Check out the spring 2012 musical lineup at York, Adams county schools

FlipSide file; Caleb Gerlach, center, performs as Tommy during a rehearsal of 'The Who's Tommy' at Hanover High School.

Springtime equals singtime. Daily Record/Sunday News correspondent Lori Badders breaks down the musicals being staged at area schools this season. Since early January, more than 1,000 students and about as many teachers and volunteers from 25 schools in York and Adams counties have (been) preparing for their biggest shows of the year.

Some noteworthy shows include Central, where the March 3 matinee will be signed for the deaf; Dallastown, where true to the film, “Hairspray,” Mrs. Turnblad will be played by a male; Littlestown, where Brayden Staub, a fourth-grader from Rolling Acres Elementary School, is tackling the lead in “Oliver”; Fairfield, where special effects make Cinderella rise from the cinders; and South Western, where dinner is available before the March 17 show.

The best of the best among this year’s York County high school productions will be honored during the annual Rosies Awards 6 p.m. May 20 at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center. More than 500 students will perform in the event, which showcases the work of student actors, dancers, musicians and back-stage crews. Awards will be presented in seven categories: best male and female performers; best production number with dance; best performances overall and for small ensemble cast; most creative original performance; and judge’s award. For tickets, call the Strand-Capitol Box Office at 846-1111.

Read on for a full listing of what’s happening on a high school stage near you.

Bermudian Springs
Production: “Hello, Dolly!”
Synopsis: Matchmaker Dolly Levi finds love for others, then herself, in turn-of-the-century New York City.
Directors: Chad-Alan Carr and Jane Johnston
Student assistants: Haley Myers and Hunter Selby
Lead actors: Liana Wool, Silas Murren, Ethan Klersy and Kaitlyn Leer, Quinn Lease, Katie Johnston, Ryan Nesselrodt, and Alexi Phillippi
Cast and crew: 100
Performances: 7:30 p.m. March 22 to 24 at the school
Tickets: $8, adults; $6, students/seniors. All seats reserved. Call 717-528-4113, ext. 3732, or email kfriedman@Bermudian.org after March 5.

Biglerville
Production: “Bye Bye Birdie”
Synopsis: Before heartthrob rocker Conrad Birdie goes into the Army, he will plant a goodbye kiss on one lucky fan, Kim MacAfee of Sweet Apple, Ohio.
Director: Hans Schroeder
Assistants: Roy Harbold and Stephen Swartzbaugh
Student assistants: Brooke Eastman, Angelina Brooks and Hope Rohrbaugh
Lead actors: Ben Yohn, Molly Janczyk, Hector Isidro, Amanda Doran, Dylan Rupprecht, Ann Dolly, and Michaela Bailey
Cast and crew: 50
Performances: 7 p.m. March 16 and 17 and 2 p.m. March 18 at the school
Tickets: $8, adults; $6, students/seniors. Sold at the door.

Central York
Production: “The Wizard of Oz”
Synopsis: Based on the 1939 film, the production follows Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow on their way to Oz.
Director: Mark Zortman
Assistants: Darryl Engler, Seth Werner, Abbie Werner, Nancy-Ann Zortman, Charlotte Bader and Shanna Lentz
Student assistants: Lauren Wolfe, Andrew Hummel and Jenna Swenor
Lead actors: Jon Altland, Sydney Armstrong, Mike Bahn, Miranda Brindza, Samantha Crabill, Greg Feldmann, Alec Hinchcliff, Dave Hodgson, Jessica Ilko, Hannah Knepper, Shannon Kunkel and Austin Mohn
Cast and crew: 150
Performances: 7:30 p.m. March 2 and 3 and 2:30 p.m. March 3 and 4 at the school
Tickets: $12 for center orchestra and center mezzanine; $10 for side orchestra; and $8 for side mezzanine. Available at www.cyhspad.com or at the box office 6:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Tickets for the Saturday afternoon matinee, which is being signed for the deaf, must be purchased at the box office.

Dallastown Area
Production: “Hairspray”
Synopsis: In 1962, plus-size heroine Tracy Turnblad wins a spot on a Baltimore TV dance program and tries to integrate the show.
Director: Amy Anderson
Assistants: Jennifer McCleary, James Dougert, David Diehl, Priscilla Hoffman and Justin Buer
Student assistants: Joanna Chen, Klarissa Hargan, Abby Barnhart, Adriana Hargan, Mariah Miller and Kelsey Ort
Lead actors: Emilee Gorski, Jordan Swartz, Gen Powers, Carly Henry, Michael Doran, Dakota Haines, Tate Gugino, Emilio Pichardo, Angel Harrison, Braelyn Russell, Daimon Lawrence, Ryan Creedon, Emily Smith and Megan Anderson
Cast and crew: 110
Performances: 7 p.m. April 12 to 14 and 3 p.m. April 15 at the school
Tickets: $10. Sold at the door and in advance after March 12 by calling 717-244-4021, ext. 3117, or going online at www.dallastown.net.

