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Canyon High presents 'Rapunzel'

Posted: March 12, 2008 2:52 a.m.
Updated: May 13, 2008 5:02 a.m.
(Samantha Lanthier is a senior at Canyon High School.)

The excitement was palpable as the lights dimmed in the Q Theatre at Canyon High School. The elementary students stopped talking and waited patiently for the show to begin. They all listened, silent and still as the narrator, played by Shawnie Wise-Hawkins, introduced the tale of Rapunzel and the horrid curse set upon her life.

"Rapunzel and the Frog Prince" is Canyon High's children's play for the spring semester. It tells the story of Rapunzel, a young princess, who after being trapped in a high tower, is saved by the handsome Prince Beauregard, who gets tragically turned into a frog by the evil witch, Grueseomella. The prince and princess must find a way to overcome these trials to achieve their "happily ever after."

The performance is wonderful, with a cast full of magical characters.

Samantha Harrloe plays Princess Rapunzel with amazing charm and passion. This is countered by the terrifying Grueseomella, played by Hillary Phillips. Prince Beauregard (Robert Fowler), the object of everyone's affection, and Leroy (Kyle Ramstad), the witch's henchman, provide wit and humor to the play with their awkward, comical behavior. All of these characters captivate the audience and create laughter throughout.

Highlands Elementary School was one of the schools that experienced the show. All the kids stayed fascinated and transfixed, calling out answers to help the confused actors and paying close attention the whole time.

Some kids even got to participate in a dance with Ryan Moreno, who played the eligible bachelor José Carne Cornelius and also served as assistant director. Kids afterward said they "loved the witch. She was so funny and Leroy made us laugh."

The show is magnificent for the old and young alike. It has humor and elements that are appropriate for everyone and leaves you with a happy feeling at the end.

Both cast and crew are excellent; the high energy is proof that they love this play.

"Being assistant director of this play has been the greatest experience of my life," said Moreno.

"Rapunzel" will be presented to local elementary school students through March 21. The public will have the opportunity to see "Rapunzel" at noon and 2 p.m. Saturday in the Q Theatre. Tickets are
$8 for students and $10 for adults. For information, call the school at (661) 252-6110.

"It's going to be great. Come by and enjoy the tantalizing show of 'Rapunzel and the Frog Prince' - Olé!" Moreno said.


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