Cinderella comes to life at MHS
By Kaitlyn Schelske
Mandan High School Courier Editor
Having directed musicals for the past 15 years, Anne Greene decided to choose “Cinderella” for several reasons.
“‘Cinderella’ is a classic Rogers and Hammerstein musical and it has beautiful music with outstanding roles, particularly for women,” said Greene. “It is a classic American musical that is ideally suited to do in a high school.”
Leading the female cast for the musical is senior Maddy Jansky as Cinderella, along with junior Lexi Peterson as the Fairy Godmother, senior Elyssa Bickford as the Stepmother and senior Taylor Jung and junior Hannah Jacobson as the stepsisters.
“It is really difficult to put a show together that everybody knows very well because you feel like there’s a really high expectation of what it’s supposed to be,” said Jansky.
With a big musical came a need for a bigger cast and a bigger stage. For both, there was no shortage.
“I’ve got a wonderful cast of very talented kids and a wonderful group of people to work with,” said Greene. “Keri Hess-Bolte is amazing as a musical director. (Stage Manager) Tanner Lind designed and built a beautiful set. (Prop Master) McCallie Willows is punctual and organized when it comes to props and (Assistant Director) Natalie Skovran is totally type A organized. I’ve been really lucky to be supported by a good group of people.”
With the support of students as well as teachers to create the set and prepare for the big day, the rest of the hard work and stress falls upon the cast to finish and get ready for show time.
“It’s been like any musical,” said senior Kristian Stenslie, who plays the role of the Prince. “There’s the beginning stages where you work in just little bits at a time and it’s pretty tedious but when you get the costumes on it’s pretty fun. It gets kind of stressful, but it’s worth it. It’s for the audience.”
With all the hard work the cast has been putting in, their director hopes that it pays off for a wonderful opening show.
“My expectation is that the kids will take what they learn in the last eight weeks and take all of the things they’ve been working on and rehearsing and put them on stage with a lot of energy and joy and commitment and have a great time,” said Greene. “We’ve spent way too many hours for them not to have a good time.”
The show will be performed at the MHS Auditorium on Jan. 17-19. Friday and Saturday performances start at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors/students.