NO THEATER? NO PROBLEM CLASS PERSISTS TO PUT ON MUSICAL.Byline: Carol Rock Staff Writer
CANYON COUNTRY - The cast, crew and directors of Golden Valley High School's production of ``The Sound of Music'' have definitely climbed every mountain to put on their first musical.
The school's theater was supposed to be ready in August when the new school opened. It still isn't. The drama classroom, also promised last summer, wasn't finished until after winter break. The class moved in three weeks into the new semester se·mes·ter
One of two divisions of 15 to 18 weeks each of an academic year.
[German, from Latin (cursus) s and two weeks into rehearsals for the show.
Just where they would perform was up in the air until April 1, when school district officials arranged for the performers to use the Vital Express theater at College of the Canyons College of the Canyons is one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the state. According to the National Junior College Research Association, College of the Canyons consistently ranks in the top 50 community colleges in the nation. , negotiating a bare-bones fee of $2,300 for the three-show schedule.
``We heard two weeks ago that it was a go,'' said Jamie Pruscha, drama instructor and director of the musical. ``We couldn't even advertise.''
Despite the hurdles and roadblocks, the company of can-do students and staff has a show. The orchestra, led by Golden Valley's music instructor, Amy Smith, played in the hallway of a classroom building to accompany the actors rehearsing in the drama classroom, where the set of the von Trapp Von Trapp could refer to:
Maria's transformation from novitiate to matriarch suits first-time actress Cassie Gaskin gaskin
the muscular portion of the hindleg between the stifle and hock, corresponding to the human calf. The term is used in horses and sometimes dogs. well. She's enjoying the responsibility of not only being a lead character, but also the teamwork it takes to put on the show.
``I love this show. It's amazing a·maze
v. a·mazed, a·maz·ing, a·maz·es
1. To affect with great wonder; astonish. See Synonyms at surprise.
2. Obsolete To bewilder; perplex.
v.intr. ,'' she said. ``I love being a mother figure. It's amazing how all the interactions work between characters, to sing and act and move at the same time. It's hard to do, but it's fun.''
Matt McClenahan, as Captain von Trapp, is a recent recruit to the stage, but admits to being completely smitten smit·ten
A past participle of smite.
a past participle of smite
deeply affected by love (for)
Adj. 1. with acting.
``This all started because a friend wanted me to try out with her. She told me I probably wouldn't get a part. When I called my mom to tell her I got the captain part, she started screaming,'' he said. ``I had never seen the movie before and didn't know who the captain was. My favorite My Favorite is an independent synthpop band from Long Island, New York. They released two CDs: Love at Absolute Zero and Happiest Days of Our Lives. My Favorite broke up on September 14, 2005, when singer Andrea Vaughn left the band. part is getting to be something completely opposite of what I am. And I definitely want to do this again.''
Francesca Riso, who plays Mother Abbess, washed off the Goth makeup she prefers for day wear with a little protest for her stage debut. Fresh- faced and in tune, she sang with Gaskin about raindrops on roses and whiskers See metal whiskers. on kittens, stealing a quick look at Pruscha to make sure she was on cue.
``I've done theater since I was little with church groups and companies in L.A.,'' said Riso, who also sings with the school's women's chorus. ``The Mother Abbess was actually a part I didn't want, but this is acting and it's great I got a leading role that lets me be a totally different person.''
Pruscha, a graduate of Canyon High, jumped at the chance to start a drama program at Golden Valley.
``It's so exciting, getting to do all the new things,'' she said, walking visitors into the shell of what will be the school's 600-seat theater. ``To be able to be here for the first everything, to develop the program, it's so exciting. And I know someday some·day
At an indefinite time in the future.
Usage Note: The adverbs someday and sometime express future time indefinitely: We'll succeed someday. Come sometime. we will look back on this'' - referring to the makeshift production space - ``and laugh.
``These kids are getting hands-on experience. It's great watching them learn. We're not theory here, we do everything; everyone paints, everyone staples.''
Pruscha and her students produced tickets, programs, costumes and props themselves, sometimes learning to sew sew
v. sewed, sewn or sewed, sew·ing, sews
1. To make, repair, or fasten by stitching, as with a needle and thread or a sewing machine: or build as they went along.
``My brother is a contractor, so he helped build the sets. Everything you see came from the community or favors I've called in all over town,'' she said.
Along with Gaskin, McClenahan and Riso, the cast also features Julian James as Max Detweiler, Amanda Hubbell as Elsa Schraeder and Trevor Khar as Rolf. The von Trapp children Biography
Sofia, Melanie, Amanda, and Justin von Trapp are the decedents of the famous Trapp Family Singers. They are the grandchildren of Werner von Trapp (1915-2007) and great-grand children of Georg Ritter von Trapp and Maria von Trapp. are played by Mandee Pro, Andres Castrellon, Nicole Ross, Will Mercer, Sierra Plush, Lauren Nivon and Devon Wilczynski. Sister Berthe is Katie Walsh, Sister Margaretta is Katrina Blanchard and Sister Sophia is Stephanie Winger wing·er
A player who plays wing, as in hockey or soccer.
Sport a player positioned on a wing
Noun 1. . Zach Anderson Zach Anderson (born October 23, 1982) is an American football defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers. plays Franz and Paige Carroll is Frau Schmidt. The ensemble includes Susana Garcia, Graham Walker, Heloise Abtahi, Christos Mabrakis and Laura Pearce. Lauren Turich is stage managing, assisted by Jocelyn Turcott.
Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252
IF YOU GO
Golden Valley High School's first musical, ``The Sound of Music,'' plays at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at the Vital Express theater at College of the Canyons, 26455 N. Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets are $10 and available by calling (661) 298-8140, Ext. 1616, as well as at the door.
Cassie Gaskin, right, plays Maria and Matt McClenahan, left, plays Capt. von Trapp in the Golden Valley High production of ``The Sound of Music,'' which will be at the Vital Express theater.
David Crane/Staff Photographer
IF YOU GO (see text)