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July 18, 2014

Teen Theatre announces cast for ‘Pied Piper’

DUNCAN — Teen Theatre released the names of its cast list for the “Pied Piper of Hamelin,” the show this year’s participants are working on.

Brady Henricks, a veteran of Teen Theatre and a previous performer for Duncan Little Theatre, was announced as the title character. During the 2013 Teen Theatre workshop, Henricks played Mr. Drysdale in “The Beverly Hillbillies.” Teen Theatre is a program hosted by Duncan Little Theatre to educate teens about what it takes to put a show together, ending with a performance Aug. 2.

“I’m always excited about it (Teen Theatre),” Henricks said. “This is the fifth year I’ve gotten a solid character.”

Henricks, who is entering his sophomore year at Duncan High School, is one of several Teen Theatre participants who returned this year. Heather Amaya, the Teen Theatre producer, said there are newcomers to this year’s version of Teen Theatre.

Amaya said youths have continued to sign-up for the workshop throughout the first week of the program.

Although Amaya has been involved in Teen Theatre previously as producer, she and Veronica Hodgson, the director,  are making several changes, including the introduction of committees, which allow the teens to plan  the production, from costuming to set design.

“It’s supposed to be their show,” Amaya said. “It’s really cool that we started it this year.”

Henricks said he’s having fun with Teen Theatre and excited to lead the sizable cast through this year’s performance. He said Teen Theatre is something he enjoys every year, and he’s glad he gets to participate.

“It’s easily my favorite thing to do,” he said. “I love being on stage. ”

This year’s cast includes:

  •  The Pied Piper — Brady Henricks.
  •  The Mayor — Mikayla Amaya.
  •  Werner, the councilman — Claire Amaya.
  •  Otto, another councilman — Caitlyn Ashford.
  •  Max, a mute councilman — Maidson Wise.
  •  Frau Beckenholt, a school teacher — Lindsey Trostle.
  •  Klaus, a shoe maker — Hayley Channell.
  •  Gustav, a blacksmith — Lauryn Birkes.
  •  Zsa Zsa, a shopkeeper — Elizabeth Miller.
  •  Wolfgang, a farmer — Kayla Vines.
  •  Inge, a widow — Jessica Pharoah.
  •  Franz, a crippled orphan — Lily Garrett.
  •  Franz, dream sequence — Ensley Kahout.
  •  Mortimar, a poetic pet mouse — Lillie Hodgson.
  •  Herr Schmidt, the orphan master — Caleb Pharoah.
  •  Ute, Herr Schmidt’s wife — Lauren Hennan.
  •  Gretchen, a young girl — Kaylee Ashford.
  •  Helmut, a cocky boy — Maverick Williams.
  •  Jan, Helmut’s schoolmate — Kayla Sing.
  •  Frederick, the slow boy in class — Abbey Linsky.
  •  Ernst, the general of the rats — Garrison Matlock.
  •  Horst/Helene, henchrat No. 1 — Ensley Kahout.
  •  Borst/Eva, henchrat No. 2 — Madison Wise.
  •  Kroger, a dissident rat — Ashlynn Pharoah.
  •  Rogue rat/sneaky rat — Mackenzie Schick.
  •  Additional rats — Kayla Sing, Abbey Linsky and Lauren Hennan.

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