Arts & Entertainment

Randolph High School Drama Club Delivers Laughs With Hansel and Gretel Parody

Credits: Jenna Manderioli
Credits: Jenna Manderioli
Credits: Jenna Manderioli
Credits: Jenna Manderioli
Credits: Jenna Manderioli
Credits: Jenna Manderioli
Credits: Jenna Manderioli
Credits: Jenna Manderioli
Credits: Jenna Manderioli
Credits: Jenna Manderioli
Credits: Jenna Manderioli
Credits: Jenna Manderioli
Credits: Jenna Manderioli
Credits: Jenna Manderioli
Credits: Jenna Manderioli
Credits: Jenna Manderioli
Credits: Jenna Manderioli
Credits: Jenna Manderioli
Credits: Jenna Manderioli
Credits: Jenna Manderioli
Credits: Jenna Manderioli
Credits: Jenna Manderioli
Credits: Jenna Manderioli
Credits: Jenna Manderioli
Credits: Jenna Manderioli
Credits: Jenna Manderioli
Credits: Jenna Manderioli
Credits: Jenna Manderioli

RANDOLPH, NJ – The talented students of Randolph High School blew away the audience with their wonderful performance of “The (Almost) Totally True Story of Hansel and Gretel" a humor filled show presented by the RHS Drama Club.

“My high school actors take demanding classes and are often involved in other extra-curricular activities,” said Cara Canfield, RHS Theater Program Artistic Director. “But, they give everything they have to their time on this stage. I often marvel at their ability to balance it all.”

A few minutes into the play, two police officers come on stage and say they are looking for Hansel (Jason Perniciaro) and Gretel (Haley Ornstein), two young delinquents. The first half of the one-act play shows Hansel and Gretel’s side of the story, the traditional story, and then Police Officers’ (Carly Francesconi and Jordan Pontelandolfo) tell their side.

Sign Up for E-News

Hansel and Gretel’s side of the story is the traditional fairy tale most everyone knows, with the husband remarrying after his wife dies, and the new wife tries to rid herself of the pair, ( her husbands children) by ultimately leaving them in the forest to be eaten. When it is the police officers’ turn to tell their side of the story, the familiar tale has a dramatic plot twist in which Hansel and Gretel are not the innocent children the audience perceives, carrying viewers into a hilarious, unexpected conclusion.

Student assistant director Shannon Goldstein stated, “This production really allowed everyone to grow and have fun with many people who truly support them and love them.”

From the over the top accents to the witty sarcasm displayed by the cast members, the auditorium was left with tears of laughter. Notable performers in addition to Ornstein and Perniciaro were Alexa Nodine as Streptococcus, and Rachel Malaga as Amanita Phalloides. These actors all showed the audience their passion for theatre by pouring their heart and soul into the performance. .

“This show was a great way to start off the year in Drama Club,” said senior Rachel Malaga, who is the Drama Club president., “We all became so close and the show really came together.”

It was clear to all members of the audience that everyone gave their full effort on the stage, all while having fun.

“This cast is truly my happily ever after,” said Ariana Pereira, a senior who plays Brunhilda and is the Improv Captain for the Drama Club.  

Pereira’s sentiments were evident at the shows end, when the bows, hugs, and smiles on stage made it clear that the cast felt like they were one big family.

“This play allowed us to create magic and put smiles on little kids’ faces,” said Carly Francesconi, who plays Inspector Wombat and is President of RHS Choir Council. “I loved watching all of the fairytale characters come to life.”

A  lighthearted twist on a fairytale we all thought we knew, crossed with great actors, made the play a hit with little kids and adults alike.

“It was a very clever show. The kids did a great job; the costumes and sets were amazing,” said audience member Myra, a friend of a proud grandparent of a performer. “Hansel and Gretel were very, very good. The whole cast was great and enthusiastic.”

While audience members were walking out of the auditorium, the cast was standing outside still in costume, signing autographs and keeping character. Laughs were spread among the crowd as the cast spoke to audience members while maintaining their accents; a performer who “mooed” like a cow in the play would only “moo” in response. The performers never broke character, improvising perfectly.

Kids and families took pictures with them and enjoyed speaking to the cast about the show. Overall, the night was deemed to be a great success by all involved.

The show marked a strong start to the year for the RHS Drama Club,  who now turns their focus to the upcoming Cabaret Night on February 3rd, and the musical, Annie, in the spring.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Randolph Soccer Club 2018-19 Tryouts Begin Next Week

April 20, 2018

RAANDOLPH, NJ- Randolph Soccer Club is holding tryouts for the 2018-19 season (fall of 2018 & spring of 2019) starting the week of April 23.  For additional information, please visit RSC’s website (Click Here).

These tryouts will be for ages 8U – 15U (birth years 2011-2004) for full-year teams for both boys and girls.  Free online pre-registration is recommended ...

PAWS for a Cause April 28th at Heistein Park

April 17, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ- 8th grade students at Randolph Middle School would like to invite the public to our Paws For A Cause Walk-A-Thon at Heistein Park on April 28th from 10:30 a.m to 12:00 p.m.

RMS students are hosting this event along with the 11th Hour Rescue as part of our “take action” initiative for a 8th grade Capstone Project. The purpose of ...

Celebrating 100 years: Joseph Berry, Long Time Randolph Resident

April 15, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ - Joseph Berry, Jr., resident of Randolph since the 1940s, turned 100 years old on March 16, and the township council issued a proclamation for “a day of joy, happiness and reflection,” during Thursday’s meeting.

