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Gering students to present classic fairy tale
January 30, 2014 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Lisa Betz/Gering Citizen - Gering High School students named to the leading roles in this year’s musical production of Cinderella are, from left, John Boyd, Katie O’Boyle, Allie Baird, Aaron Aguallo, Olivia Anderson, Andrew Cook, Hayley Grams and Megan Brady.

The musical adaptation of the classic story “Cinderella” is coming up this spring for students at Gering High School.

The show’s cast has already made a read-through of the show and the principals will start working on their parts Thursday evening.

Director Andy Stobel said he always considers what students he has who are interested and then selects a show that brings out the talents he has to work with.

“When we selected ‘Cinderella,’ we thought the sets would be simpler to build,” Stobel said. “But as we got into it, there were more set changes than we remembered. We needed a show that would work on the stage space we have available.”

Another consideration in selecting the cast is scheduling. Many students are involved in several extracurricular activities and need to work around them when preparing for a show.

“It’s both a blessing and a curse that Gering students are so involved,” Stobel said. “We want them to be involved, but it also pulls them in different directions. It’s something we’ve learned to work around.”

All of the leads from last year’s musical, “Tintypes,” return for the spring production of “Cinderella.” And some cast members who haven’t had major roles in the past will be stepping up for this year’s show.

“I think our newcomers will be able to learn from the veterans,” Stobel said. “Also, those who have been in shows before can pick up some of the excitement of what being on stage the first time was like. I think they’ll complement each other very well.”

“Cinderella” is scheduled for performance Thursday through Saturday, April 10 – 12 in the Gering High School auditorium.

Allie Baird will play the role of Cinderella. Katie O’Boyle is the Fairy Godmother, John Boyd as the Prince, Megan Brady as the Step Mother, and Step Sisters Olivia Anderson as Portia and Chelcey Mannel as Joy. Andrew Cook and Hayley Grams appear as the King and Queen and Aaron Aguallo as the Herald. Justin Brester takes on the role of the Chef, Josh VanListenborgh as the Coachman, Jon Park as the Footman, Jake Thomas as the Steward and Collin Potts as the Minister. Torri Brumbaugh is in charge of the choreography.

The cast of villagers, townspeople and guests at the royal ball include Brittany Eckerberg, Torri Brumbaugh, Brent Barge, Jacob Pieper, Brock Chitwood, Megan Copsey, Breanna Eckerberg, Dreah Hinze, Zoee Knaub, Devan Hawkins, Jim Eastman, Hadley Kirk, Alyson Buiede, Keagan Heilbrun, Dakota Wademan, Kylee Bairn, Brandy Mendoza, Lexi Melroy, Jade Riedel, Alyssa Zwickl, Sarah Lang, Morgan Smith, Tatum Strong, Carrie Murray, Amanda Horrocks, Gabby Rodriguez, Autumn Buehler, Shania Ortegon, Matt Wolfe, Tomoko Kanke, Kassandra Perez, Danika Atchison, Alex Clark, Mikayla Kreider, Becky Boyd, Jenna Longmore, Brenden Brester, Isaiah Wilson, Ciara Sabala, Jazmine Rodriguez, Jordan Burgener, Brooke Doggett, Audrey Fries, Nolan Nelson, Justin Esparza, Justin Schwartzkopf, Holly Walker, Savannah Walker, Kaili Rimington, Katie Martindale, Bailey Kreider and Kaylee Bohnsack.
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