the hilarious musical, Li’l Abner
folks! Welcome to Dogpatch, “where typical folks do things
in a typical way.” Yes sir, townsfolk here seldom take baths,
comb their hair, or even work.
But unemployment and flickin’ flies isn’t the only end
to boredom in this little town. No sir, as 100% red-blooded
Americans, the folks from Dogpatch have a responsibility to
make our country proud and save it from disaster.
You see, the gambling industry in Las Vegas is being
threatened, and it’s up to Li’l Abner, Daisy Mae, and all
the loveable characters of Dogpatch, to not only save their
hometown, but to save their traditional Sadie Hawkins Day
celebration from being forever cancelled.
“Li’l Abner,” the hilarious Broadway-hit comedy, will
be presented at Sedona Red Rock High School, for two weekends
in April. This fun-for the-whole-family musical is based on
the comic strip characters created by Al Capp.
The show is presented by the SRRHS drama department
and produced by teacher Matthew Kennedy, who last year produced
and directed a phenomenal rendition of Grease.
“The amount of talent I’m blessed to work with is unbelievable.”
said Kennedy.“ Some of these students could do this professionally,
now. You’re bound to see a couple of them on stage, TV, or
film in the future.”
The show stars Nate Waggoner, Chrissy Merolo, Cam Corbin,
Nicole Cushing, William, Dibatista, Austin Combs, Allie Olson,
and Colleen Holeman; and features a cast of more than 30 students
Waggoner, a freshman,
takes center stage as Abner. “His acting range and maturity
is mind-boggling,” said Kennedy. Waggoner played Bo Decker,
the lead role in SRRHS’s fall production of Bus Stop.
Chrissy Merolo is Daisy Mae. A senior, the adorable
blonde Merolo has a spectacular voice. “Chrissy’s tone and
range are world class,” said SRRHS music teacher Pat Schlotfeldt,
the show’s musical director. Merolo, who has set her hopes
on vocal performance at Stanford University this fall, had
a lead role in last year’s production of Grease.
from last year’s cast of Grease are Cam Corbin and Nicole
Cushing, as Pappy and Mammy Yokum; Allie Olson, as Appassionata;
and Colleen Holeman, as Evil Eye Fleagle.
SRRHS is also happy
to have on board some extraordinarily talented newcomers to
the department and the school. Austin Combs, a senior transfer
student from Dearborn Heights, Michigan, plays General Bullmoose.
“Austin’s voice, looks, acting talent, and drive could make
him a star some day,” said Kennedy.
Other newcomers to the SRRHS stage: William Gameson
fills the enormous shoes of Earthquake McGoon, and Meredith
DiBattista is extraordinarily dynamic as Marryin’ Sam.
a local dance instructor, choreographed the show, which features
a number of funny and playful songs and dances. “Martha has
more energy than a teenager - the kids absolutely love her,”
said Schlotfeldt, who celebrates her 25th year of directing
The cast of Li’L
Abner is composed of all area students and those who are not
actors are busy working on other aspects of the show. The
set was constructed by the theater technology class, assisted
by Geoffrey Worrsom’s art class. Even the lighting design
will be done by students under the close supervision of Kennedy.
Last season’s production of Grease was an absolute success
and with the number of returning actors, Li’l Abner should
be delightful. The show runs April 11, 12, 13, 18, and 19,
at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee performance on April 14, at 3
about tickets, call 204-6726.