As a Randolph resident, Berry served with the Ironia Fire Company and established a Boy Scout Troop in Ironia. He also volunteered as a member of the ...

March Randolph Police Blotter Includes Multiple Possession Charges

April 13, 2018

On February 28, 2018, Shaquille Jacobs, age 19 of Maplewood, NJ was arrested by P.O. David Spence on an active warrant which was issued by the Maplewood Township Municipal Court. Mr. Jacobs was transported to the Randolph Police Department where he was processed and released after posting bail.  ...

Mayor Forstenhausler on Randolph Budget

April 9, 2018

One of the key responsibilities of our township council is to plan an annual budget. The first step is a discussion with the Township Manager and the CFO so that they know the goals of our Mayor and Council. Then they work with the various department heads with those goals in mind. Once a draft budget is completed, our Council holds several open public meetings to review the details of that draft ...

More Than Just Kindness for Roxbury Student Adored by Tragically Killed Boy

April 17, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ – She lost her 10-year-old son three years ago in a boating accident on Lake Hopatcong, but Laurie D’Amico is sure her beloved Christopher speaks to her all the time. It’s subtle but firm, she says; messages that come as sparks of recollection, inspiration or intuition.

One of those unexpected inklings led Laura and her husband Chris to a jewelry ...

Upcoming Events


Mon, April 23, 7:00 AM


Spring Branch Collection

Community Calendar


Tue, April 24, 7:00 PM

Randolph Township Community Center, Randolph

Hidden in Plain Sight

Community Calendar


Wed, April 25, 11:00 AM

Randolph Township Free Public Library, Randolph

Toy Exchange

Arts & Entertainment Community Calendar Green Other

Randolph High School Student Selected for Prestigious NJ Scholar Program

April 22, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ- Randolph High School junior Renee Shen has been accepted to the prestigious New Jersey Scholar Program.

Renee said she is proud to represent Randolph High School and excited to attend the program from June 24-July 27 at the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

RHS Principal Debbie Iosso, Counseor Tashi Oyola and Teacher Peter Flynn met Renee in the high ...

Randolph High School Junior Selected for New Jersey Governor's School in the Sciences

RANDOLPH, NJ- Randolph High School junior Julia Miao has been selected to attend the 31st New Jersey Governor's School in the Sciences at Drew University July 8-28.

Julia said she was very surprised to receive this honor. "I feel very excited and lucky to have been selected for this program," said Julia, who is a member of the high school's Science, Math, English, ...

Randolph Middle School Students Selected for Honors Orchestras

April 17, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ- Randolph Middle School musicians Joanna Peters, Kieran Lucas and Shoshana Zeiger who have been accepted to the NJSMA Region 1 Intermediate Orchestra and All-State Intermediate Orchestra!

"The students will grow musically and will learn wonderful new repertoire and meet some wonderful new conductors," said RMS Director of Orchestra Genevieve R. Sallemi.

Kieran said ...

Lauren Madalian Commits to West Chester University, To Play Rugby

April 12, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ- Lauren Madalian, Randolph High Sxhool class of 2018, has committed to play Division 1AA Rugby for West Chester University in PA. Madalian was also accepted into the colleges honors program.

During her time at RHS, Madalian earned Varsity letters in Field Hockey, Basketball & Soccer.  Her first love was soccer when she began to play in ...

Long Beach Island Summer Shuttle No Longer a Free Ride

April 18, 2018

BRANT BEACH — The Long Beach Island Shuttle, an extremely popular service for visitors and residents of Long Beach Island, will have a fee for the first time beginning Memorial Day weekend. 

The Long Beach Township Board of Commissioners made the announcement at their meeting on Monday, April 9. 

Here is the overview on the fees:

One-way shuttle rides from 10 a.m. to ...

Letter to the Editor: Don't Complain. Vote!

April 15, 2018

Don’t Complain; Vote!

It’s no secret that people have strong feelings about what’s happening in our country. It’s also true that much of politics is local. In November, 11th District residents will have the opportunity to choose a new congressional representative who will not only serve as a critical check on the federal level, but also determine how our distract fares ...

Free Veterans Legal Clinic and Benefits Expo; Friday April 27

April 20, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - A free Legal Clinic and Resources Expo is scheduled for all Morris County Veterans on  Friday, April 27.  The event will take place at the Morristown Municipal Building, 200 South Street, third floor senior citizens room from 11am - 2pm.  Free coffee and donuts will be served.

“We urge our veterans to take advantage of this program ...

April is STD Awareness Month and Get Yourself Tested Month

April is Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Awareness Month, a national campaign to increase awareness about education, treatment, and prevention of STDs.  

STDs are common, affecting 1 in 2 sexually active people during their lifetime - and most people don't know they are infected.  The rate of STDs is increasing, with a 68% increase in bacterial sexually transmitted ...

Atlantic Health Among Six Regional Health Systems Forming Clinical Research Consortium

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Seeking to bring clinical trials and innovations in medicine even closer to home, Atlantic Health System, parent company of Morristown Medical Medical Center, is now part of a group of six regional health systems that are founding members of a nonprofit clinical research consortium – Partners in Innovation, Education, and Research (PIER Consortium) ...

Team Veronica Holds "Be the Match" Drive, Monday April 23

Team Veronica is coming to a town near you!

Veronica, is a seven year old, who needs a bone marrow transplant. 

Be The Match is a national registry for finding a match(es) for a bone marrow transplant. It is a simple swab test of the inside of your mouth. 

On Mon., April 23, Be The Match, will be at the Bayonne Fire House from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Elise Johanssen of Be The Match ...