What do Wicked, Madonna, Rihanna, Donna Summer, Willy Wonka and Dreamgirls have in common? They are all featured in “All The Ever Afters,” A Fairytale Showcase 2015, presented by The School of Visual and Performing Arts at Montclair High School.
This year’s showcase, with three performances this weekend, is a magical, musical journey, not just for the stellar vocal and dance numbers (choreographed by Joseph Tudor), but a format new this year. The cast, with help from director Corey Rubel, created a complete story line, characters and some neat special effects.
The thread that weaves this musical together is Girl, played winningly by Amanda Harris, who deftly draws us into her world, where she creates and experiences the many challenges of wanting to be an independent young woman vs. finding her prince. Sidekick, played by senior Leah Greenhaus offers plenty of comic relief, as Girl’s pet who magically comes to life. Narrator, played by senior Sam Groisser, takes the audience along for the ride as Girl and Sidekick embark on a journey into Girl’s inner world.
Along the way, Girl meets a witch, played with haunting perfection by Maiya Blaney (whose rendition of “Watch Me Soar” is one of the high moments of the show). Girl is torn by feelings for the Prince, played regally by Sam Norrie, and Runaway, portrayed by Jason Smith (who is as amazing here as he was as Benny in last year’s “In The Heights.”).
“All the Ever Afters” is funny, poignant and eclectic (the varied musical numbers from The Lovin’ Spoonful to Into The Woods and Taylor Swift move the story along). Some of the wonderful musical moments (accompanied by a talented student pit band directed by Ken Horn) include Harris singing “Astonishing;” Smith singing “One Knight;” “Fly Away (Never Neverland)” performed by Genna Batson, Daisy Garrison and Claudia Nketia; and “Fairytale,” performed by Sydney Miede and senior Fiona Kennon.
Buy tickets online here.
Photos: Annie Blackman
What: Montclair High’s SVPA presents “A Fairy Tale Showcase 2015: All the Ever Afters”
When: Friday, Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 14, 3 p.m.
Where: The Little Theater at Montclair High School
Cost: $15 for adults and $10 for students. Box office opens an hour before each show to sell tickets, but this event will likely sell out, so buy tickets now!