shows Alice that marriage with Tony is out of the question. The Sycamores, however, though sympathetic to Alice, find it hard to realize her point of view. Meantime, Tony, who knows the Sycamores are right and his own people wrong, will not give her up, and in the end Mr. Kirby is converted to the happy madness of the Sycamores, particularly since he happens in during a visit by an ex-Grand Duchess, earning her living as a waitress. No mention has as yet been made of the strange activities of certain members of the household engaged in the manufacture of fireworks; nor of the printing press set up in the parlor; nor of Rheba the maid and her friend Donald; nor of Grandpa's interview with the tax collector when he tells him he doesn't believe in the income tax."  (licensed through Dramatist's Play Service www.dramatists.com)

We also attended a drama festival in Spokane called INTAF.

 

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1993-1994:  A Year of Change

 With a larger, more established group, we were able to look at ways to formalize our group.  A strong leadership group chose the name Z Center Stage Theater Company as their first step!   Auditions got tougher and we grew with more dedicated actors and techies!  We also purchased some sound and light equipment, adding to what we could do.  

Fall, 1993: Happily Ever Once Upon by Virginia Kidd

The first play of the year was a spoof on about every fairy tale you can think of, including Cinderella, Prince Charming and a royal advisor with a swan's wing. 

"After twenty years of marriage, Cinderella and Prince Charming have some problems: the Enchanted Kingdom teeters on the brink of bankruptcy. Cinderella's fairy godmother is blackmailing her, the Prince's adviser has one arm and one swan's wing and an unfortunate habit of breaking everything he encounters, and Red Riding Hood has set her cap for the Prince. Though hoping Rumplestilskin can spin gold from straw, the Prince fears he may have to make the Enchanted Kingdom a tourist attraction. Cinderella resolves their difficulties by confronting her godmother and opening the Kingdom to writers who promise them royalties from their stories."  (licensed by Samuel French www.samuelfrench.com)

Spring, 1994: Les Miserables (non musical) by Tim Kelly

Mostly because Mrs. Brant saw the big name musical and loved it and because we hadn't really done any musicals yet, we did this non musical version of the classic tale.

"Les Misérables, one of the world's greatest literary classics, sold out its first edition the day it went on sale in 1862. Since then, it has never been out of print. It has been filmed countless times and is currently the subject of a smash-hit international pop opera. Our gripping new version has been designed for very simple production (basically a few tables, chairs, and a bench). Under two hours in length, it is the story of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his relentless pursuit by "law and order" police inspector Javert. Filled with fascinating vignettes of 19th-century France, the script boasts a brilliant cast of characters who weave an exciting tapestry of humankind at its best and worst. Special emphasis has been placed on the many small roles and female characters—the tragic Fantine and her daughter Cosette, the wretched Madame Thenardier, the lovelorn Eponine—among others."  (licensed by Dramatic Publishing www.dramaticpublishing.com)

 

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2000-2001:

Fall, 2000: The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Because of reading this great script in English classes, Mrs. Brant chose this more serious offering for the fall play. Written in the early 1950s, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible takes place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. It recounts the events surrounding the Salem Witch Trials. This was a time when paranoia, hysteria, and deceit gripped the Puritan towns of New England.  It shows how the paranoia grows throughout the town, and how John Proctor (Peter Sauerwein) tries to find redemption for his previous affair with Abigail Williams (Tiffany Gorrebeeck) by putting things right, something he eventually gives his life for.   There were many great opportunities for strong acting throughout this show.  One of these was the Bird Scene in the courtroom, where Abigail "sees" Mary Williams' (Sarah Dahlin) "spirit" in the form of a yellow bird that is going to attack them to throw the court off of the truth.  We practiced one small section of that over 15 times to get it right during one rehearsal!  During the show, another memorable time was when one of the cyc lights lit its blue color gel on fire during the second half of the show!  Smoke filtered up behind the window (we had a Puritan marshmallow roast outside the house?) and Mrs. Brant dove back there to unplug it with some of the techies.  No permanent damage! (Licensed by

 

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 Spring, 2001: The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan

 Our second big musical offering was also a favorite of Mrs. Brant, and featured a singing style we had not yet attempted.  This show is an operetta, or light opera, by the famous English writing team of Gilbert and Sullivan.  Featuring comedy and over the top characters, it also includes more challenging singing in the vein of opera and of course, the team's famous ingenious lyrics.  It was definitely a challenge, and definitely fun!  Its a hilarious farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers, dewy-eyed daughters and an eccentric Major-General, all morally bound to the often-ridiculous dictates of honor and duty.  One memorable moment was during the performance after a scene with the Pirate King (Matt Mayo), Ruth (Geneva Scaife) and Frederic (Andy Bale).  The bench that the Pirate King hops up on in the dramatic ending to "A Paradox" flipped upside down as Matt leaped off to go off stage after the song.  Andy remained on stage, but didn't have time to fix it in character before Mabel (Heather Porter) entered to find out why he was so sad (he just found out he had to go back to the pirates).  She was supposed to sit on the bench (now upside down) so he could break the news to her gently.  Instead of just playing it standing, Andy, IN TIME WITH THE MUSIC, took his toe, deftly flicked the bench up, and landed it perfectly upright right at the end of the intro to their song, and Heather got her seat.  The chances of nailing that so perfectly again are pretty nil! (no royalties for amateur groups)

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2001-2002:

Fall, 2001: Alice in Wonderland by Charlotte Chorpenning

Our second foray into Wonderland fit the actors we had at this time so well, and was such a hit with children, we had to do it again! (Dramatic Publishing)

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Spring, 2002: Flapper by Tim Kelly and Bill Francouer

"The Roaring Twenties was such a colorful decade that the unbeatable team of playwright Tim Kelly and musician Bill Francoeur couldn’t resist it! Come celebrate the era with them and meet Polly Pepper, a young flapper who really knows how to live in the time of Stutz Bearcat automobiles, Ziegfield girls, raccoon coats, ukuleles, beauty contests, goldfish swallowers and gangsters. Polly’s about to turn 18 and will then inherit a fabulous diamond necklace called the ’Ice Garden.’ She’s planning a madcap birthday party and inviting all her pals. However, with a friend like Susan Stuyvesant-Fish, she doesn’t need any enemies! Polly’s new boyfriend, Buck Wayne, wouldn’t miss the birthday bash for anything, even if he has to land his private plane on the lawn of the polo grounds. But there’s trouble ahead! Mobsters are planning to grab the necklace. But thanks to Polly, they’re defeated in uproarious fashion. Meet fabulous characters like Mona of the Crazy Cat Club, Monica Woodsquirrel of Radio Station WWWW atop Hotel Times Square, crime fighter Lieutenant Fluke, mobsters trying to steal the necklace, and ’Flagpole Sitter’ Lenny Knickerbocker. Not only does Polly save the necklace, she also saves her aunt from losing money in a confidence scheme and manages to become the star of the Ziegfeld Follies before she even cuts the cake! " (licensed  by Pioneer Drama Service http://www.pioneerdrama.com/SearchDetail.asp?pc=FLAPPER)

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