Updated with photos

Oceanside tells ‘Cinderella’ tale

Nov 02, 2012
Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest Cinderella (Emilee Cross, center) shares royal ball memories with her stepsisters (Jason Lund, left, and Matt Zable) in Oceanside High School’s Just Off Broadway Players production of “Cinderella.”

Rockland — The Oceanside High School Just Off Broadway Players will open their production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” Friday, Nov. 9 for a two-weekend run at Oceanside East, 400 Broadway. Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m., the run’s only matinee.

More than 150 students have been hard at work both on stage and behind the scenes to bring this classic fairytale to life. Director Alison Machaiek credits her talented technical theater classes with overhauling last year’s award-winning Notre Dame de Paris set from a somber gothic structure to a crystalline castle that serves as a backdrop for this production.

Lighting designer Zack Picard is providing a colorful palette to enhance the magical feel of this timeless story. Ross Alex serves as sound technician, assisted by mic handlers Vieno Carter, Hannah Lacasse and Brooke Lowell. Crew chiefs JT Tobin and Preston Spear keep the set changes moving while stage managers Liz Fletcher, Laura Swanson and Lizzie Lombardo keeping the backstage running smoothly. Maxine Buretta and Kelsey Lawry serve as costume mistresses for this very large cast.

The technical crew also includes Sean Grace, Ireland LeBlanc, Justin Robinson, Ashley Gardner, Ryan Allender, Tony Baudanza, Abby Billlington, Zoe Billington, Becca Boggs, Kasey Buretta, Jenny Carter, Jamie Lynn Delbueno, Brianna Dunham, Kayln Grover, Abbey Lacasse, Steven Goodridge, Elena Lausten, Danessa McDonald, Kayla Malmstrom, Jordan Matero, Katie Maynard, Raven Meklin, Philip Reinhardt, Chloe Finger and Reilly Flanagan.

Emilee Cross plays the title character, Cinderella and Cole Chase plays the prince. Maxine Buretta portrays the stepmother supported by step “sisters” Matt Zable and Jason Lund. Nick Mahar and Kalia Harris serve as King and Queen, while Cole Barbour and Aaron Clarke, as the Heralds keep the audience informed of the royal happenings. And Megan Rickard as the Fairy Godmother stirs things up.

Special cameo appearances will be made by faculty members David Johanson, Josh Mahar, Jesse Bartke and principal, Tom Forti.

The ensemble features Calvin Allen, Sam Johnson, Matt Ansart, Meg Magonagle, Kingsley Holmes, Kasie Waters, Hannah Grace, Anna Walker, Kaite McGuill, Hannah Loring, Sarah Penney, Emma Waldron, Allison Hawksley, Grace Carias, Kristen Phillbrook, Sadie Lake, Jackie Thorbjohnson, Molly Tobin, Janelle Fowlie, James Nguyen, Joe Njache, Kaleb Robinson, Love Eklund, Lars Feuerlein, Emma King, Cortney Simmons, Kendra

finnegan, Riley Pillsbury, Emma Rose Newmeyer, Emily Protheroe, Jordan Carpenter, Riley Simmons, Samantha Calamari, Willow Crawford Crudell, Zoey Proctor, Rj Jones, Rachel Johnson, Jaylyn Hurd, Chelsea Keyes, Olivia Carver, Megan Chasse Perry, Charlotte Strong-Ames, Jebodiah Fontaine, Dora Thompson and Amanda Hoppe.

David Johanson serves as the production’s technical director, while vocal direction is by Barbara Hendricks. Marlene Hall leads the pit Band.

Tickets at the door are $8, $6 for students and senior citizens.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Thanks to her fairy godmother (Megan Rickard, left), Cinderella (Emilee Cross) gets to go to the ball. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
"The prince is giving a ball!" (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
When the glass slipper gets passed around, a group of “Gagas” show up for their fittings. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
The family feud of “Cinderella” works out in the end at Oceanside High School. Pictured are, front from left, Cole Chase as the Prince and Emilee Cross as Cinderella; and, behind them, Jason Lund, Maxine Buretta and Matt Zable as Cinderella’s stepfamily. (Photo by: Dave Johanson/Hannah Lacasse)
Cinderella and the Prince (Emilee Cross and Cole Chase) work out their destiny as his royal parents (Nick Mahar and Kalia Harris) look on. (Photo by: Dave Johanson/Hannah Lacasse)
The palace ball brings the fairytale couple together in Oceanside’s “Cinderella.” Pictured are Cole Chase as the Prince and Emilee Cross as Cinderella. (Photo by: Dave Johanson/Hannah Lacasse)
And they all lived happily ever after. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
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