Dover Area
Production: “Annie”
Synopsis: Annie, everyone’s favorite optimistic orphan, finds a home and a family with Daddy Warbucks.
Director: Jacklyn Keagy
Assistants: Amy Jans, Andrew Apgar, George Bradshaw and Dale Keagy
Lead actors: Alaina Eshbach, Andrew Jans, Emily Zimmerman, Lauren Shearer, Billy Emig, Arden Harper and Ryan Swaja
Cast and crew: 68
Performances: 7 p.m. March 2 and 3 and 2 p.m. March 4 at the school.
Tickets: $7, adults; $6, students/seniors. Sold 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 27 to March 2 in the high school office or by emailing jkeagy@doversd.org.

Eastern York
Production: “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”
Synopsis: A day in the life of Charlie Brown, the beloved comic strip character created by Charles Schultz in “Peanuts.”
Director: Jeremy Young
Assistants: Amanda Fortney, Jane Schader and Kim Hostetter
Student assistants: Jen Mack and Spencer Koeberle
Lead actors: Joshua Lewis, Winona Koeshartano, Tess Walsh, Daniel Skroly, Alan Tyson and Logan Toomey
Cast and crew: 75
Performances: 7 p.m. March 2 and 3 and 2 p.m. March 4 at the school.
Tickets: $8, adults; $5, students. Call 717-252-1551, ext. 65684, or email broadwayknights@eyork.k12.pa.us.

Fairfield
Production: “Cinderella”
Synopsis: The original Rogers and Hammerstein production of Cinderella, her Fairy Godmother and Prince Charming, complete with special effects.
Director: Jason Hoffman
Assistants: Katie Myers and Beck Walter
Student assistant: Sarah Kasten
Lead actors: Stephanie Bell, Kevin Hoffman, Katie Boutin, Ally Spielman, Tasha Migas, Taryn Sloat, Mark Deardorf, Riley Butner and Emily Whitcomb
Cast and crew: 30
Performances: 7 p.m. March 15 to 17 and 2 p.m. March 17 at the school
Tickets: $6 in advance, $8 at the door. Call 717-642-8228.

Gettysburg Area
Production:”Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”
Synopsis: The classic story of fair Belle and the Beast, who is really a prince trapped in a spell by an enchantress.
Director: Chad-Alan Carr
Assistants: Jamie Bowman and Brigid Wills
Student assistants: Katie Pelligrino and Kyle Meisner
Lead actors: Lucy Pratt, Marcus Mincy, Carrie Lindeman, Jimmy Robison, Kyle Meisner, Katie, Pelligrino, Lora Waybright, Jenna Temple, Rahim Hython, Michaela Cushing-Daniels, Brandon Rosenberry, Matthew Wagner and Trevor Taylor
Cast and crew: 50
Performances: 7 p.m. March 1 to 3 and 2 p.m. March 4 at the school
Tickets: $10, all seats reserved. Go to www.gahsthetre.org, call 1-866-967-8167 or visit the school office 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

Hanover Public
Production: “The Who’s TOMMY”
Synopsis: The musical journey of a young man who overcomes the odds to become a pinball superstar.
Director: Rene Staub
Assistants: Deb Smith, Jessica Staub, Nikki Bull, David Markle, Kelley Aburn and Jay Auburn
Lead actors: Caleb Gerlach, Rebecca Silver, Matthew Frederick, Matthew Kline, Clay Reichart, Lily Tran, Lexi Herrick, Drew Johnson, Cullen Rosenbrien, Tyler Hahn, Zachary Sheaffer, Logan Myers, Zachary Gulden, Brenna Sheaffer and Haley Frederick
Cast and crew: 50
Performances: 7:30 p.m. April 20 and 21 and 2 p.m. April 22 at the school
Tickets: In advance, $8, adults; $7, students. $2 more at the door. Sold at the high school office, the district website and www.mycommunitytickets.com.

Kennard-Dale
Production: “The Pajama Game”
Synopsis: The battle over a raise (and love) between Babe Williams, leader of the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory’s union, and company superintendent, Sid Sorokin.
Director: James Craley
Assistants: Barbara Peterson and Adrienne Weatherell
Student assistants: Ensley Zaganas and Amberlynne Turner
Lead actors: Emily Lichtenberg and Michael Mathy
Cast and crew: 125
Performances: 7 p.m. March 2 and 3 and 3 p.m. March 4 at the school
Tickets: In advance, $10, adults; $8, students/seniors. All tickets $10 at the door. Sold at the high school office during school hours. Call 717-382-4871 for details.

