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Little Shop of Horrors opens next week

The Musical Theatre Production class has been preparing all semester for the production of Little Shop of Horrors. The musical tells the story of mild-mannered floral shop assistant Seymour and how his life changes after he finds a strange plant he names Audrey II. The show opens Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7:00 p.m. in the Ray Day Little Theatre. Additional show times are Nov. 15-16 at 7:00 p.m. and Nov. 17 at 2:00 p.m. The cast also will put on two special productions for Deanery sixth graders Nov. 18-19. The show is recommended for ages sixth grade and up.

Junior Kieran Kelly plays Seymour and says he has some similarities with his socially awkward character, but there are some areas where he has to stretch himself to portray him well.

“It’s kind of a challenge because he has to be nerdy to a point it’s almost uncomfortable for the audience,” Kieran said. “It’s also hard to get in the mindset of feeding people to a plant,” referring to Audrey II’s thirst for human blood.

Senior Megan Murphy said she can better relate to her character, Audrey, Seymour’s love interest. Her character is very insecure as the show begins, but by the end her sense of self-worth has increased.

“This is my first lead, so I’m not extremely confident,” Megan said. “So along with Audrey, I’m still finding my confidence.”

Senior Luke Rodski has played a variety of different characters on the Providence stage, but his role as Orin, the evil dentist, is one that is by far the most different from his own personality.

“He’s probably one of the most far out characters I have ever played,” Luke said. “He is your stereotypical evil dentist who is always loaded on his own laughing gas. He’s absolutely wild in that regard, so it takes a lot of energy. It can be tiring to run around all crazy like that for a while.”

As far out as that role is, juniors Victor Beeler and Josh Russell portray the same character in different capacities. Josh controls the various-sized puppets that represent Audrey II as the plant grows, and Victor is its voice. With the smaller puppets, Josh is out of sight controlling a hand puppet. By the end, when Audrey II has grown to its full size, he sits inside the plant base on a small chair and opens and shuts its mouth.

“It’s nothing like I’ve ever done before,” Josh said. “Everything about it is a new thing, and so far everything has been challenging. It’s physically difficult to move, and it’s heavy.”

He also has to learn how to match the puppet’s movements to Victor’s words, something he is still working on.

Victor said it is a different experience voicing the character from the sound booth, and he’s learned that the key is “learning to communicate” with Josh so that his voice and Josh’s movements coincide. As for the character itself, he’s having fun portraying the hungry plant.

“I like how almost cocky he is,” Victor said. “It’s fun.”

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance online at www.providencehigh.net, by phone at 812-945-2538 x 254, or by email at eholifield@providencehigh.net. Tickets also will be available at the door the day of the show. Seating is limited.

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Children’s show on stage this weekend

James and the Giant Peach, a play for the whole family, will be held in the Robinson Auditorium on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 27, at 2:00 p.m. Performed by the freshman and sophomore Providence Players, this delightful children’s show is an offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure about a boy, his insect friends, and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit. Tickets are $5 for adults and students (K-12) and can be purchased at the door. Free admission for children under 5 and for Deanery teachers.

Sophomores Katelyn Phillips and Katie Riggs are members of the cast and looking forward to the show. Katelyn plays Ladybug, and Katie is Spider. Both girls were in the show last year in minor roles so are pleased to have named roles. They said they liked the chance to play different characters than they have before.

“It’s really interesting to be the ladybug because out of all the characters in this play, I didn’t really see myself being a ladybug,” Katelyn said. “So it’s somewhat challenging, but a lot of fun to do.”

They said they feel more prepared to be on stage this time, having been in the cast for last year’s show.

“The show last year prepared me because this year I knew what to expect, and I now know just how we’re supposed to act for the younger kids coming to see it,” Katelyn said.

Katie agrees.

“It helped me work on being loud and dramatic,” Katie said.

Freshman Aidan Singleton plays the Old Green Grasshopper in his first children’s show, and he is grateful for the opportunity to have a named role his first year.

