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With back to back smash hits of the all-time loved classics The Wizard of Oz and everyone’s favroite little redhead ANNIE, the Fine Arts Department of Ursuline Academy is proud to present to you its 2011 performance…. all the way from Whoville, USA…. its SEUSSICAL.
AT 7:00pm, play director Mr. David Kemp called the audience’s attention toward the stage with his typical hilarious rendition of the annoying act of answering cell phones during a play. Upon the conclusion of his call, the lights came down and the show began to the happiness of all.
is a magical journey through the classic children’s book series of Dr. Seuss. In tonight’s play, we saw bright lights, elaborate and colorful costumes, and dozens of smiles tracing from ear to ear upon the face of each person in attendance. Though the costumes were enough to grab the audience’s attention, it was the singing in tonight’s performance that stole the show. Tonight was a musical and singing we are expecting, but little did we know that tomorrow we will be reflecting. Reflecting on the talents of so many young, upon the conclusion of tonight’s performance, what a battle these young talents will have won. With another strong performance by Jessica Bagneris ‘11 , SEUSSICAL’s Horton was heard loud and well. One of UA’s most precious young talents, Camryn Wisniewski delivered the latest in a collection of excellent performances. You will all remember Camryn as Dorothy’s close companion Toto in UA’s 2009 version of The Wizard of Oz. Erin Caldarera ‘14 was magnificent in her role as the iconic Cat In The Hat. With show-stopping numbers by Rachel Song ‘13 as Mayzieand Lauren Martin ‘14 leading her pack of Wickershams through Whoville, it was hard to decide who was the star of tonight’s show. Perhaps there was no one single star, perhaps it was a magical performance by a collection of stars. Regardless of whomever the paying audience adored, we applaud them all. However, as the night went on, we couldn’t help reflecting back on the performance of one new star. Making her debut on State St., junior Chloe Cowen ‘12 portrayal of Gertrude won us over to becoming fans of this children’s classic. From her perfectly timed facial expressions, to her impeccable bantar with her castmates and the audience, Cowen ‘12 hit her mark on opening night. With a voice to match her excellent dramatic performance, Cowen ‘12 quickly solidified herself as Ursuline’ s new breakout star within the dramatic arts.
If you missed opening night, be sure to join us Friday evening at 7:00pm for the next showing of SEUSSICAL.