By Kimberly Crone
Media Club Reporter
Once again, members of the Central Penn Players Drama Club demonstrated their acting chops when they performed the play Mysterious Golden Rose during Fall Harvest on Oct. 24.
The children’s play is an annual event, and as always, the Central Penn Players did not disappoint.
As children sat on the floor in front of the stage, the performers delighted spectators of all ages in the Capital BlueCross Theatre on campus. In addition to running among the audience members, the cast also interacted with the children during the performance, which prompted some hilarious responses.
Although the kids were energized throughout the play, several were tongue-tied afterward when asked about their favorite part or characters, but other spoke right up.
“The two girls were my favorite,” young audience member Jamel said.
He was referring to Annabelle and Anastasia, played by actors Teta Gaye and Jaida May-Woodfolk, respectively.
The play, written by the Central Penn Players Drama Club and inspired by classic fairy tale books, was about two friends who question whether the mysterious golden rose they discover is magical, after they face a series of peculiar adventures in Fairyland.
Daniel Blichasz, who played the roles of the troll, dragon and tree, was ecstatic after the performance. As the troll, he frightened Annabelle and Anastasia at first, but by the end of the play, he had achieved the thing he was searching for – their friendship.
“It went wonderful,” he said. “All the actors were energized. We brought it to the table, and the kids enjoyed it.”
Tyler Willis, who played the knight, agreed.
“It went spectacular,” he said.
Professor Janet Bixler was pleased with the children’s play as well as with the Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, members of which had performed earlier in the day.
“Today’s been going really well,” Bixler said following Mysterious Golden Rose. “The Pennsylvania Regional Ballet put on a contemporary number and two ballet pieces. The dancers ranged in age from 7 to teenagers. We had almost a full house for them. The kids’ play was high energy.”
Bixler said the Central Penn Players are proud of themselves, and that they should be because of the hard work they put into the production.
Annabel – Teta Gaye
Anastasia – Jaida May-Woodfolk
King – DaShawn Godfrey
Knight – Tyler Willis
Mysterious Stranger – Ashley Walker
Troll, Dragon and Tree – Daniel Blichasz