“I love playing the part of a musical person,” he said. “I’m looking forward to getting to show all the work we’ve done for the past months.”

Sophomore Sarah Boehm plays the lead role of James and said she is “looking forward to performing for the little kids.”

Katelyn and Katie said they are excited about the opening performance on Saturday. Katelyn said she is looking forward seeing “the expressions on people’s faces and seeing how much they laugh at what we’ve worked hard” to produce while Katie said she likes the excitement of opening night.

“The adrenaline rush is one of my favorite parts,” Katie said.

Katelyn is a member of Drawing Club and Providence Singers, and Katie is in Drawing Club and Quick Recall, and plays Girls Tennis. Sarah is on the Track, Cross Country, and Swim teams and is a member of Providence Singers and Pinterest Club. Aidan is in Quick Recall, Pinterest Club, and Pro-Life Club.

In related news, tickets to the fall musical, Little Shop of Horrors, are on sale on the school website. The show is Nov. 14-17. More information will be in the next eVision.

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Cast enjoys challenge of this year’s fall show

This year’s fall show will showcase the depth of our students’ acting abilities. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time debuts Friday, Sept. 20, at 7:00 p.m. in the Ray Day Little Theatre. Additional show times are Sept. 21, 28 and 29 at 7:00 p.m., as well as one matinee on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 2:00 p.m.

The Tony Award-winning play, based on the novel by Mark Haddon and adapted by Simon Stephens, seeks to reveal the complexities of the human spirit. Using a non-traditional dramatic structure, it explores the inner world and perspective of the main character, Christopher. The people in Christopher’s world are not perfect, and they must reckon with their failings and all too human frailties to come together and support him. Due to its mature subject matter, this production is recommended for audiences 14 and older. 

Director Mrs. Lynne Miller said she chose the play because the last few years were comedies, and this drama appealed to her because it won Best Play in 2015 and would be “challenging for our students.”

The ensemble play requires the entire cast to remain on stage for the length of the show – but also uses imaginative techniques to portray the world inside Christopher’s mind. Although not specifically stated, his thought pattern and actions imply that he is on the autism spectrum. To make his world believable and authentic, the cast will have to draw on a “depth of emotion” as their characters interact with him, Mrs. Miller said.

“It’s about understanding that we’re all different and adapting to that,” she said. “It’s also about a family that makes some pretty heavy mistakes and in the end can reconcile” bringing the play to end “on an upbeat note.”

Senior Luke Rodski plays Christopher and  said his character is unlike any other he’s ever played before – or anyone he knows. So he did a lot of research and watched other versions of the show in order to portray his character in a way that is authentic and sensitive to his disability.

“I really like that for a lead character, he’s not an ‘average Joe,’” Luke said. “He’s got his own unique character traits. But it definitely isn’t easy.”

Senior Stephen Wilson plays Ed, Christopher’s father. For Stephen, who’s used to playing the comic relief, being a lead character in a dramatic play is “an interesting challenge,” he said. His goal is to “put myself in Ed’s shoes and try to experience how hard it is to be a father to someone like Christopher.”

Senior Claire Reyes plays Judy, Christopher’s mother. She said she has had to push herself to understand her character and her frame of mind because she doesn’t know anyone like Christopher – and her character isn’t in his life much.

“I’m much different than her personality,” Claire said. “It’s difficult putting myself into all that turmoil she’s going through.”

But the experience is still fun, Claire said, and she likes how the cast has all come together.

Senior Regan Elias is Siobhan, Christopher’s teacher. Her character isn’t in many scenes, but she is also the narrator, allowing her to voice Christopher’s emotions — meaning she must be ready to switch between two different characters.

“I just put myself in a mode where I can know Siobhan’s emotions and also Christopher’s emotions,” Regan said.

She said it is an intense experience being on stage with the full cast but she looks forward to audiences seeing it.

“It’s much more serious, but there are upbeat moments and moments of suspense,” Regan said.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance via the Providence website or by calling 812-945-2538 x 314 or at the box office prior to the show. Limited seating is available.

