Raymore-Peculiar High School is presenting “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” a musical based on the Victor Hugo novel, this weekend with performances scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 16-18 and 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 19 in the school theater .
Tickets — $7 for adults and $5 for students — may be reserved by calling 816-892-3999, ext. 2400. Free child care will be provided.
The cast includes Talmage Kelley as Quasimodo, Trevor Diepenbrock as Claude Frollo, Kylie Hansen as Esmeralda, Logan Daniels as Phoebus, Seth Kelley as Jehan Frollo, Kiara Galloway as Florika, Peter Dyreng as Clopin, Ella Schnake as Clotilde, Alec Heriford as Frederic, Nate Thurman as Andrzej, and Angel Patterson as the Madame.
The play will be narrated by Dalton Apel, Chloe Coons, Robbie Keays, India Kittrell, Grace Millard, Sarah Poisner, Sam Reicher, Matthew Stewart, Chely Stratton, and Ian Van Horn.
Quasimodo’s Friends are played by Spencer Barr, Tayler Bates, Ben Dixon, Jillian Humke, Denton Meehan, Mark Moorhead, Sarah Scott, Sydney Strauss, Jeffrey Sykes, and Larissa Wratney.
The Gypsies are played by Abby Ball, Vito Brattin, Tevin Chavez, Dylan de Leon, Alexandra Green, Savannah Taylor, and Sasha Trujillo.
Also appearing are Tyler Brundage, Lucas Hagelin, Jonah Hagelin, Nick Keenum, Cameron Lowe, Eli Monnig, Payton Ballinger, Carli Bouray, Maggie Carlson, Katie Clewell, Kiersten Grier, Katie Kuntz, Alyssa Nicholas, Avery Nickles, Devyn Phillips, Kersten Randolph, Jacee Robertson, Kaylee Schaeffer, Chloe Schumaker, Ashley Sclesky, Jaci Stratton, Corinne Williams, and Kayla Williams.
Teacher Todd Schnake directs the production with teacher Stephen Rew as the music director and teacher Karla Penechar as the technical director. Teacher Pam Schnake and patrons Michael and Kay Connelly are production assistants.
The scenic designer is Peter Dyreng. The lighting designer is Riley Linn. The assistant directors are Alexis Carver, Molly Loman, and Chloe Newton. The stage manager is Zach Scott. The sound engineer is Nick Hime. Props mistress is Becca Bessette. The costume, hair, and makeup crew is headed up by Katie Carlisle.
Scenes from ‘Shrek’
The stage at Harrisonville High School was awash in color earlier this month as the theater department presented the musical “Shrek.”
Bright Futures Harrisonville is looking for families and other groups interested in helping those in need through its holiday Adopt-A-Family program.
By Thanksgiving, adopters will be provided wish list, along with clothing sizes.
Adopted families will be asked to give two ideas in the following categories: Something You Want, Something You Need, Something to Wear, Something to Read, and Something to Eat. Adopters will be asked to provide at least one item from each category, within reason.
Anyone interested should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 816-380-2727, ext. 1224, by Nov. 17.
Indicate the size of family size you would like to adopt: small: 1-2 children; medium: 3-4 children; or large: 5 or more children. Adopters will be asked to deliver the presents the week of Dec. 11.
Fourth-grader wins Belton spelling bee
By correctly spelling “contrition,” Scott Elementary fourth-grader Elijah Gray won the Belton School District Spelling Bee on Nov. 9.
Elijah claimed victory after a few final battles with Mill Creek student Josh Croft. Twenty-four students in fourth through eighth grades competed.
Race will benefit Ray-Pec bands
Anyone wanting a little exercise while recovering from the ritual Thanksgiving binge can support the Raymore-Peculiar band program’s first Trim the Turkey 5K at 8 a.m. on Nov. 25.
The top three overall male and female finishers will receive prizes. The entry fee is $25. Register at www.rpbands.com/5k.html.
The race will take place at Ray-Pec High School, 20801 S. School Road in Peculiar.
‘Socktober’ nets more than 800 pairs
Together, Ray-Pec South and East middle schools gathered 867 pairs of new socks in all sizes during their “Socktober” drive. The socks will be donated to local charities.
Brits in the 1770s: Guilty or innocent?
Harrisonville eighth-graders got an unusual history lesson at the Cass County Courthouse this fall when Great Britain went on trial for tyranny because of actions that preceded the Revolutionary War.
For the exercise, students defined the terms tyranny and rebellion before evaluating the actions of both the colonists and the British.
After learning about criminal trial procedures, students on each side spent three days preparing their cases. They worked in groups to create opening statements, case arguments, questions from lawyers, witness testimony, and closing arguments.
Through a partnership with the Cass County Historical Society, the two-day trial was held in the Cass County Courthouse with the society’s former executive director, Don Peters, serving as judge. Jason Walters and Kevin Adkins are the eighth-grade history teachers at Harrisonville Middle School.
Belton Scholar Bowl squad has answers
During the first Scholar Bowl tournament of the year, Belton High School entered two teams in the North Kansas City JV Invitational on Nov. 4, and one came home with the championship trophy.
Belton Team A finished with a perfect 10-0 record to become tournament champions. The team defeated Lee’s Summit North, Notre Dame de Sion, Truman, Lathrop, St. Joseph Central, Lee’s Summit West, Liberty, St. Pius, and Raytown by an average margin of 78 points per game.
In her debut on the team, junior Tara Hartenbower earned a medal as the tournament top scorer.
Belton Team B started out 4-1 and finished eighth among 24 teams.
Compiled by Elaine Adams, Special to The Democrat