Forbidden Love Focus Of Holy Cross’ ‘Aida’

November 12, 2017

Journey to the ancient world during Holy Cross High School’s production of “Aida.”

The show, with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, takes place Friday, Nov. 17, and Saturday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. at the high school, 501 E. Drinker St., Dunmore.

Based on Giuseppe Verdi’s opera of the same name, “Aida” tells the story of an enslaved Nubian princess who falls in love with an Egyptian soldier during a time when their countries are enemies. As their forbidden romance goes on, Aida must chose between her heart and her responsibility as her people’s leader.

Senior Amanda Alfano plays the title role, and senior Nick Cerep portrays the soldier and Aida’s love interest, Radames. Other cast members include senior Ashlynn Cox as Amneris, the Egyptian princess betrothed to Radames; senior Christina Shaffern as Nehebka, a Nubian slave and representative of the people to Aida; senior Megan Farrell as Mereb, a Nubian servant to Radames; senior Matt Cerep as Zoser, Radames’ father; junior Hunter Krieg as Pharaoh and Amneris’ father; and junior Will Craig as Amonasro, the Nubian king and Aida’s father.

“Aida” premiered on Broadway in 2000 and featured Michelle Williams, Toni Braxton, Idina Menzel and other notable performers during its run. It was nominated for five Tony awards that year and won the Grammy award for best musical show album.

Jillian Rojek is director and musical director, and Katie VonBergen is assistant director. Jackie Yamialkowski is choreographer. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors and are available at the door. For advance tickets, call the school at 570-346-7541.