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Students perform on community stage

Several of our students had the opportunity to take their theatrical skills to other venues – and some are still performing. Rising junior Mara Holifield is a member of the Greek chorus in Mamma Mia! at Shelby County Community Theater in Shelbyville, Ky. The show opened last weekend and continues July 26-28 and Aug. 1-3 at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday, Aug. 4, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $11-$16.

Mara said she has enjoyed the chance to perform during the summer, especially since she feels like “I enter an entire new world when I’m on stage and I love to make the audience feel the same way.”

“I love performing, and I am surrounded by positive people who share the passion with me,” Mara said. “It’s somewhat challenging vocally because we create beautiful harmonies, and I’m singing in a different vocal range than I usually do, but I love the change because I feel like I’m really growing from it.”

Recent alumnus Jesse Zoeller ’19 is in Disney’s Beauty & the Beast at Centerstage in Louisville on select dates through Aug. 4. Tickets are $22-$27. .

Other students wrapped up their performances this past weekend. Rising junior Victor Beeler and Andrew Bittenbender ’18 were in All Shook Up on the Jeffersonville RiverStage, with Victor a featured dancer and member of the ensemble and Andrew playing the role of Dean. Mr. Ronnie Breedlove, our musical theatre/technical theater teacher, was the producing artistic director for the Elvis Presley-inspired musical comedy, and Dan Bullington ’76 played the role of the sheriff.

Victor auditioned after hearing about the show from Mr. Breedlove in his Theatre II class, and he was glad to be part of it.

“I absolutely loved getting to meet new people in the cast,” Victor said. “I also loved the music of the show. It’s all Elvis music, but it’s done in a way where anyone who watches the show or listens to it can enjoy it.”

Performing on an outdoor stage had its challenges though. The heat wave that hit during the first two nights of the show made it difficult for backstage costume changes because everyone was sweating. And the closing show was under the threat of rain, so Victor learned what rain pace was, which calls for the cast to increase its pace to try to finish the show before the rain. Unfortunately, the final scenes were cut Sunday night as a storm rolled in, but Victor still enjoyed the experience – including improving his dancing skills, an area where he is weaker.

“The heat was something else,” he said. “We were all constantly drinking water backstage, and getting in and out of costumes wasn’t easy either. But this didn’t take away the fun at all from the experience.”

Three Deanery students who also have been Providence Junior Players (including Mrs. Ellen Holifield’s two youngest daughters) were in Frozen Jr. at the Clarksville Little Theater. Rising freshman KB Merchant and more than a dozen Deanery students, many of whom have been Providence Junior Players, participated in a summer theatre workshop and performed last weekend in Seussical Jr. and/or Lion King KIDS at the New Albany Amphitheater. New cafeteria manager Mrs. Sarah Gahagen was the choreographer for the junior shows.

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Senior gets taste of future teaching career

Senior Jesse Zoeller has thought about being a teacher since he was a sixth grader at what is now St. John Paul II School. He loved learning, but he was a shy student and struggled to communicate well with others. But through theatre, he has overcome his shyness and after doing a job shadow for a day, he feels more certain that teaching is the career path for him, he said.

Jesse shadowed Mrs. Jill Brock, a former Providence parent and a first grade teacher at St. John Paul II. He said he learned from observing her the qualities needed in a “great elementary teacher,” including enthusiasm and the ability to connect with the students. He was then given the opportunity to connect with the students by reading several books to them, including one of his favorites, The Giving Tree.

When they responded with enthusiastic questions, he said he experienced a sense of validation that he was capable of being a good teacher. When he was their age, he wouldn’t have felt comfortable asking questions or reading aloud to others. But being involved in Providence theatre and working at the Louisville Zoo for the World’s Largest Halloween Party has helped him grow more confident in overcoming his past shyness over meeting new people.

“Students who had never met me before were asking me questions, and I saw that their communication skills were better than mine were when I was that age,” Jesse said.

