‘Disney’s High School Musical’ Opens November 15th at Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre

Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre kicks off its 2013-14 season by bringing Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical High School Musical to the stage November 15-24th. The lively cast showcases forty-seven young actors representing twenty-two area schools, and is a pitch-perfect look at the social structure of high school.

Adam Ashley, Tommy Richman, Frankie Littleton, Winston Leslie and Stephanie Frazier in MVCCT’s Production Of Disney’s 'High School Musical. 'Photo by Laura Marshall.

Adam Ashley, Tommy Richman, Frankie Littleton, Winston Leslie and Stephanie Frazier in MVCCT’s Production Of Disney’s ‘High School Musical. ‘Photo by Laura Marshall.

With a plot described by the author and numerous critics as a modern adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, via Grease, High School Musical is a story about two high school juniors from rival cliques – Troy Bolton (Tommy Richman) captain of the basketball team, and Gabriella Montez (Frankie Littleton) a beautiful and shy transfer student who excels academically. Together, they try out for the lead parts in their high school musical, and as a result, divide the school. Despite other students’ attempts to thwart their dreams, Troy and Gabriella resist peer pressure and rivalry, inspiring others along the way not to “stick to the status quo.” High school diva Sharpay Evans (Stephanie Frazier) will do anything to sabotage the friendship between Troy and Gabriella and also get a lead in the school musical, assisted by her brother Ryan (Adam Ashley).

This entertaining musical reminds us that we don’t have to pick and choose – we can be artistic, smart and athletic all at the same time! The upbeat music will have you singing all the way home!

The cast is an amazing showcase of the incredibly talented youth in our community representing twenty-two area schools

Actor   School
Anna Aguto St. Mary’s Catholic School
Hannah Andre Keene Mill Elementary
Adam Ashley Camelot Elementary School
Max Bertman Clermont Elementary School
Nicholas Boone St. Ann Catholic School
Jacob Cano Mark Twain Middle
Kayla Cheney St. Marys School
Elizabeth Cheney St. Marys School
Jordan Clark Patrick Henry ES
Brevan Collins Stratford Landing Elementary
Annlouise Conrad George Washington Middle School 1
Juliana Dexter Stratford Landing
Tamzin Folz Claremont Immersion School
Connor Foss Sandburg Middle School
Lilleen Rochelle Franck Mark Twain Middle School
Stephanie Frazier Fairfax High School
Shanna Gerlach TC Williams High School
Ben Gossart George Washington Middle School
Kendall Grady St. Mary’s Catholic School
Avery Jacobs Fort Hunt Elementary
Lindsay Johnson Sandburg Middle School
Anna Johnson St. Mary’s School
Sarah King Burgundy Farm Country Day School
Aidan Lansburgh Stratford Landing
Winston Leslie St. Mary’s School
Francesca Littleton St. Mary’s
Cameron Long Sandburg Middle School
Erin McAllister Sandburg Middle School
Dabney Murphy Stratford Landing Elementary
Lauren O’Farrell Stratford Landing Elementary
Maggie Patrick Stratford Landing Elementary
Maria Pattison Mark Twain Middle School
Victoria Peace George Washington Middle School
Ava Purifoy Fort Belvoir Elementary School
Tommy Richman Benton Middle School
Anna Rizzi Stratford Landing Elementary
Lucy Roberts St. Mary’s School
Hannah Roddy St Louis
Emily Roddy St Louis
Julia Ruffino TC Williams High School
Viana Schlapp St. Marys School
Brian Selcik Hayfield Middle School
Chloe Sinn Stratford Landing Elementary
Hannah Stone George Washington MS
NaTajza Warren Burke School
Katie Wattendorf Hayfield Secondary
Grace Williams Lyles Crouch

About MVCCT:
MVCCT was founded in 1980 as a not-for-profit organization to provide area youth with quality theatrical experiences that are educational, creative, engaging and supportive. Through the use of hands-on learning of the theatrical arts, MVCCT offers children, ages 3-18, the opportunity to enhance their development—building self-confidence, character, self-expression, autonomy and responsibility.

MVCCT strives to stimulate and enhance the cultural life of young people by offering a creative outlet that helps them to develop poise, independence, and accountability through self-expression. Numerous studies clearly indicate the value of arts education in contributing to the emotional and educational development of young people. Research has shown that participation in arts activities is linked to higher academic performance, more community service, a higher level of self-confidence and discipline, and improved social skills.

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High School Musical plays on November 15,16, 22, and 23, 2013 at 7:30 PM and November 17th and 24 at 3:00 PM at Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre performing at Bryant Alternative High School – 2709 Popkins Lane, in Alexandria, VA. Single tickets are $12.00. Groups of 10 or more may purchase tickets for $11.00. For tickets, purchase them online.

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