Montini Theatre Celebrates Successful Spring Musical as Seniors Take Their Last Bow
Drama students are basking in the glow of the success of their 2019 Spring Musical. This year, the team performed in 'The Little Mermaid' on Thursday, February 28th through Sunday, March 3rd. As with every year - several seniors stood on the Montini stage for the last time.
Senior, Kailey Ryan, played Ariel, and has seven Montini plays and musicals under her belt. She explained her feelings about exiting the stage one final time. "It was a very emotional experience for me, I've spent the last four years getting to know my cast mates and performing on the Montini stage, so I'm really going to miss it!" She pegs 'The Little Mermaid' as her favorite stage experience and will greatly miss the comradery she has built with her cast mates over the years. "They really help me to strive to be the best I can be, because everyone is so supportive of one another!" She was very honored to be selected for the role of Ariel in this year's musical. "Getting to do the final bow during 'The Little Mermaid' was a very memorable experience for me because it's been something I've been working towards," she said. "It showed me just how much I've grown over the past four years."
Kaitlyn Donaldson, brought great passion to the role of Ursula. She has been in every fall and spring theater performance since her freshman year at Montini. "(This year) was bittersweet because I am going to miss all the amazing memories and lifelong friendships I made," she said. "But, I'm excited to see where life takes me next year!" Kaitlyn, whose next act is spending her spring break with other Montini students helping build houses with Habitat for Humanity in Michigan, picked 'Bye Bye Birdie' as her favorite performance. "It was during my freshman year," she said. "It was such a blast and helped me make so many great friendships that have lasted throughout high school!"
Gabriella Lambesis, who has participated in seven theatrical performances, her favorite being 2017's '9 to 5', will also miss the lights of the Montini stage. "It was a very bittersweet feeling. I was so happy to be a part of it, but I am also sad that it is over." Gabriella was a member of the land and sea ensemble for 'The Little Mermaid.'
Mariella Maduzia (also a member of the land and sea ensemble) is no stranger to the stage and has been a member of six Montini casts. "I was so sad to have this be my last musical, but I had so much fun during 'The Little Mermaid,'
- this was definitely the most memorable one!" Mariella has found that performing has helped her in many areas of her life. "I have more people skills to help communicate with people and it has also helped me learn how doing one small thing can help create something bigger than myself."
A total of thirteen seniors performed in their final performance with 'The Little Mermaid.'
Fall Play and Spring Musical Director, Dr. Diann Matheson celebrates her 36th theatre performance with the wrap-up of 'The Little Mermaid.' Since directing her first performance at Montini ('You Can't Take it With You') in 2001, she has inspired countless actors to believe in themselves onstage and off. "Looking back on my growth, I could not have done it without Dr. Di," said Kaitlyn. "She believed in all of us, when we didn't even believe in ourselves." Gabriella agrees. "Dr. Di always wants us to be our best, and the only way we can do that is practice. She pushes us to want to be better and to help others better themselves. She has taught us that small details matter and that no part is too small."
"Dr. Di challenges me to be the best on stage by forcing me to step outside my comfort zone and try new things that I would have not thought of that really help with character development and overall personal acting skills," added Mariella. Her cast mates agree that stepping out of their comfort zone and onto the stage has many benefits. "Performing at Montini has made me feel more confident and taught me to always let myself shine even when I'm not under a spotlight," said Kaitlyn. Gabriella agreed. "Being a performer has helped give me the confidence to speak in public. It has also allowed me to meet new and interesting people, as well as form bonds that I will have for the rest of my life!"
"I think performing on stage really helps with being more confident and stepping out of your comfort zone," said Kailey. "If you can sing on a stage in a fish tail, you can do pretty much anything!"
Montini Theatre Department said goodbye to the following seniors from 'The Little Mermaid:'
Nico Alandy (set crew)
Mady Rawski (set crew)
Al Walsh (set crew)