Portraying different characters on stage also helped him break out of his shyness, he said. When he talked to Mrs. Brock about teaching, he realized that teachers sometimes use those same skills, by projecting enthusiasm even if they may be having a bad day.

His ability to project enthusiasm is what brought about his job shadow day in the first place. His portrayal of Felonius Gru from the feature cartoon film Despicable Me for a Popcorn Players skit caught the attention of Mrs. Brock. Jesse said she told him how much the students loved his character portrayal and that they would love to see him again. So he set up a day to observe her teaching and visit the students.

Looking back on the day and how the students responded to his storytelling, Jesse said he now feels very confident that he can be a good teacher someday.

“It proved I am capable of doing these things,” Jesse said. “That tells me I’m going down the right path.”

Jesse plans to pursue a degree in elementary education at Indiana University Southeast and is getting an early start by taking some of his general education requirements in the summer sessions.

Mrs. Holifield brings scripts to life

Mrs. Ellen Holifield’s job as theatre teacher, Performing Arts Department chairperson, and theatre director means many long days. Just like a coach, she is busy many evenings and some weekends as she preps her cast for a show. She teaches Theatre I, Advanced Theatre, Musical Theatre Production, and Tech Theatre this semester. She is directly responsible for the production of the spring musical and the Deanery musical as well as the holiday theatre troupe, the Popcorn Players. But her hand is in every show that goes on a Providence stage.

It’s a job she has loved all of her 18 years here, starting right after she earned her bachelor’s degree in theatre arts from Murray State University. (She has since received her master’s in teaching from Spalding University.) Her Musical Theatre Production class, which she co-teachers with Mr. Ron Breedlove, just completed its run of Honk!, but she is already at work finalizing the cast for the spring musical, Freaky Friday. The show will start vocal rehearsals soon, and after Christmas Break, the cast will be hard at work to prepare for the March 8 Premiere Night.

A Q&A with Mrs. Holifield

Question: What do you enjoy most about the productions you oversee?
Answer: I enjoy the entire process of the production. Watching it begin from just a read-through of the script to the final product is always very enjoyable. Seeing the students embrace and develop characters and relationships within the show is great. I always start with a vision of what I think a show will be like, and directing it to come alive is very exciting.

Q: What do you like about teaching theatre?
A: I really enjoy sharing my passion with students. I enjoy working with students who may be new to theatre and taking a class for the first time — it is nice to see them appreciate it and realize that theatre can be fun. I especially enjoy working with the more experienced students, the ones who are a little older and have already discovered their love for the art form. It is fun to collaborate with them and help them grow into strong performers.

Q: Do you have a favorite subject?
A: I enjoy all of the classes I teach. The Musical Theatre Production class that we added a few years ago is fantastic!

Q: Now that you are a PHS parent and teacher, what does that add to the dynamic?
A: All three of my daughters have grown up in the Theatre and coming to Providence, so it is very comfortable for them. My oldest daughter, Mara, is a sophomore. I enjoy having her at school with me. Tessa is in seventh grade at St. Anthony and can’t wait to come to Providence. My youngest, Emma, is in fifth grade at St. Anthony.

Q: What are your goals for the Performing Arts Department as department chair?
A: I would like to see the performing arts continue to grow and strengthen. I would like for our students to continue to gain confidence and experience through the Theatre Program. I would like to continue to produce new works as well as rediscover some older ones. It is great for the students to experience a well-rounded repertoire of shows.

Q: What are you looking forward to with Freaky Friday?
A: Freaky Friday is a brand-new release, so it is very exciting to do something new and to be the first in the area to produce it. Freaky Friday has quite a few roles, which will feature many students. The music is fun and catchy, and the story has a great message. We’ve already auditioned, but I’m still in the process of casting. I can’t wait to get started!

