The (South) Hills are alive with the sound of music

Published Mar 3, 2014 at 10:45 am (Updated Mar 3, 2014 at 10:45 am)

Spring is approaching quickly, and many high schools in the South Hills are putting the finishing touches on their annual musicals. Each school is presenting a different show, so you’re sure to find an old favorite or a new interest.

Bethel Park High School

“Children of Eden” – 7:30 p.m. March 19-22

Tickets: $8-$10. Senior citizens can receive half-price admission to the March 19 and 20 performances only. To hear pre-recorded information about tickets, please call 412-833-5000 and enter extension 8706 when prompted.

“Children of Eden” tells the tale of Adam, Eve and Noah’s Ark through singing and acting. It is a heartfelt and humorous examination of the age-old conflict between parents and children, delivering the message that “the hardest part of love is letting go.” The musical was written by Stephen Schwartz and is based on the Book of Genesis.

Opening/closing cast members include: Ben Muscato/Zack Laufer as the Father, Channing Johnson/Anna Henkels as Eve/Mama Noah, Dan Spanner/Nick Pilotta as Adam/Noah, Emi Makohus/Marie Dykstra as Yonah, Joseph Serafini as Cain/Japheth, David Erzen/Tyler Krzyzanowski as Abel/Ham, Phoebe Gorges/Cecilia Lacey as Aphra, Christina Cvetic/Alexandria Zallo as Aysha, and Patrick Raymond/Michael Krut as Seth/Shem.

To obtain information regarding handicap parking and drop off, contact the High School Security Office at 412-854-8515.

Canon-McMillan High School

“Pippin” – 7:30 p.m. March 20-22

Tickets: $7

“Pippin,” which won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Several characters, such as Charlemagne and Pippin himself, are based off of two real-life individuals who lived in the early Middle Ages. Directed by Cynthia Berg, the show stars leading characters Samantha White, Nick Charles and Brianna King, Drew Sipos as Pippin, Devin Underwood as Charlemagne, Anthony Popovski as Lewis, Nicole Castelli as Fastrada, Jackie Bissell as Berthe and Rachel Hodges as Catherine.

Chartiers-Houston Junior/Senior High School

“Oklahoma!” – 7:30 p.m. March 13-15

Tickets: $5-$7. Senior citizens with a gold card will be admitted free.

Written by Rodgers and Hammerstein, “Oklahoma!” is a romance between the cowboy Curly McLain and the farm girl, Laurey Williams.

Directed by Jill Keefer with musical direction by Nancy McGill and technical direction by Anastasia Rameaf-Michael, the musical stars Ryan Innes as Curly, Laura Mobley as Laurey, Sunny Shaw as Aunt Eller, Josua VanRiper as Will Parker, Missy Dzadovsky as Ado Annie, Steven Caumo as Jud Fry and Jonathan Dohanich as Ali Hakim.

Chartiers Valley High School

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” – 7:30 p.m. March 5-8

Tickets: $10, reserved tickets only. Call 412-276-7843 to have them held at Will Call (leave name with correct spelling, phone number, number of tickets desired and performance date). Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door on performance nights. Senior citizens are free for any night of the show.

This musical retells the Biblical story of Joseph’s coat of many colors and his gift to interpret dreams. There is a wide range of musical styles used, from rock ‘n’ roll to country western to pop – fun for the whole family!

Directed by Kim Giffin, with a cast of 31, ensemble of 21 and a children’s chorus made up of 35, the production stars Devin Moore as Joseph, TJ Vercek as Jacob, Jordan Callahan as Potiphar, Delaney Rice as Mrs. Potiphar, Lydia Nelson as the Baker, Angela Pannitti as the Butler, Mitchell McDermott as the Pharaoh.

Mt. Lebanon High School

“Carousel” – May 7-10 at the Fine Arts Theatre

Tickets: $12/adults, $8/students

Carousel tells the story of a carousel barker named Billy Bigelow and a millworker named Julie Jordan. Bigelow has been dead for 15 years, but after hearing that his wife and the child he never met are having problems, he yearns to go back to earth to help rectify the situation. However, he must first get the OK from the gatekeeper at the “pearly gates” of Heaven. Carousel was written by Rodgers and Hammerstein, and takes place in Maine. Main cast members include Julie Jordan, Carrie Pipperidge, Nettie Fowler, Billy Bigelow, Enoch Snow and Jigger Craigin.

Peters Township High School

“The Wiz” – 7 p.m. March 6-8 and 2 p.m. March 9

Tickets: $12/adults, $7/students and senior citizens

This adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz,” directed by Ray Cygrymus, features Rachael Ferraco as Dorothy, Stephen Rothhaar as the Wiz, Hayden Bennett as Lion, Charlie Meyers as Tin Man and Cullen Browell as Scarecrow. There will be refreshments and a meet and greet with the cast immediately following each show.

Visit to purchase tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door before each performance, provided the show has not been sold out. In addition, a suggested donation of $5 will help fund future productions.

Seton-La Salle High School

“Man of La Mancha” – 7:30 p.m. March 20-22

Tickets: $8, reserved seating. To order tickets, visit

Man of La Mancha is presented as a play-within-a-play format, recounting the plot of a knight named Don Quixote who is in prison during the Spanish Inquisition.

South Fayette High School

“The Music Man” – 7:30 p.m. March 21, 22 and 2:30 p.m. March 23

Tickets: $10/adults, $7 children/students/senior citizens

Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” is a family-friendly musical about a con man who tries to scam a midwestern town, but things don’t go according to plan. With songs such as “76 Trombones,” “Till There Was You” and “Wells Fargo Wagon” performed by a cast of almost 100, the show brings rousing marches, barbershop quartets and popular tunes to the high school stage.

High school box office hours are 2-4 p.m. Mondays, March 3, 10 and 17 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, March 12 and 19. Call 412-221-4542 for more information.

On March 16, a free matinee performance will be shown at 2:30 p.m. to those with a SF Senior Citizen Gold Card. Also on that day, a lunch will be offered at 12:30 p.m. in the High School Commons for senior citizens. Cost is $6. Call Tiffany Vetter at 412-221-4542 ext. 8407 by March 12 to make a reservation

Upper St. Clair High School

“All Shook Up” – 7:30 p.m. March 7, 8, 14, 15 and 2 p.m. March 9 and 6:30 p.m. March 13

Tickets: In advance, $12/adults, $5/children and students; At the door, $15/adults, $8/children and students. USC senior citizens are admitted free. Box office hours are 10:30-noon Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings, and 6:30-8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday evenings. Tickets will also be sold 10 a.m.-noon on all performance dates and one hour prior to the start of each show. Call 412-851-2060 for more information.

When Chad (Jonny Summers) brings rock-n-roll to a sleepy Midwest town, Natalie (Claire Stoller and Megan Jones) instantly falls for him. Unfortunately, Chad falls for Miss Sandra (Morgan Hogenmiller and Meredith McDonough). Other town members fall in love and a complicated love octagon is formed. However, the mayor just passed a law forbidding townspeople from wearing tight clothing, playing loud music and kissing in public, and she is determined to stop the spread of love.

Inspired by the music of Elvis Presley and with a storyline loosely based off Twelfth Night by Shakespeare, this musical is filled with classic tunes like “Jailhouse Rock,” “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Hound Dog.”

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