MCHS brings the magic back to the theatre department


Kaitlyn Steinhiser, News Reporter

MCHS’s theatre department will be performing Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella in the auditorium on November 20 and 21 at 7:00 pm and again on the 22 at 2:00 pm.

This show is, essentially, the classic Cinderella story. A young woman is forced to be the maid of her “evil” stepmother and stepsisters. Then, when the prince holds a ball, her fairy godmother appears and turns her raggedy clothing into a dress and a pumpkin into a carriage. Cinderella then goes to the ball and meets the prince, and they fall in love. She leaves before midnight and before the prince could catch her name. However, she leaves a glass slipper behind. The hunt then begins for the girl with the glass slipper.

Mr. Puetzer, director of the show, chose such a well-known show because he “knew it would be a good fundraiser for the theatre department.” He also chose this show because it requires a complex set.

Set pieces for this show include Cinderella’s house, the ballroom, the garden, and the town itself. One of the bigger pieces is a grand staircase featured on the ballroom set.

The set also spins throughout the show, which is challenging because it spins while the characters are on it. The entire set is on castors, and it will be pushed by “members of the royal court” whenever the set needs to spin. The set typically spins whenever there is a large change of scene.

Cinderella, or sophomore Lauren Werner, is on the set many times while it is spinning. Although being a lead and having to deal with a spinning set may seem intimidating, Werner is taking it all with stride. “It’s really exciting. I’ve never had such a big role before, so it’s funny to be getting so much attention. I know it’s going to be a lot of work, but it’s definitely going to pay off,” said Werner excitedly.

Another thespian who is eager to perform is freshman Julia Miller. This is Miller’s first show at MCHS, and she was initially surprised to be cast as a step sister.

“I honestly didn’t believe that I could have gotten cast as a step-sister. I was also nervous that I wasn’t going to be good enough for it, but I’m getting more confident with the lines and stuff, and I’m getting more comfortable with the people and the crowd instead of being just the new person.”

Miller is not the only newbie when it comes to MCHS theatre; this is also junior Christian Toney’s first show here at MCHS. He auditioned because he “just wanted to try something new.”

While the show is full of newcomers to MCHS’s theatre department, this is also some of the veterans’ last musical. Victoria Myhand, who plays the stepmother and is the choreographer of the show, has been involved in the theatre department since her freshman year.

“Oh my god, I can’t believe it’s almost over,” said Myhand in tears. “It really makes me reminisce about all of the memories I’ve made and family I’ve gained through theatre. I will always treasure the best moments of my life, and most of them happened right here in this auditorium.”

The seniors will be greatly missed by most of the underclassmen thespians. Junior Elizabeth Werner plays the fairy godmother in this fall’s production, and something she is looking forward to is getting to perform with the seniors for one last time.
“I’m looking forward to getting a chance to perform with some of the seniors before they graduate. I love so many of them. I’m also just looking forward to having fun onstage,” said Werner.

Mr. Puetzer can understand what the veteran thespians are going through because Cinderella was actually his last musical when he was a senior at Rogers High School.

Mr. Puetzer also hopes that this show will attract “ both the young and the old.” However, he does think that the dialogue is mostly aimed towards “tweens and up.”

Anyone interested in helping with stage crew or buying a Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella t-shirt can talk to Mr. Puetzer in room A233.

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