RHCR involvement

Christine Hilario, A&E Writer

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Between the athletic, music, drama and art extracurriculars offered at Xavier High School, many students can find something to participate in that they are passionate about. However, some students find that activity outside of school. Three Xavier students are performing in Rich Heritage of Cedar Rapids (RHCR) Theater’s production of The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon.

The plot of The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon is a combination of all 209 of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales.

“It is a very humorous show, and we always have a lot of laughs during rehearsal,” freshman Chase Ralston, who plays Narrator 2, said. “The cast is just so amazing and talented. They bring these characters to life and really make them their own without overdoing it too much. The show is just amazing and hilarious all around, and it’s a great pick for the cast we have.”

The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon is Rich Heritage of Cedar Rapids Theater’s first play with a cast made up entirely of middle and high schoolers. Junior Lauren Ulveling, who plays the Enchantress, Giant, Evil Queen from Snow White and Little Red Riding Hood’s Grandma, is excited to be a part of their first all-youth production.

“I love that they decided to make an opportunity open to middle and high schoolers,” Ulveling said. “It’s a warm and welcoming environment.”

There are many differences between working on a school play and working on a professional production, according to freshman Ava Challenger, who plays the Witch from Hansel and Gretel, Fisher Girl and God.

“You have much less time to learn and get everything together,” Challenger said. “You get about four to six weeks depending on what you are producing. It takes a lot more work than school productions do, but it’s most definitely worth it and I’ve met some great people along the way.”

The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon was performed on April 5, 6 and 7 and will have two more performances on April 12 and 13 at the RHCR Theater.

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