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Diocesan high schools put on a show

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If you like Louisa May Alcott or snapping in rhythm with your family, you might want to check out the offerings of diocesan high schools this season. 

There are a variety of shows and performances at the diocesan high schools this spring:

Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School in Dumfries

The Fine Arts department at Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School in Dumfries is bringing “Little Women: The Musical” to stage. Sophia Barrick will play Amy; Gabriella Chellis will play Beth; Jo will be played by Madison Perry; and Meghan Dreany will play Meg. The story is based on Louisa May Alcott’s life.

John Paul the Great also is celebrating its 10th anniversary with “10 Years of Music and Drama,” a show featuring songs from previously performed musicals, including “The Pirates of Penzance,” “Willy Wonka” and “Annie Get Your Gun.”  

If you go:

“Little Women: The Musical,” Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School, 17700 Dominican Dr., Dumfries, April 26 at 11:30 a.m. for homeschool families, reservations required; April 27-28 at 7 p.m. and April 29 at 2 p.m. Events.ticketprinting.com/event/Jplittlewomenthemusical-24297

“10 Years of Music and Drama,” May 17 at 7 p.m.

Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria

A team of more than 60 students are presenting a musical production of “The Addams Family” in the Garwood Whaley Auditorium at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria March 9-11 and March 16-17. The director and producer is Joanna Henry. Senior and student choreographer Anna Johnson said the final product will showcase the cast’s talents. “This show has a completely unique style and it’s been challenging to choreograph and rehearse,” she said in a press release.

If you go:

“The Addams Family,” Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Rd., Alexandria, March 9, 10, 16, 17 at 7:30 p.m.; March 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the door.

Seton School in Manassas

Seton School in Manassas is trying to marry off “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” in its spring musical. Adam is played by Greg Jackson and Milly is played by Grace Vestermark. The seven brothers are played by Jackson, Joe Birch, Joe LaVigne, Jonathan Bookwalter, John Paul Vander Woude, Ben Ceol and Will Mooney. The seven brides are played by Vestermark, Rosie Hall, Catie Moore, Annie Vander Woude, Ana Reyes, Lili Albisu and Hannah Freivald. The show is set in 1850 Oregon and follows Milly as she tries to civilize and marry off her six brothers-in-law to ensure the success of her own marriage.  The plan backfires when the brothers kidnap six women from the neighboring town to be their brides.

If you go:

“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” Seton School, 9314 Maple St., Manassas, April 6, 7, 13, 14 at 7 p.m.; April 8 at 3 p.m., 703/368-3220 for tickets.

Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington

Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington is bringing “Mary Poppins” to flight. The production is directed by Sarah Zimmerman. Mary Poppins is played by Emma Powers; Bert is played by Ethan O’Donovan; Jane Banks by Lara Sunter; Michael Banks by Maddie Hunt; and Mr. Banks by Anthony Soccaras. Zimmerman said she looked for a show with a female-heavy ensemble that would be fun for all ages. She said the meaning behind the song “Feed the Birds” ties into the Catholic mission. “It is easy to get wrapped up in our crazy, busy, hectic lives, but we need to remember to always stop and help those who are less fortunate,” she said. “It only takes a small amount (a 'tuppence') to help those less fortunate.”  

If you go:

“Mary Poppins,” Bishop O’Connell High School, 6600 Little Falls Rd., Arlington, April 26-28 at 7 p.m.; April 29 at 2 p.m. Bishopoconnell.org/ocplayers or 703/237-1448.

Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax

Students at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax will perform “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” a story about a woman who moved to New York in search of a new life for herself. Her plan is to get a job and marry her boss. Everything goes awry and she falls in love with another man who doesn’t fit in her plan.

Kathy Silvia d’Alelio, director of the school’s theater arts program, chose the production because she knew she had the actors, singers and dancers to pull it off. “I was not sure about the dancing, as it is a very heavy tap dance show, but my choreographer assured me he could make them tap,” she said. “The enthusiastic response from the students when the show was announced confirmed that our choice was a popular one.” The main actors are Gracie Tecala playing Millie; Nick Herrera playing Jimmy; Ava Plante playing Miss Dorothy; and Nick Burgos playing Trevor Graydon.

If you go:

“Thoroughly Modern Millie,” Paul VI Catholic High School, 10675 Fairfax Blvd., Fairfax, April 13-14 at 7:30 p.m., April 15 at 2 p.m. Email pviproducers@gmail.com or get tickets at the door. 

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2018