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Gone With the Breeze
Gone With the Breeze
Valley Heights Journalism
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

This year the Valley Heights All School Play is putting on a parody of Gone With the WindGone With the Breeze. This musical includes a variety of parts including: lawyers, stars, and hillbillies. The production is to take place November 15th, 16th, and 17th at the Waterville Opera House.

Play Director and Valley Heights Theater Teacher, Lynette-Steele Coon, says “I think everyone should go out for the play at least once to see if they like it. If they’re interested, they should pursue it. It’s better to discover now than to wait until senior year.”

The play wouldn’t be complete without music. Valley Heights Music teacher, Kim Oatney, has been a major contributor to the All School Play for 28 years. She says that, “this year’s play has a wide variety of genres present in the music. From country to an Elvis-sounding track, each song has a fun twist to it. I’m excited for the play to start coming together, practicing both the music and choreography in one.”

Freshmen and seniors alike make up the cast. Freshman Donivan McClung says that, “I went out for the play because it sounded interesting and like something I’d like to try. Freshman year is all about trying something new, and the play is definitely something new.” Four year All School Play participant, Sam Vermetten, describes her experiences as, “the play has taught me a lot about time management. It requires a surprising amount of work. However, every practice, tech Saturday, and rehearsal is worth it on opening night. Some of my favorite high school memories took place during play practice or in the basement of the Opera House.”


The cast list is as follows:

Abigail Steinfort - Vicki Rawlins (perfect for the role of Jezebel O’Toole)

Aiden Nemecheck - Chester Houston (studio attorney)

Amanda Merril - Esther (stagehand)

Cameron Beardsley - Huckleberry Jones (film producer)

Catherine Toerber - Ethel Holt (Hollywood Film Columnist)

Cora Jones - Cindy Lou Harper (perfect for the role of Jezebel O’Toole)

Dakotah Gillig - Boy Reporter (media)

Donavin McClung - Beauregard Plantain (Cindy Lou’s boyfriend)

Emma Brungardt/ Michelle Sandoval - Betty (Jezebel O’Toole wannabe)

Emma Brungardt/ Michelle Sandoval - Eve (Jezebel O’Toole wannabe)

Emma Brungardt/ Michelle Sandoval - Gracie (Jezebel O’Toole wannabe)

Emma Toerber - Peggy Tempest (temperamental film star)

Emma Yungeberg - Beatrice Carrol (studio attorney, New York office)

Ethan Kenworthy - Lester (stagehand)

Haylee Whitson - Ruth Wintersole (film producer)

Jackson O’Toole - Rip Page (studio tour guide and actor wannabe)

Jeremy Neff - George Bramwell (young film director)

Josh Whelan - Freddie Dean (Peggy’s desperate Agent)

Kate Wanamaker - Wilhemina (George’s assistant)

Kaylee Skalla - Girl Reporter (media)

Kennedy Stevenson - Mitzi Dillaway (young screenwriter)

Maddy Vermetten - Flowerbelle Crouton (Magnolia Pageant Director)

Makenzie Joseph - Roxanne (studio receptionist)

Mydajah Little - Lucy Belle Bankhead (Author of Gone With the Breeze)

Sam Hardin - Daisy Lou Bowman (wannabe, hillbilly type)

Sam Vermetten - Joyce Edwards (Executive Secretary)

Sophie Brungardt - Regina Adair (Peggy’s Attorney)

Tyler Wagner - Monty Missouri (young actor) 

Article by Sam Hardin