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Drama presents fairy tale story to families, elementary schools

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photo or infographic by Ava Hardin
WITCHY WOMAN. During the evening performance of Hansel and Gretel, senior Sagheene Bello plays the role of the witch. Both Drama 2 classes staged the play for elementary students during the day and for the public during the evening.

The fairytale story of Hansel and Gretel came to life on the stage. The actors performed for both their elementary schools and their parents twice for everyone to have an opportunity to watch this amazing performance. 

For this first play of the school year, Hansel and Gretel gives an insight of the amazing productions to come to both the cast and audience. 

“The play went amazingly well, and the performance was filled with energy and enthusiasm,” senior Breanna Keelan said. “With Hansel and Gretel being the first play of the year, the performers had an excitement that gave the play a fun mood. The audience responded to the energy with laughs, applauses, and cheers that made the experience even more enjoyable for both the actors and audience.”

Hansel and Gretel took a classic tale and turned it to the ultimate learning opportunity that  prepares the actors what to expect for future productions, and leaves students excited to continue in the program. 

“I’ve heard of the fairytale but never actually knew what it was about, so this play brought so much joy,” sophomore Annabelle Smith-Grimm said. “I had never had a main role before so learning my lines and my blocking was definitely a challenge. I eventually figured out some different techniques to learn my lines from pretty fast. Like re-writing them down or staying each word one at a time and starting over adding a new word.”

So much preparation went into making a great production. Cast members experienced both fun and stress throughout the rehearsals. 

“My favorite part about Hansel and Gretel was rehearsals,” sophomore Annabelle Smith-Grimm said. “There was a lot of chaos during rehearsals but the good kind of chaos. We would mess up and kind of laugh at it or people would trip or stutter on their lines which would make everyone laugh. At the end everyone had this tension between each other because of stress so we all bickered a lot but pulled through and got Hansel and Gretel done.”

The performances created lasting memories for all in attendance, even for the child critics in the crowd. 

“The kids really liked it,” sophomore Natasha Burnett-Parker said. “I held the door after the first performance, and a little boy told me the show would have been better with a dinosaur. I loved it.”

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Ava Hardin is a junior at Willis High School. This is her first year as a member of the yearbook and newspaper staff. This school year she's serving as Vice-President Social Officer on Sweethearts and secretary of her  Cohort.
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