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Halsted Middle School Presents Twisted Fairy Tale “The Big Bad Musical”

In this photo: Keira Rheinheimer as Little Red Riding Hood and Ryan Penny as Judge Wise Old Man Credits: Danielle Francisco
In this photo: Jessica Vasquez as the Evil Step Mother, Ryan Penny as the  Judge Wise Old Man, Kieran Kane as Pig One, Allison Iliff as Pig Two, and Ella Molkenthin as Pig Three Credits: Danielle Francisco
In this Photo: Gemma Meade as The Big Bad Wolf and  Ivy Nisler (Dance Captain), Eva Paternoster, Madison Chymiy as The Wolfettes Credits: Danielle Francisco
In this Photo: Miranda Paternoster as the Fairy Godmother and Gabby Zukowski as Miss Muffit Credits: Danielle Francisco
 In this Photo: Kyler Kane as the Boy Who Cried Wolf Credits: Danielle Francisco
In this Photo: Naya Pereira as Sydney Grimm and an ensemble of assorted fairytale characters Credits: Danielle Francisco

NEWTON, NJ—Families looking for a fun night out this week should head to the Halsted Street Middle School for the ‘Big Bad Musical.’  The students involved in the Drama Club will be performing the twisted fairy tale on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

“‘The Big Bad Musical’, a comedy, tells the story of the court trial of the Big Bad Wolf.  In the play, a class action suit has been brought against Mr. Wolf by Little Red Riding Hood and her Grandma, Mr. Old Shepherd, better known as the father of the boy who cried wolf and the three Little Pigs,” said Director Meg Penny.

The plaintiff’s attorney is Miss Fairy Godmother, while Mr. Wolf is represented by none other than Cinderella’s evil Stepmother, who was assigned the pro bono case. 

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After testimony is heard from several key witnesses, the audience is asked to be the jury and weigh in on the verdict. The cast has rehearsed three different endings depending upon how the jury votes, according to Mrs. Penny and Assistant Director, Jocelyn Keppler,

The main characters include:

  • The Big Bad Wolf – Gemma Meade
  • Sydney Grimm – Naya Pereira
  • Fairy Godmother – Miranda Paternoster
  • Evil Step Mother – Jessica Vasquez
  • Little Red Riding Hood – Keira Rheinheimer
  • Grandmother Hood – Tamara Barkman
  • Judge Wise Old Man – Ryan Penny
  • Bill Woodcutter – Brett Bergey
  • Pig One – Kieran Kane
  • Pig Two – Allison Iliff
  • Pig Three – Ella Molkenthin
  • Old Shepherd – Josh Tierney
  • Boy Who Cried Wolf – Kyler Kane
  • The Wolfettes – Ivy Nisler (Dance Captain), Eva Paternoster, Madison Chymiy
  • Miss Muffit – Gabby Zukowski
  • Plus an ensemble of assorted fairytale characters

“This talented cast has worked hard to bring the characters of the Enchanted Forest to life,” says Mrs. Penny.  “What makes this show especially fun, is that we get to see a different side of these fairytale characters and we find out that maybe we’ve had their stories wrong all these years.” 

Non-stop humor and toe-tapping musical numbers rehearsed by Musical Director, Kara Hartzell, are what makes this a show a delight to children of all ages. 

Show times are Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m.  Tickets are available at the door for each show. 

For more information, call 973-383-7440. For more pictures of the cast, please visit our Facebook page


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