NORTH FORK – The 7th grade class at the North Fork School has something special planned this year to raise money for their trip to Catalina.
On Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3, they will present “Silvalinda,” an original, rollicking, song and dance fairy tale melodrama written by Terry Butler, and featuring a cast of characters ranging in age from 8 to 64.
The title role of Princess Silvalinda is played by Squirrel Cage newcomer Natalie Schick. Playing opposite Schick as the “goody two shoes” Prince Bobby is locally famous musician Jeff Gurule.
The story takes place in the 1920s, as a prince and princess are set to get married. Bobby and Silvalinda’s wedding plans are challenged by the evil-doing of perennial Squirrel Cage villain David Novell’s character, the hideously disdainful Monsieur Bourguignon, who kidnaps the princess with the help of his henchman, Escargot.
Prince Bobby has to get through the Forest of No Return where there are witches, gypsies, fairies and many more creatures who try to stop him.
A talented supporting cast promises to fill the stage with music and fun as the hilarious story unfolds.
Doors open at the North Fork School’s Kennedy Hall at 6:30 p.m., with the show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children 12 and under, and $20 for the immediate family. The show is sponsored by Squirrel Cage Theatre Co.
There will be a raffle, and desserts, snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Everyone is invited to come out and support these industrious and talented students. For more information, call 559-877-2129.
Cast of Silvalinda:
Sandye Gilpin Black