Lakeside Lutheran High School is nearing its final week of practice for the spring production of the comedy musical Princess Whatsername. Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30 at 7 p.m. Tickets may be reserved in advance by calling the school office at (920) 648-2321, or purchasing tickets at the door the nights of the performances. Prices are $8 for adults and $5 for students (K-12).
It begins in the Misty Forest, where a girl is sleeping. When she wakes, nothing looks familiar to her. She can’t remember anything — not where she’s from, how she got there or even her own name! She embarks on a journey to discover her identity and meets several fairy-tale characters along the way. Some are helpful, some are dangerous, and some are just plain weird, but all have information to help our young girl eventually realize her true identity as a princess. As with any good fairytale, there’s also a prince! He’s desperate to find the princess, but he’s always one step behind and inadvertently rescues and wins the hearts of all the wrong princesses! A rocking musical score adds even more fun to new takes on the stories everyone loves.
A large cast offers the opportunity for many Lakeside students to showcase their acting and musical talents. Characters include the fairytale legends Gretel (Mindy Meske, Jefferson); Hansel (Malachi Mortenson, Beaver Dam), Rumpelstiltskin (Kyle Burger, Lake Mills), Cinderella (Lillie Johnstone, Jefferson), Rapunzel (Emma Guld, Lake Mills), the Forest Witch (Audra Sonntag, Janesville), and fairies, both good (Jordan Gade, Lake Mills, Marilyn Klein, Watertown and Sophia Griffin, Madison), evil (Violet Dumke, Fort Atkinson) and the godmother (Sam Anderson, Sun Prairie).
Other fairytale characters include Snow White (Jade Wood, Madison) and her seven dwarfs, Giddy (Olivia Fregien, Madison); Nosy (Ben Huebner, Madison); Rowdy (Al Wood, Madison); Whiny (Gabby Grunewald, Bettendorf, IA); Hippie (Mollie Lindloff, Janesville); Guilty (Corey Paske, Arlington); and Flighty (Maddie Klug, Juneau). Likewise, Goldilocks (Madeline McKenna, Lake Mills) and a big and little bear make an appearance (Mark Hoeft, Fort Atkinson and Colton Hatcher, Oconomowoc).
In addition to the title namesake Princess (Maria Werre, Sun Prairie), the cast also features several other royalty, including the Queen of North (Heidi Skewes, Madison), King and Queen of the South (Josiah Eaker, Keyera Giese, both of Watertown), Queen of the West (Emily Weber, Helenville), and Princes Hercules (Josh Schoenfeld, Lake Mills), Reveille (Derek Gulrud, Marshall), Adonis (Joe Graumann, Fort Atkinson) and Swavay (Mason DeNoyer, Sun Prairie).
Rounding out the royalty staff are the Herald (Caleb Strutz, Verona), the Steward (Lucas Schneider, Waterloo) and the Nurse (Noah Kooiman, Lake Mills).
The Lakeside Lutheran drama team is directed by teachers Clark Schultz and Mark Toepel. Choreography is provided by Lake Mills dance instructor Rebecca Lauber. Musical coaching is provided by Lakeside Lutheran choral director James Buege and Rachel Mortensen. Student stage manager is Annika Butzow of Janesville. Princess Whatsername is presented by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc.