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'Spectaculathon' to take stage at Albert Gallatin

| Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, 7:58 p.m.
Cast members for the show include (from left) Hannah Matthews, 15, who is playing “Little Red Riding Hood;“ Chelsea Feudale, 18, who is playing “girl in Gretel;” Joe Davis, 17, who is playing Narrator 2; Kayla Grimm, 18, who is playing Narrator 1; and Drew Colebank, 17, who is playing the entire cast of Cinderella. Sitting on the box is Emily Dillon, 17, who is playing “Fishergirl.”

The stage at the Albert Gallatin High School auditorium will soon be filled with many of the beloved characters from our youth, such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel, but they will be portrayed in a slightly different light with a bit of taste as the student drama club presents “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” as their fall play.

“We like to do something light in the fall, and it's becoming a tradition with us,” co-director Joe Andria of Morgantown, W.Va., said of the show. “This show is a comedy and a parody on all the best-known Grimm stories.”

The show features several special adaptations of stories, with one flowing into the next.

“There are two narrators who pull the stories together,” Andria said. “They are all their own story, but they flow together.”

The cast includes more than 35 students from ninth through 12th grades who auditioned for the show at the beginning of the school year.

The cast has been rehearsing since mid-September, and scheduling issues have been a factor with many of the students taking part in dual enrollment classes that are very time-consuming.

“They have really made great strides in the past two weeks,” said co-director Toby Maykuth of Masontown. “We have only been able to practice twice a week, but they are really working hard to bring this all together.”

Maykuth said that one of the reasons that they chose this particular production was that they could cast a large amount of students, with the demands of the roles varying.

“This show has 42 speaking roles, so a lot of the students are able to be a part of it,” Maykuth said. “The students who are able to be here a lot for practice have some of the larger parts and those who can only be here for a few of the practices can still be in it in the smaller roles.”

Maykuth said that some students also are playing multiple roles.

The show is appropriate for all ages, filled with lively characters and witty dialogue, that both children and adults will enjoy.

“This is really a fast-paced show,” said Kayla Grimm, 17, of Masontown. “It's very funny and very quick.”

Grimm has been a frequent performer on the AG stage and said that her part as Narrator 1 is one of the most difficult to learn.

“This is the most lines that I have ever had in a show,” she said. “The cast itself is great. We all work together and if you need help, someone will help you. We are just like one big family.”

“It's just a fun show,” Maykuth said, adding that they have received a lot of support from the students and the parents. “We are just thankful for everything that people do, from the fundraising to the driving back and forth. Everyone has been great.”

Directly at the close of the show, the students will begin preparing for the Christmas dinner theater that will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at the school.

The students will be performing “Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus.”

“The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” will be staged at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and all tickets will be $3.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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