HHS students to perform 'A Hairy Tale'

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published:

Hudson -- Adults and children familiar with traditional fairy tales will find familiar characters and stories have detoured off the straight and narrow path in the children's play "A Hairy Tale" by Charlie Lovett.

Hudson High School students will perform the story of true love and sacrifice at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 and 8 in the HHS auditorium. Tickets are $5 and available at the HHS bookstore, main office from 9 to 11 a.m. or at the door.

Director Sergio Iriarte describes the play as "remarkably silly" in a story featuring fairy tale characters who search for true love. Children will recognize the characters, and adults should look for running gags throughout the play, he said.

The snow days have been the biggest challenge for the cast, who lost four days of rehearsal, but "these guys are up to it," Iriarte said.

The story is narrated by seniors Natalie Dalea and Payton Romano, who battle between modern and traditional styles.

The stage has three sections to tell the story of the peasants hovel, the council in the woods, and the throne room. The balcony is home to Rapunzel and her brother.

In the story, spoiled royals Prince Rupert (junior Keith Freund), and Princess Iphigenia (sophomore Kate Greer), are exiled to the wild woods of Wychwood to find true love.

The prince is pompous and selfish, Freund said. He thinks the whole world revolves around him.

"The princess is a spoiled brat and clueless about what it takes to find true love," Greer said. "But it's fun to play a spoiled brat."

Rapunzel, (junior Emma Lentz), and her brother Bill, (sophomore Parker Kronen), are trapped in an enchanted tower because they refuse to cut their hair.

"Rapunzel is a celebrity and kind of a hippy," Lentz said. "Everything is all about her. She's a free spirit but a diva."

Kronen said his character, Bill, thinks he's as well known as his celebrity sister and wants to be a force to be reckoned with.

"I like how I can be someone I'm not," Kronen said. "I can dress up and be as weird as I want to be."

Sophomore Tyler Wells plays Elton and junior Mel Kadish plays his sister Ernestine, peasant children who sell all the family's electronics for five magical beans. Ida, the peasant mother is portrayed by junior Rachel Baker, and Burt, the peasant father, is portrayed by junior Taylor Turrin.

The fairy-tale committee members include super-cool Big Bad Wolf (senior Cassie Downie,) and bumbling Fairy Godmother (junior Virginia Swift), who provide twists and turns for the journey through the forest.

Swift said the fairy godmother isn't the most intelligent person.

"It's kind of hard to be stupid," Swift said. "I don't understand her thinking process and reaction I get from it."

Other members of the council include a Witch, (junior Nassima Bouhenni) and an Evil Queen, (junior Lauren Cox.)

The Witch wants to be in charge, especially at the meetings, Bouhenni said.

"I love pounding the gavel," she added.

The Evil Queen ruins the lives of the pheasants by evicting them, Cox said.

"It's fun to be evil and scream," Cox said. "I'm large and in charge of the town."

Other characters include Paprika, (sophomore Erica Pinto), and a pair of paparazzo, (senior Regan Ferrell and junior Lydia Ramlo), seeking a photo of Rapunzel.

Paprika tries to get any photographer to take her photo, Pinto said. She wants to be the center of attention and convince people she's famous.

The paparazzo are terrible photographers and overdramatic about everything, Ramlo said.

"I like being obnoxious," Ferrell added.

Other characters include Lou the UPS Guy (junior Haley Sommer); King Edwin (junior Dan Hoornbeek); Queen Edwina (junior Katie Sarley); Gloria, a lady-in-waiting (sophomore Jamie Verser); and Andrew, a footman, (junior Nate Schumacher.)

"The King bosses his children around and enjoys life in the palace without the kids," Hoornbeek said.

Verser says even though the princess orders Gloria around, she's sarcastic.

"I sass everyone regardless of their position," Verser said. "I love acting and doing this kind of stuff."

Stage managers were sophomore Jake Gerbracht and senior Michael Whitacre.

"The back stage camaraderie is great," Whitacre said. "This show is a lot of fun."

The spring musical will be "Thoroughly Modern Millie" with shows April 25, 26 and 27, Iriarte said.

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