Vandegrift Theatre Co.’s fall musical  “Descendants”


By RYLIE LOCKERMAN, Vandegrift Voice

The wicked cast of evil and good pulls eyes to the stage with potions casted and music echoing throughout the auditorium. Smoke floods throughout, creeping around each character as they strike their final pose.

The Vandegrift Theatre department presented “Descendants: The Musical” last week, directed by Celeste Schneider and tech directed by Jeff Davis. The cast performed this fantasy and comedy duo-show based around renowned villains and heroes.

The four teenagers chosen are the descendants of Maleficent (Mal), the Evil Queen (Evie), Jafar (Jay), and Cruella de Vil (Carlos).

Kaitlin Black played the role of Evie. Prior to becoming a stage production, “Descendants” originated as a Disney musical. Given that both versions are targeted towards children, Black wants to ensure their performance brings out the Disney aspect of the show.

“I want all of the kids in the audience to really feel like this is a Disney show,” Black said.

In the process of creating a magical stage production, cast members attended approximately two months of daily rehearsals consisting of music, choreography, lines and blocking practices. Through these rehearsals, Schneider and Davis notice gradual cast and crew improvement each day.

“Their singing was amazing; it blew me away,” Schneider said. “I don’t hand out compliments easily and I stood up on my feet and gave them a standing ovation.”

For several cast members, this production will signify their final musical as thespians. Senior stage manager Beth Eden prepares for a successful show as this is one of her last shows with the school.

“I realized that there were [new] people that didn’t know what they were doing as much,” Eden said. “It made me realize that I have so much knowledge in my head of technical things, building sets and theater in general. It reminded me [I] put a lot of work into this. It was cool to be able to teach others about it.”

As the cast delve into their parts, they are given freedom to experiment with their characters and perform them in a way they personally believe would be best portrayed.

“I feel like we have a lot of room to work with our characters,” cast member Devon Schaffner said. “It’s not really all that stiff and set in stone, which is something I like.”

“Descendants: The Musical” cast 

Alaina Riddle

Alex Fink

Ariana Melendez

Ava Sweetland 

Cristina Orozco-Segovia

Devon Schaffner

Elijah Brooks

Emerson Hartman

Ethan Castelo

Evelyn Carpenter 

Frankie Griego 

Frankie Zabalaoui

Gavin Stubbings

Gracie Lee

Henry Weston

Izzey Riley

Jonathan Smith

Kaiden Soto

Kaitlin Black

Kirin Chheng

Layla de La Fuente 

Lucy Draper

Maddie Sparta

Maile Boswell 

Max Hunter

Moukthika Nakerakana

Nick Remy

Rachael Richman 

Regan Yenzer

Rey Hernandez

Riley Arispe

Sarah Benedict 

Sarah Sheriff

Sierra Kinelski

Sydnee Harrison

Vishmitha Kumar

Waylon Muniz

Wesley Jackson

Zak Meisenhelter

“Descendants: The Musical” crew 

Adriana Landa

Anna Fox

Anush Gudapuri

Anyssa Perry

Beth Eden

Brenna Milan

Christopher Miller

Elena Paz

Evalina Steadman

Gabriela Duran Diaz

Grace Poinsett

Grayson Westbrook

Hailey Hall

Hamza Hassan


James Verratti

Kate Gregory

Kaylie Redding

Lincoln Hook

Lauren Hogue 


Lo Hernandez Peraza

Lyra Williams

Madison Totaro

Maxwell Ditto

Navika Charu

Nylah Berkley

Olivia Lawhead

Reagan Lamb

Ryan Dubinsky

Salem Rizzo

Sal Simmons

Sophie Foerst

Tala Mahjoub

Valeria Euran

Yoosr Hassan

Zoe Harrison