Photos, story by Fritz Busch
Twenty-six Cathedral High School (CHS) students in grades 7 through 12 have been busy since last August learning new lines and dances and singing lyrics for the production of the musical "The Legend of Sleepy Eye Beauty., based on Briar Rose by the brothers Grimm.
"This is the first children's theater production for CHS in many years," said Musical Director Anita Shikoski. "It is a very entertaining story that all ages enjoy. The musical opens with great excitement in the kingdom because the new princess has been born."
The Finale including the musical cast.
Front left, Margo and Greta Finstad; middle row, Jeffrey Hogen, Aleah Guggisberg, Kristina Long (bunny), and Kate Carlson; back row, Elizabeth Loetscher, Anna Knowles and Anna Mohr.
Emily Eckstrand, left, and Emily Schotzko.
Carlee Pfaff, left, and Kris Nguyen.
The child is expected to save them from the evil force that threatens their kingdom. The evil Aunt Malicia shows up uninvited at the christening, causing a scene that ends with deadly curses.
To protect the child, three kindly godmothers take her to live in a secluded forest cottage until her 16th birthday, when the curse will expire.
With help from a couple thugs, Malicia plots to find the princess so the curse will be fulfilled.
The musical takes place long ago in a kingdom far away over the course of 16 years and will be presented at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Holy Trinity Auditorium.
King RudolphAlex Schotzko
Queen MargaretteMaria Reising
Lord CharlesIan Berdan
Lady EdwinaMegan Olson
Lord SydneyJack Wenner
Lady Sophie LouiseEmily Domeier
Lord PercivalNathan Berg
Lady XeniaAbbey Guggisberg
Malicia's Mice Children:
Lurky Josh Dummer
Icky Josie Pautzke
Elise as a 5year old Margo Finstad
Elise as a 10year oldGreta Finstad
Dierdre the DeerKate Carlson
Rebecca the RabbitKristina Long
Boyd the BluebirdJeffrey Hogen
Olga the OwlElizabeth Loetscher
Theda the TurtleAleah Guggisberg
Bellisima the ButterflyAnna Mohr
Princess EliseEmily Schotzko
Prince MichaelJacob Hogen
Sir VillinuNathan Berg
Director: Anita Shikoski
Vocal Director:Marijo Sweeney
Set: Scott Hogen
Costumes: Jill Berdan
Prince Michael, who has fallen in love with the princess, arrives at a castle to find this his love has fallen victim to Malicia's curse and is sleeping in an isolated tower.
Don't miss the play to learn the exciting conclusion.
This is the last drama experience for six seniors: Emily Domeier, Jacob Hogen, Peyton Lewis, Megan Olson, Karlee Pfaff, and Maria Reising. Many of them have appeared in nearly every NUACS production since they were fifth graders, Shikoski said.
"Besides missing their incredible array of acting, singing, and dancing talent, I will miss the determination, energy, and laughter they brought to every rehearsal," she added.