‘Shadrach, Meshack and R ad io -shach’
The annual production, directed by Cindy Melcher, principal, with assists from virtually the entire faculty, offered up a comedy and music from literally hundreds, pre-schoolers through eighth-graders.
And the clever script left it perfectly clear that this student body does, indeed, know the answer to the musical’s title. From its hilarious opening to a rousing, “traditional St. Paul Christmas finish,” the program was greeted with enthusiastic cheers from a standing-room-only crowd.
Costumed “characters” abounded, including a shepherd trio of Shadrach, Meshach and Radio-shach, portrayed by Bailey O’Campo, Riley Schaefer and Devin Fisher.
Then there was P.T. Barnumstyle Dallas Cowboy owner Jerry Jones, portrayed by Josh Jones, and Jones’ mafia-style bodyguard Dudley, played by Bradley Betak.
Italian plumbing brothers Mario and Luigi (Kevin Cooke and Daniel Storey) kept the laughs rolling, as did Jacob Smith as former President George W. Bush.
And so many more headliners: Brandon Williamson as Dude; Hailee Fisher as Mary Heart; William Iselt as Hans; Peytyn O’Campo as Sweet Lil and Maria; Joshua Schneider as Texas Sam; Kaily Cargill as Lizzy English; Gabby Moreno as Mama Shach; Emily Churchman as Inga Sveden; Cheyanne Lanfear as Tanya Hausmen and Nicholas Henson as Nicholas Smithich.
A variety of “groups” added comedy, song and choreography.
Celebrate Cheerleaders: Ashton Kiesling, Taylor Bachmeyer, Elise Biar, Madison Kelm, Landri Leschber, Lauren Newton, Jordyn Smith, Allyson Page, Alyson Jost.
Holiday Hoedown Dancers: Garrett Bernstein, Brodie Bachmayer, Justin Ford, Luke Leschber, Allison Albert, Katherine Henson, Meagan Newton, Madison Smith, Emory Woods.
Soggy Bottom Boys: Ethan Williamson, Cain Brymer, Carter Brymer, Michael Bowsher, Jonathan Moerbe.
Nativity Scene Players: Josh Iselt, Kristi Becker, Levi Atkins, Colton Pitts.
The Tast y Morsels: Emily Bachmeyer, Kassidy Cargill, Averie Hobbs, Jacey Paulsen, Ashley Pesl, Amber Unnasch.
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Snow Kids: Chance Betak, Logan Davis, Emmerson Fisher, Dean Johnson, Stryker Leschber, Wyatt Leschber, Ty Pesl, Branson McCoy, Taije Schroeder, Trayle Schroeder, Trew Schroeder, MaKenzie Tallas, Kaitlyn Woods.
Pre-K Performers: Caden Ake, Kinley Cargill, Muzil Ebrahim, Landin Ellington, Hannah Fisher, Jack Herzog, Jolee Lindsey, Hailey Meadors, Christopher Medina, Cooper Moore, Cohen Moss, Dillan Akin, MaKenzie Becker, Harrison Bender, Madison Brian, Dawson Gillmore, Morgan Meadors, Natalie Newton, Katelynn Woelfel, Patrick Zieschang, Dayne Bachmeyer, Tristyn Buchanan, Kynlie Cargill, Agustin Cooke, McKena Lopez, Kelly Unnasch, Faith Vickers, Hope Vickers.
St. Paul Lion Band
The St. Paul Lion Band, directed by Susan Rozanc, played Christmas music prior to the production. Band members are Gabriella Moreno, clarinet; Emily Churchman and Kristi Becker, f lutes; Kevin Cooke and William Iselt, saxophones; Levi Atkins and Jacob Smith, percussion; Josh Jones and Devin Fisher, baritone/ euphonium; Daniel Storey and Riley Schaefer, trombones; Joshua Iselt, Colton Pitts and Joshua Schneider, trumpets.
Mrs. Melcher, who was presented with a gift (a director’s megaphone) by the cast, expressed her appreciation “to all the teachers and parents and friends of St. Paul who add the special touches that make this a night to remember.”
The musical’s traditional finale, a lively audience-participation “Twelve Days of Christmas,” helped the crowd work up an appetite for a punch-and-cookies fellowship that followed the production.