Benedictine Academy Students Present “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon”

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ELIZABETH—Benedictine Academy will present its spring theatre production, “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon”, April 23-25 at the school, located at 840 North Broad Street in Elizabeth. Performance times are Friday and Saturday, April 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 25 at 3 p.m. The public is invited.

The current production by the academy’s Theatre Department is a zany comedy, according to Liz McConahay Wanfried, the veteran Broadway actress who is producing and directing the performance. Wanfried is director of the Academy’s Theatre Arts program.

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“This is a tongue-in-cheek, very amusing mishmash of many of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, perfectly suited to the general public as long as they don’t take themselves too seriously!” Wanfried explained. The play is “complete with present-day teenaged analyses of the stories and some quite heroic multi-character acting on the part of the ensemble,” she added.

“The troupe of talented actors guides the audience through the unspeakable and hilarious stories with commitment, enthusiasm and a heaping helping of farce,” Wanfried noted. The play was written by Don Zolidis.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens. For more information or to purchase tickets for the performance, call 908-352-0670, ext. 105.

Liz McConahay Wanfried (foreground-right) instructs Benedictine Academy (BA) sophomore Melanie Achariam (left) of Jersey City on how to tumble from the stage in her role as “Hansel”, during rehearsals for the Academy’s forthcoming production of “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon”. BA student Mecca McDonald of Roselle (rear), who is a narrator in the play, studies her lines during the rehearsal.

Props are an important part of any play, and Benedictine Academy  (BA) students have been working hard on the set for “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon”, set to run at the school April 23-25. Pictured are (l-r) Ashley McDowell of Maplewood, Jason Fernandes of Hillside (a volunteer), and Shervonne Gittens and Lydia Oquendo, both of Elizabeth, holding a prop they designed for the play. The three young women used their artistic talents along with Fernandes to create the scene from “Little Red Riding Hood”.

“The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” will be performed at Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth April 23-25. The play, a take-off on the treasured fairy tales of our youth, is “complete with present-day teenaged analyses of the stories and some quite heroic multi-character acting on the part of the ensemble,” according to Liz McConahay Wanfried, the veteran Broadway actress who is producing and directing the play at the Academy. Wanfried (pictured, far left) is Director of the school’s Theatre Program. In the photo she offers direction to students Cassandra Francois of Roselle (left) and Melanie Achariam of Jersey City (right) in their roles as “crab people” in the hilarious production written by Don Zolidis.


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