Q: How has PHS Performing Arts grown during your tenure?
A: The performing arts have always thrived at Providence; that was one thing that drew me in. The dedication of our students has always been inspiring, and that has not changed. In my time at Providence, I have really seen the spaces evolve. When I started, the Little Theatre was in Room 209, and now we have an amazing [Ray Day] Little Theatre, where I am able to teach and our students can perform. Also, when I started, the spring musical was in the Koetter Gym, where we had to build a stage along with the scenery that went on it, then carpet, curtain and light the space in order to transform it into a theatre.

Now, we have an amazing facility, The Robinson Auditorium. It’s beautiful, and we are actually in the process of upgrading that. A new curtain was just installed, and now we are in the process of upgrading the lighting system as well. It should be done by our Christmas Spectacular (on Dec. 9). We are also working to upgrade the sound system and install marquee boards. It is so exciting to see the changes!

Q: Anything else you’d like to add?
A: I love being a Providence Player!

Note: The Robinson Auditorium is receiving new theatre lighting technology in December to bring the facility up to date since it’s opening more than a decade ago. Upgrades include state-of-the-art energy efficient LED lights that will be less costly to run and easier to maintain. Providence Players will also enjoy being on stage under lights that produce much less heat.

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Fall musical debuts Thursday

Tomorrow, the fall musical Honk! opens, staged by students in the Musical Theatre Production class. The show runs Thursday through Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in the Ray Day Little Theatre, with a matinee performance on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10, and can be purchased online, via email (eholifield@providencehigh.net), or by phone 812-945-2538 x 254. Tickets can also be purchased at the door, but seating is limited.

The cast is looking forward to presenting the musical, which is lighthearted but with a strong message. Senior Regan Elias said she has enjoyed playing Ida, the mother of the main character.

“It’s a role I haven’t gotten to play before,” Regan said. ”I’ve always played a villain or an ensemble character, so to play a mom who is loving and just trying to find her missing son who no one else seems to care about is a welcome change. It’s a really cool way to open a part of acting I’ve never tapped into before.”

The show is family friendly with upbeat music that will appeal to children but with “depth and humor adults can enjoy too,” she said. Audiences will recognize the familiar tale of The Ugly Duckling but appreciate the new songs, which help bring out the personality of the different characters.

“I think audiences will appreciate the uniqueness of voices and songs within the show,” Regan said.

Senior Jesse Zoeller, who plays Cat, said he is enjoying the chance to play an antagonist. As he always does before portraying a character, he watched a movie to get insight into his character’s motivation. For the role of Cat, he watched the movie It and was inspired by the evil character Pennywise, particularly his smile.

“It’s really creepy, but it’s something the cat would do because he’s slimy,” Jesse said.

The message of the musical is positive, however, and Jesse said he thinks audiences will be able to relate to the theme that our differences make each of us special and unique rather than merely different than the crowd.

Sophomore Victor Beeler plays the main character, Ugly, and he said he enjoyed toying with various ways to portray his character and his wide range of emotions. He believes audiences will like the show because it will tug at their heart strings while also being comical.

“It’s very heartwarming,” Victor said. “It’s also a very funny show, and they’ll get a lot of laughs.”

Senior Ross Reyes, who plays Bullfrog, said he likes that the songs are catchy while also being “full of emotion,” from Ugly’s song about feeling left out to his character’s song, “Warts and All,” about “being proud of who you are.”

Sophomore Kieran Kelly plays the military commander Graylag the goose, said he was surprised at the depth of the story and its message.

“I thought coming in that it was just happy go lucky,” Kieran said. “But it has a lot of themes and messages in it that are pretty important.”

This is the third year that a fall musical has been staged as part of the Musical Theatre Production class, which gives sophomores through seniors a chance to prepare for the spring musical. Regan said putting on a full-length show with rehearsals primarily in class time actually has more time constraints than one might think.

“Preparing for a show during class time is kind of stressful,” she said. “The cast has to work fast and under a pressure that none of us have really felt before. It’s way different than preparing a show in scheduled time outside of school. Although it is stressful, it is fun to develop a show with the amazing people in our class.”