Littlestown
Production: “Oliver!”
Synopsis: Charles Dickens’ classic story of an orphan’s struggle to survive in Victorian London.
Director: Michael Baker
Assistants: Nick Oaster, Douglas Reese, Chad-Alan Carr and Brittany Stevens
Lead actors: Brayden Staub, Hunter Zeitler, Konner Peterson and McKenna Farquharson
Cast and crew: 40
Performances: 7:30 p.m. March 2 and 3 at the school
Tickets: $7, adults; $5, students. Sold at the door and in advance for students during lunch.

New Hope Academy
Production: “The Wiz”
Synopsis: Dorothy and her friends seek help from the Great Man in the flashy city. Set to upbeat music.
Director: Cal Oliver Weary
Assistants: Rebecca Wolf, Charlee Zamudio Fidler, Joseph Kress, Theo Fogleman, Tonisha Price and Louella Morgan.
Student assistants: Shea Passno and Ashley Shaw
Lead actors: Angela Williams, Darrin Mosley, Shea Passno, Nasaun Jamison, Karla Ortiz and Bradlee Gorerra
Cast and crew: 75
Performances: 7 p.m. April 13 and 14 at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St., York
Tickets: Cost TBA. Sold at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 717-846-1111, and www.strandcapitol.org.

New Oxford
Production: “Godspell”
Synopsis: An updated retelling of the parables from the Gospel of St. Matthew.
Director: Ann Watson
Assistants: Marcia Knorr and Lauren Swartz
Lead actors: Drew Becker, Kodie Stem and Abby Garrigan
Cast and crew: 60
Performances: 7:30 p.m. March 2 and 3 at the school
Tickets: $5, at the door.

Northeastern
Production: “Beauty and the Beast”
Synopsis: The classic tale of the lovely Belle, who exchanges her freedom for her father’s and is kept by the Beast in his Enchanted Castle.
Director: John Marrs
Assistants: Lyn Bergdoll, Donna Knott and Frank Schwartz
Lead actors: Jamie Marrs, Joey Gay, Emily Gibbs, Andre Briscoe, Dan Lindsey, Brant Stoner, Lane Gross, Tierra Price and Peter Rojahn
Cast and crew: 100
Performances: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Feb. 26 at the school
Tickets: $10, adults; $8, students/seniors. Reserve by calling 717-266-7349 or visiting www.nhsdramtacis.org.

Northern
Production: “Into the Woods”
Synopsis: Many well-known fairytales intertwine as a baker and his wife journey into the woods, meeting Jack in the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Cinderella, on their search for happily-ever-after.
Director: Laura Bissell
Assistant: Connie Bleiler
Lead actors: Kim Bartol, Sharon Kauffman, Matt Zook, Sara Glace, Katerina Maylock, Jodi Renard, Nate Curry, Albert Harrison, Megan Wilson, Jeannine Webb, Annie Webb, Christy McCown, Riley Zimmermann, Nick Sooy, Zach Poole and Matt Cummiskey
Cast and crew: 80
Performances: 7 p.m. March 2 and 3 and 3 p.m. March 4 at the school
Tickets: $7. Sold at the door and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday until March 1 in the high school auditorium lobby.

Red Land
Production: “Thoroughly Modern Millie”
Synopsis: Millie Dillmount arrives in 1920s New York in search of a new life.
Director: John Devorick
Assistants: Christie McKinney and Chelsea Ramirez
Leads actors: Alexandra Amrine, Matthew Brenneman, Kali Rodgers, Leeann Shearer and John Greiner
Cast and crew: 75
Performances: 7 p.m. March 1 to 3 at the school.
Tickets: Thursday, all seats $5. Friday and Saturday, in advance, adults, $10; students, $5; at the door, $10. Call 717-938-6561, email RedLandTix@comcast.net or visit www.wssd.k12.pa.us/webpages/jdevorick.

Red Lion Area
Production: “Grease”
Synopsis: Good girl Sandy and bad boy Danny find love at 1950s Rydell High.
Director: Eric Thiegs
Student assistants: Amanda Havenstrite and Shelby Salisbury
Lead actors: Maura Beaver, Katie Conner, Bridget Pettit, Katelyn Waltimyer, Shayla Marshall, Kyle Lape, Glenn Dietrich, Tim McGee, Aaron Brandt, Ian Nelson, Wes Hemmann, Hannah Sattazahn, Seth Crider, Caitlyn Rogers, Ben Boeckel, Kayla Mackley and Jeffrey White
Cast and crew: 110
Performances: 7 p.m. March 1 to 3 and 2 p.m. March 3 at the school
Tickets: $8 in advance; $10 at the door. Call 717-246-1611, ext. 3225, or email ayresa@rlasd.net

South Western
Production: “Hello, Dolly!”
Synopsis: Turn-of-the-century matchmaker Dolly Levi negotiates marriages for others and then finds her own.
Director: Duane Bull
Assistants: Mary Cook, Erika McKee, Kristen Robertson, Larry Kuntz and Stephanie O’Brien
Lead actors: Kelsey Holt, Jacob Parrott, Mack Meyer, Zachary Townsend, Alissa Wagner, Stephanie Warner, Meghan Clouspy and Kaleb Gatz
Cast and crew: 100
Performances: 7:30 p.m. March 15 to 17 at the school.
Tickets: All seats reserved. $7 in advance and $10 at the door. March 17 Dinner Show, $18. Call 717-633-4807, ext. 21208, or email Judy_Martin@swsd.k12.pa.us.

