HAVERHILL — Superintendent Maureen Lynch is pleased to announce that students will put on a production of “Pippin” later this month.
Friday, March 20 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 21 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 22 at 2 p.m.
Whittier Vocational Technical School, 115 Amesbury Line Road, Haverhill
Students have been preparing and rehearsing for Whittier’s production of “Pippin” since January, every day after school.
“Overall this is a labor of love and dedication,” said Linda Urban, Whittier’s music director. “Preparing a full length musical requires many hours of long rehearsals and the kids have been rising to the challenge. We all look forward to our opening night.”
Students taking part in the production include 34 cast members, one student costumer and seven crew members.
The production is part of an extra-curricular club, and many students in music and art classes at Whittier are also involved either on stage or behind the scenes. Students performing in the production are also learning choreography from the production’s choreographer, Jessica Beale, and student choreographer, Zach DePaolo, who is also playing the role of Pippin in the production.
“I’m excited,” DePaolo said. “I honestly think it’s gonna be one of the best shows performed here.”
“I have never thought I would do this much dancing and I love it,” said Ana Barrera, who will play the role of Ambrosia in the production. “I’m so happy to be so involved and the show is very fun. We all feel like a big family and it’s fun to work with each other.”
Students in Whittier’s carpentry department crafted the set, which includes multiple levels and towers. The school’s art department assisted with set design and painted set pieces and props, and the cosmetology department will apply stage make-up and style hair for the show.
“It’s a fun experience being able to help with makeup and costumes this year,” said Alexis Smith, who will perform the role of Hortensia in the show. “The cast is working hard on a very technical show that requires 110% and doing an amazing job at it.”
The cast is as follows:
Pippin…………………Zachary DePaolo, senior of Newburyport
Leading Player………Seda Tuncok, senior of Amesbury
Charlemagne………..Wallace Ziehler, junior of Newbury
Fastrada……………..Arianna Connor, junior of Haverhill
Catherine……………Olivia Bunting, seniorof Georgetown
Berthe………………..Natalie Vienneau, freshman of Groveland
Lewis…………………Patrick Kelleher, freshman of Amesbury
Theo…………………MacKenzie Farewell, sophomore of Amesbury
Featured Band of Players:
Hayley Bourque, senior of Haverhill
Hannah Bourque, senior of Haverhill
Ana Barrera, sophomore of Haverhill
Wyatt Dauphinais, sophomore of Haverhill
Tabitha McMinniman, juniorof Lawrence
Anne Jacques, sophomore of Haverhill
Adriana Byrne, junior of Haverhill
Alexis Smith, junior of Haverhill
MacKenzie Harris, junior of Haverhill
Malik Beslagic, freshman of Amesbury
David Barreto, sophomore of Haverhill
Alliana Fennelly, senior of Salisbury
Isabella Gallagher, sophomore of Merrimac
Margot Springer, junior of Newburyport
Ryan Bresnahan, junior of Amesbury
Maddison Jameson, freshman of Haverhill
Asha Morfill, freshmanof Haverhill
Ava Raicsics, freshmanof Haverhill
Candace Walker, junior of Haverhill
Cayleigh Lavallee, freshman of Amesbury
Carmen Powers, sophomore of Groveland
Destiny Duston, freshman of Merrimac
Edward Gregoire, junior of Haverhill
Norah Moore, freshman of Haverhill
Janae Perry, freshman of Haverhill
Holly Robinson, freshman of Haverhill
Maria Elms, sophomore of Newburyport
Tickets are available for $8 in advance at Whittier’s school store, and will be $10 at the door. For more information, call 978-373-4101 x 247 or visit whittiertech.org.