Gunnery debuts 'Fairy Tale Ending'

The Gunnery in Washington recently presented the U.S. premier of "Fairy Tale Ending: The Big Bad Family Musical."

The play was performed at the school the weekend of Feb. 20-22.

An extra special performance for young children was staged on Feb. 22.

Opening night provided the cast with a special treat, a letter of congratulations from the creators.

"You are presenting the world `in the wild' premiere of our show," the letter read. "For that, we are deeply grateful. Although there will likely be many, many productions to follow -- in fact, we already have seven more in negotiation for the next year alone -- you will always be the very first company (other than the creators) to present `Fairy Tale Ending.'

"In recognition of that important fact, we've added a credit with your names to the official version of the script and score, which will be seen by anyone who licenses the show in the future."

Created for and first produced by the Toronto Youth Theater in 2008, the musical was written by Kieran McMillan and Jeremy Hutton.

McMillan described this story on as "A topsy-turvy yet touching tale of a young girl coming to grips with loss and the reality of growing up."

"Jill questions a lineup of characters about the sudden changes occurring in the fairy tales she used to read with her Grandma," McMillan's description reads.

The cast included Jenna Lee as Jill; Tim Cervera as the Big Bad Wolf, Laura Van Tartwijk as Goldilocks and Lexi Nanavaty as the Troll, all of whom sang lead solos.

Performers included Ethan March, Alex Lotco, Morgan Small, Nick Weinstein, Max Italiaander, Brendan Vejseli, Jee Woo Chung, Kelsey Dobler, Regan Butler, Ollie Williams, Jack Einbinder, Henry Gough, Sam Salerno, Skylar Cluett, Helen Lu, Jamie Lamy, Eva Jones, Kat Carey, Claire Geagan, Colin Riley, Cheryl Liang.

The crew included stage manager Sean Dowd, lighting designer Matt Minicucci and sound engineer Zoe Cameron.

Alex Cornell, John Cho, Skyler Clark, Yuichi Fujikawa, Andrew Hamilton, Sam Hemmingstad, Nick Ireland, Minki Kim, Jake Mandl and Nick Moniz were responsible for set construction.

Performing Arts Chairwoman Jennifer Wojcik and Elizabeth Hawley were the co-directors of the musical.

Andy Richards was set designer and construction director, Oksana Protenic was music director and Antony Cefala was technical director.