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House Student Leader Profile: Truth

Seniors Griffin Rogers and Lauren Tomlin have different approaches when it comes to leading the House of Truth as senior executive delegates. But it provides a good balance, Griffin said.

“I like to lead by example, but I can sometimes take charge,” Griffin said, noting that he likes to focus on morale boosting. “Lauren is more vocal and more in charge.”

Griffin said he likes to build up the spirit of the House members, just like he did for the Boys Soccer team. At House meetings, he brings a positive outlook, and he often sends email encouraging his fellow members to participate in events.

Lauren agrees it is more her leadership style to call be more vocal and to call everyone to attention at House meetings.

“I like helping out my House and having everything in order,” she said. “I help bring order to my House and help take pressure off the adults.”

Griffin, who was previously the junior events coordinator for his House, also is a Student Ambassador and recently finished his third season on the Boys Soccer team. Lauren, who previously was a sophomore and junior delegate for the House, also is on the Swim & Dive team for her fourth season and is a first-year member of Green Dot. Both share a love of theatre. Griffin is in Honk!, the fall musical produced by the Musical Theatre Production class and had a lead in the fall show. Both will be in the upcoming spring musical, Freaky Friday.

Lauren said she likes being involved in leadership, theatre, and athletics because it widens her circle of friends.

“I get to meet a variety of kids and make a variety of friendships and do what I love while spending time with those friends,” she said. “It’s like different little families because of the different things I do.”

Outside of school, Griffin said he likes to write poetry and journal, spend time outdoors, and practice shooting his crossbow, which was a Christmas gift his eighth grade year after his success at archery at CYO camp.

Griffin hopes to attend college at Bellarmine University, Ball State University, or Hanover College. He is undecided on his major. Lauren is deciding between Purdue University, Indiana University-Bloomington, the University of Louisville, and Indiana University Southeast. She plans to major in elementary education because she wants to “help shape future minds.”

Lauren said she has enjoyed being a leader in the House of Truth the last few years. As a sophomore, she mainly listened to ideas and suggestions for her House, but by her junior year, she was able to share her own ideas in her role as a junior on the SEAC board, made up of junior and senior House delegates. Now as a senior, her role involves listening to everyone’s ideas and consider them.

“It’s really interesting getting everyone’s point of view,” she said.

The House of Truth is again planning an all-school service project for the Christmas season in which the Houses will be challenged to adopt the most families from the local Angel Tree program.

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German thespian students visit PHS

Last week, our students had the opportunity to interact with 19 European acting students who attend school at Goldberg-Gymnasium (high school) in Sindelfingen, Germany. The visiting students stayed with several Providence host families and attended classes for part of the day over two days last week as well as produced the German play Biedermann and The Fire-Raisers by Max Frisch.

This is the third time a group has visited from Goldberg-Gymnasium, thanks to one of their teachers, Ms. Krista Eichler, a former neighbor of school archivist Mr. Ray Day ’57. Providence was only one of the stops on their visit, which included Cincinnati, Columbus, Chicago, and Alabama. PHS was the only local school on their trip. 

Theatre teacher Mrs. Ellen Holifield was pleased to be able to introduce our students to a different type of theatre.

“This is a great cultural experience for our students to see how the arts are produced in other countries,” she said.

Junior Stephen Wilson said he enjoyed hosting a student because he had the chance to talk to someone from a different country. He also liked watching their play and experiencing German theatre, which he found “very interesting and thought provoking.”

Senior Emma Rauck hosted four girls and said she too enjoyed learning about life in Germany and the differences in their high schools. She was surprised when they described German people as cold because she found the girls “really kind and sweet,” she said. She gave them a taste of American life by taking them on their first visit to a Target store, which they really liked.

She also enjoyed being able to discuss the differences in American and German theatre. The visiting students watched the matinee performance of The Enchanted Bookshop and told her they found the cute, lighthearted show about storybook characters who come to life “a little odd” because their country’s theatre is more serious and typically includes a political or other message for audiences to ponder and discuss.

Emma said she watched both performances of the students’ play, which gave her a chance to see the girls she hosted switch roles.

