The Princess Anne High School Choral Department, under the direction of David Prescott Jr., is pleased to present their spring musical, The Scarlet Pimpernel.
“This show has such an in depth storyline and elaborate use of true context mixed with betrayal and love. It’s not something you typically see in high school,” said junior, Shannon Dinkler, who plays one of the female leads. Based off the classic novel by the same name, The Scarlet Pimpernel follows the sharp-witted Englishman, Percy Blakeney, as he and his band of fellow aristocrats bravely rescue French nobility from the jaws of Madame Guillotine. Percy’s wife, Marguerite, finds herself caught between love and fear as she is loyal to both France and England, even when the French agent, Chauvelin, threatens her family and war wages on in her homeland.
“As high school students, we don’t have experience fighting for the lives of others, so it’s difficult taking on a show with such serious themes,” said senior, Samuel Peterson, who plays Percy, “however, working as an ensemble and creating our own characters to help contribute has helped us overcome the challenges.” With a cast of 32 and crew of 22, each student has been working hard to make the production the best that it can be. Senior Eric McHenry, who plays the villainous Chauvelin, said, “It feels like we’re actual people, instead of just actors on a stage.”
Featuring extensive disguises, sword fighting, and most impressively, a guillotine built by George Sauer and a team of chorus parents and helpers, this Princess Anne performance puts high school talent on display with grandeur. “It’s the biggest show I’ve been a part of,” said junior, Steven Slawson, who plays one of Percy’s men. The department at Princess Anne has been working every day to perfect costumes, sets, and theater magic. Each and every person involved in this production has put forth so much of their time and emotion. “such a big show has allowed us to become a family and grow and work together. It’s just so rewarding,” said senior Micah King, who plays one of Percy’s men.
Princess Anne’s choral department has committed fully to their upcoming spring musical, “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” offering the community an opportunity to see high school students taking on a show that’s “larger than life,” according to director, David Prescott Jr.
“The Scarlet Pimpernel” will be performed at Princess Anne High School from March 28th through 30th. The performances are at 7:00pm each night with an additional 2:00pm matinee performance on the 30th. Tickets are $8.00 for students and $12.00 for adults, sold at the door.