Spring Grove Area
Production: “The King and I”
Synopsis: Love story between the King of Siam and Anna, a teacher from England who has come to his country to teach his 17 children.
Director: Jessica Staub
Assistants: R. David Berndt, Rene Staub, Sara Smith and Nikki Bull
Student assistants: Josh Wilmot and Haley Miller
Lead actors: Dan Trump, Evan Brooks, Sarah Gunarich, Zoe Wildasin, Sam Hersh, Carson Buffalow and Vincent Beck.
Cast and crew: 90
Performances: 7 p.m. March 2 and 3 and 2 p.m. March 4 at the school
Tickets: In advance, $9, adults; $7, students. $2 more at the door. Preferred seating in front section $2 extra. Visit the high school office during school hours or call 717-225-4731.

Susquehannock
Production: “Thoroughly Modern Millie”
Synopsis: Hapless country girl Millie Dillmount goes to the Big Apple to start a new life in the Roaring ’20s.
Director: Will Jenkins
Student assistants: Sam Kotansky and Hugo Schroeder
Lead actors: Kayla Anelli, Brian Bailone, Emily Teeter, Nathan Coulter, Colleen McGonigle, Clayton Leasure, Scott Kaliszak, Courtney Reed and Heidi Stevenson
Cast and crew: 75
Performances: 7 p.m. April 20 and 21 and 2 p.m. April 22 at the school
Tickets: In advance, $8, adults; $6, students/seniors. $1 more at the door. Visit www.susquehannocktheatre.com or the auditorium lobby 6 to 8 p.m. the week of the show.

West York Area
Production: “Crazy for You”
Synopsis: A New York boy goes to Nevada to shut down a theater and ends up falling in love with the owner’s daughter.
Director: Debra Fauth
Assistants: Wanda Stevenson-Ashby, Rod Meckley, Linda Barshinger, Nick Rikas and Leanne Rikas
Lead actors: Bradlee Gorrera, Tea Tusing, Ryan Henson, Megan Cintron and Matt Tallman
Cast and crew: 88
Performances: 7 p.m. March 30 and 31 and 2:30 p.m. April 1 at the school
Tickets: $9, adults; $7, students/seniors. Sold at the door, by cast members or by calling the high school to reserve seats.

York Catholic
Production: “The Wizard of Oz”
Synopsis: Swept from her Kansas home, Dorothy meets a scarecrow, a tin man and a cowardly lion on her way to meet the Wizard.
Director: Jesse Rupp
Assistant: William Wolfgang
Lead actors: Alison Conner, Doug Weichert, Paul Bova and Maura Schmidt
Cast and crew: 75
Performances: 7 p.m. March 2 and 3 and 2 p.m. March 4 at the school.
Tickets: $8, adults; $6, seniors and children under 12. Sold at the door.

York Country Day
Production: “Strange Bedfellows”
Synopsis: All is fair in love in politics when an old-line politician learns his new daughter-in-law is a feminist leader campaigning for the Women’s Rights Bill.
Director: Rachel Snyder
Student assistant: Lindsey Hartshorne
Lead actors: Ben Taylor, Kevin Baker, Vallie Etienne, Abi Tuten, Becca Ream, Queeneth Igwe, Joey DePasquale, Conchita Garcia, Eba Stentzel, Chris Daniels, Stefan Walcerz, Matthew Evans, Julia Rogers, Chelsi Grant, John Carrasquillo, Geron Countess and Nadia Hasheminejad
Cast and crew: 30
Performances: 7 p.m. March 22 to 24 at the school.
Tickets: $5. Call 717-843-9805.

York Suburban
Production: “Anything Goes”
Synopsis: Romantic mix-up for three couples on a cruise across the Atlantic.
Director: Myrna Schaszberger
Assistants: Debra Fauth, Michelle Vranich, Ashley Thrush and Hannah Stayer
Lead actors: John Munchel, Emily Leyes, Julianna Cates and Caleb Bohanan
Cast and crew: 80
Performances: 7:30 p.m. March 2 and 3 and 2 p.m. March 3 at the school.
Tickets: $10, adults; $6, students; Golden Pass, free. Available through 717-843-3881 and at the door.

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