Valley Catholic's Drama Department
Disney’s High School Musical – the Disney Channel's smash hit movie musical – came to life on the Valley Catholic stage in March 2017, playing to cheering audiences and sold-out performances.
Like Grease and other classic musicals, Disney’s High School Musical features high-energy original songs and dance numbers like “We’re All in This Together” and “Breaking Free.”
Disney’s High School Musical is the story of two juniors from rival school cliques: basketball captain Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez, a shy transfer student who excels in math and science. When they both decide to audition for leading roles in their high school musical, they divide the school, threatening the students who usually star in the school plays but opening the door for others to shine.
Valley Catholic’s production featured 55 cast and crew members, including two faculty members making their Valley Catholic stage debut, 49 high school students, and four students from Valley Catholic Middle School.
Director Ginnie Sutfin said, "For so many of our students, Disney’s High School Musical is a childhood treasure—most will be familiar with the songs and characters. What an exciting experience it has been to bring over 50 Valley Catholic students and faculty to the stage for this delightful production."
Sutfin added, "We challenged ourselves in our dancing, acting, and singing, and we were proud to entertain our audiences. After such success with last year’s production of Beauty and the Beast, the theatre department is so fortunate to be able to bring another Disney classic to the Valley Catholic stage.”
Disney’s High School Musical: The Cast
Troy Bolton: Joey Biever
Gabriella Montez: Ellie Erwert
Chad Danforth: Satvik Duvuru
Zeke Baylor: Connor Espig
Jason/James: Holden Hutley
Kratnoff/Performance Art Kid 2: AnnaMaria Sitenga*^
Taylor McKessie: Lily Mozipo
Sharpay Evans: Samantha Wilson
Ryan Evans: Quinn Schroeder
Kelsi Neilson: Ashley Baldino
Martha Cox: Lauren White (also: Dance Captain)
Ripper: Hannah Johnson^
Mongo: Abby Biever*^
Performance Art Kid 1: Evy Abel*^
Jill Scott: Abby Moss*^
Susan: Helen Mofor^
Cathy: Ann Yoon^
Alanna: Grace Morgan^
Cyndra: Carmen Reddick^
Ms. Darbus: Ginnie Sutfin
Coach Bolton: Kris Troha
*= Dance/Cheer Squad
^= will also perform in other ensemble numbers
Stage Manager: Theresa Shew
Asst. Stage Manager: Jeremy Knapp
Juwa Anna Kim
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The Valley Catholic drama department produces two shows a year which they perform for the public and the VCS community: a non-musical in the fall and a musical in the spring. The productions are not only acted out by students, they are also completely run by students once in performance. That means that middle and high school students run the lights, operate sound and spotlight, manage props, run scene changes, and take care of things backstage. Because the Valley Catholic community is smaller than other high schools, any student who wants to participate in the productions can in some way, either as actors or on technical crew. Some graduating seniors have even taken it upon themselves to produce a show on their own while at Valley Catholic. Students learn that they not only can play characters onstage, but that they can actually build, design, direct and create theatre on their own.
We have had a number of students get bitten by the theatre bug here, and then go on to bigger and better things in the professional theatre world. Valley Catholic Alumni are currently working with theatre companies in and around Portland, and all over the country. One alum just ended a touring stint with the world-famous Rockettes. Several current and past students are regular cast members for Northwest Children’s Theatre, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Theatre in the Grove, and HART theatre in Hillsboro. We have had two students spend part of their summer working with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. Students also have the opportunity to take drama classes in the high school. The Introduction to Drama course invites students to try every aspect of producing theatre, from acting to directing, from light and scenic design to playwriting and costume design. In the spring groups of students mount their own productions. In the Advanced Drama class, students learn how to act and understand some of the most important dramatic literature, from the Greeks to Shakespeare to more contemporary plays. Each year we take a theme that runs through a variety of plays, and let that culminate in a showcase of scenes for the public in the spring. Students learn to use the same physical, vocal and text exercises that professional stage actors have used for decades, and gain a deeper appreciation not only for the plays, but also for the skill needed to effectively perform classic and contemporary works. In both drama classes, students also have the opportunity to increase their skill at improvisation, both in scenes and games. If someone were to peek in the auditorium on a Friday afternoon, they’re likely to see drama students performing scenes and building the most fundamental acting skills.
The theatre department at Valley Catholic is small, but mighty. We work together to produce quality work that we create with integrity and a love of the art. It's a pretty special place to be!