“I just liked seeing how different ones brought out their character,” she said. “Overall, it (hosting the students) was fun.”

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Children’s show debuts Oct. 26

This weekend, the freshman and sophomore Providence Players will present The Enchanted Bookshop, a children’s play performed in the Robinson Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Admission is $5 at the door.

The cast is looking forward to the show, especially the matinee next Monday morning when Deanery school children will attend the special performance. Sophomore Rosie Kempf plays Marge, the bookshop owner and lead character. Rosie said playing the lead is a bit intimidating because so many other actors depend on her getting her lines right, but she’s still enjoying herself.

“It’s a little bit scary, but it’s fun at the same time,” Rosie said.

Sophomore Josh Russell said he shares the same feelings. He plays the character Sherlock Holmes, one of the book characters that come to life when the store is closed, and the role is his first lead. He said it is more challenging to be one of the main characters, but he is relishing it at the same time.

“I enjoy being in the spotlight a little bit and being up there right next to my friends who are also up there in main roles as well.”

For much of the cast, being able to be on stage with their friends and having a common purpose make the experience even more enjoyable.

Sophomore Anna Isler plays Heidi, the storybook character who grew up on the Swiss Alps with her grandfather. Anna was unfamiliar with the tale but is having fun portraying her as “a German girl who hits people with flowers,” she said.

“I get to be crazy on stage, and hang out with my friends,” Anna said.

Sophomore Mara Holifield also was unfamiliar with the story of her character, Pollyanna, but she enjoys portraying her because she is “fun and super peppy,” she said.

Sophomore Kieran Kelly plays Robin Hood and said he likes being in the show because it is a chance “for the sophomores and the freshmen to experience what Providence theatre really is” – and to showcase their talents since most other shows often have lead roles played by older students.

For Kieran, Anna, and Josh, having a lead role in the show has another challenge – rehearsing for a second show at the same time. They are all also in the Musical Theatre Production class, which is staging the musical Honk! Nov. 8-11.

Josh, who also plays Father Swan in Honk!, said he is handling balancing the two shows without any trouble, noting that he does have more spoken lines in The Enchanted Bookshop. Anna, however, said having to learn lines and portray two different characters can be “overwhelming at times, but it’s fun,” especially because she gets to spend more time with her friends.

Kieran agrees.

“It’s a little stressful, but it’s a lot of fun,” Kieran said. “I just really enjoy theatre, and it’s not as bad as I thought it would be being in two shows at once.”

The cast is especially looking forward to the Monday Deanery performance when the audience will be mainly children grades four and under.

“I really like seeing familiar faces from the school where I went (OLPH) or schools I’ve been in and seeing those kids enjoy something that I’m doing,” Josh said.

Anna agrees.

“Playing a character for them is fun because you get to make them happy,” Anna said.

But it’s not just the children who will enjoy it, Mara said.

“It’s good for all audiences because it’s fun,” Mara said. “Little kids will enjoy it but so will the adults.”

Here is a full cast list
Director: Patrick Holifield
Marge – Rosie Kempf
Bombalurina – Sami Mayrose
Mom – Abby Hanlon
Timmy – Jack Kaiser
Robin Hood – Kieran Kelly
Tom Sawyer – Aaron Burke
Sherlock Holmes – Josh Russell
Dorothy – Gillian Evans
Heidi – Anna Isler
Pollyanna – Mara Holifield
Book Fairy – Cai Celestin
Lady in Red – Beth Wimsatt
Fagin – Kayla Badon
Long John Silver – Jacob Russell
Officer Ketchum – Brooklyn Stocksdale
Officer Releasum – Sydney LaMaster
Fingers – Jack Kaiser
Edie (Eddie) – Ryker Williams
Doctor Dolittle – Katie Riggs
Queen of Hearts – Pennelope Trinkle
Toto – Icelynn Richey
Wicked Witch of the West – Sarah Boehm
Hopalong Cassidy – Katelyn Phillips

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