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72 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 30 -June 5, 1997 LMS students present bewitching "Hansel and Gretel" By Rosanne Pack The Gingerbread House looked good enough to eat and the witch was wicked enough to deserve a good swift push into the fiery oven when a fourth grade class brought touch of live theatre to Lewes Middle School. Students of Sallie Jones per- formed an adaptation of "Hansel and Gretel" after helping prepare the set and costume designs as well as gather props. The full- scale production included live music and chorus numbers and major scene changes. The play was performed four times for different classes at Lewes Middle. Scheduling sever- al performances allowed Jones to use a double-casting system so that students switched off playing principal characters and Ginger- bread Children who also served as the chorus. Everyone who wanted to got to play a character in two performances. "This class is strong academi- cally, and they are very creative, so we decided to do a play asan end-of-year project," Jones said. "The kids were very enthusiastic, and we had great help from some of our parents." Some o.f the students had stage experience in school or with churches or area community the- atre groups, but many were ap- pearing before an audience for the first time. According to Jones and the eager young actors, all four performances went smoothly, and most students are eager to trod the boards again. All agreed that learning the songs, lines set to mu- sic, was easier than learning lines for dialogue. The class worked on the project for two months, but only from 2:30 to 3:15 each day. When it was time to cast the show, Jones had the students audition, just as they would for a community or professional group. "We were told the parts that were available, and we could de- cide if we wanted to try out for one," Ky Hacker-Page said. "I wanted to try for Peter, the father, and I got to play him in the second cast." Carly Roessler said she wants to do more plays. She set her sights on playing Gretel, and went for it; she portrayed Gretel in the second cast. "I would like to be in another play like this one," she said. "I could maybe be the lead role. I like to act a lot." Characters and costumes Daniel Prettyman played the fa- ther in the first cast. He said the students thought about their char- acters, how they would act and sound, when they auditioned, and then when they got into re- hearsals. "When I was the father, I had to talk old; I tried to make my voice sound old," Prettyman said. The students had plenty of help in getting their costumes together, but they also were'responsible for deciding what was best for their character. When it came to the witch, Courtney Lorah, Witch I, and Jasmine Woods, Witch II, found that the right accessories make the witch. "Jasmine and I tried different colored aprons, a blue one and some other colors, over the black skirt, but they didn't look right," Lorah said, "Then we made it all black including the apron. With that and the black socks, it was right." Chris Wade got to play Peter, the father, in the second cast. He found the experience of wearing stage make-up a new one, but he understood that it was necessary. "If we didn't wear make-up on stage, the lights would wash out our faces too much," he ex- plained. "Even the boys had to wear some lipstick and some color on our cheeks." He sail no one was embarrassed about wearing make-up because they know it is what actors do. An act of teamwork The students accepted that each character is of equal importance to a play, no matter how big the role. Bobby McVey played the Sand- man in the first cast, and he ex- plained his insight into the part. "I was glad to be the Sandman," he said. "I thought it was impor- tant for someone to be there to help the children when they were lost in the forest." Two students, Steven Parseghi- an and Andrew Rogan kept props and set changes moving as they worked as stage crew. The students said that they were rewarded with great responses from the audiences. Andrew Adams played Hansel in the first cast, and he found that everyone liked it when the wicked witch tried to fatten Hansel up so he would bake up well. "I think the younger grades es- pecially liked the play, but every- one liked the part when Ky and I had to get into the dog cage," he said. Jones credits the finished look of the set to the hard work of par- ent Dana Long. Long designed the Gingerbread House and a room in Rosanne Pack photo Hansel and Gretel apply a generous sprinkle of magic dust as they bring the Gingerbread Children back to normal life in the Lewes Middle School production of the classic faery tale. 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