Hansel and Gretel and Cinderella come to life as the Adrian Community Theatre takes the stage

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By MICHELE BURRIS

The Adrian Community Theatre (A.C.T.) brought an adaptation of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and Cinderella, retold as a musical play book, to Adrian and area communities for two nights and a Sunday matinee.  

Hansel and Gretel, under the direction of Linda Dudley, came to life on the Adrian High School stage as Hunter Nelson and Olivia Bagby transformed into the beloved children.  A dedicated cast joined them on stage, and the crew worked diligently behind the scenes.

Returning to the AHS stage as Cinderella was alumni Catherine Lentz, Class of 2008.   With a powerful stage voice and strong skills in theatre, the audience fell in love with Lentz’s terribly mistreated but beautiful Cinderella. A talented group of actors and actresses took the stage with Lentz.  Linda Dudley also directed Cinderella, along with a crew that worked endlessly to make the production a success.

The cast and crew of both productions offered many words of gratitude. Showing a special kind of gratitude, newcomer Hunter Nelson spoke to the audience before the Sunday matinee. He said, “I have had a great time with Hansel and Gretel. To Linda Dudley, thank you very much. We couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you to Olivia Bagby, Mason Tarwater and Hayley Underwood for everything,” Nelson said. “It was really fun hanging out with you guys and you are awesome.”

In November 2014, “It’s a Wonderful Life” will be the next production of the Adrian Community Theatre. Auditions will begin sometime late this summer. To learn more about the Community Theatre or to volunteer or become a sponsor, check out their website at www.adriancommunitytheater.org. You can also like Adrian Community Theatre on Facebook, email them at actadrian@gmail.com or via regular mail at Adrian Community Theatre, P.O. Box 393, Adrian, MO 64720.

To read the full story and pictures, see the June 12 issue of The Adrian Journal.

Pictured: The Adrian Community Theatre casts of Hansel and Gretel and Cinderella are pictured.

Pictured: Hansel and Gretel are reunited with their parents. Left to right: Hunter Nelson, Hansel; Mason Tarwater, Father; Hayley Underwood, Mother; Olivia Bagby, Gretel.

Pictured: It fits! It fits! The glass slipper fits Cinderella! The evil stepmother and stepsisters were not happy but the Prince and the Page were thrilled! Left to right: Kaylea Dines, Ettagrizel; Jordan Gaddie, Bellagrizel; Catherine Lentz, Cinderella; Chasiti Clayton, Stepmother; Dusty Ferrell, Page; Nick Ogg, Prince.