The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 10, 2006


In "One Brick at a Time," P. T. Barnum (Gene Delsener) watches as his wife Chairy (Lisa Yanofsky) directs the ensemble in the construction of Barnum's American Museum.

Barnum dazzles with color and song at Concord-Carlisle High School

In Barnum, the first spring musical directed by CCHS' new drama teacher George Kendall, Carlisle performers abound in roles both large and small. Sophomore Lisa Yanofsky shines as Chairy Barnum, P. T.'s wife. Eric Stengrevics struts his stuff as Tom Thumb and Noragh Devlin belts out her role as the Blues Singer. Melissa Judson is a triple-threat as a Beefeater, circus performer and dancer, and Oliver Bojanic is perfectly cast as Julius Goldschmidt, Jenny Lind's manager.

Other Carlisle cast members include: Jason Drinkwater, Phil Dumka, Danielle Judson, Lizz Oberg, Catherine O'Kelly, Maya Smith, Molly and Katie DeGuglielmo, Maia Reed and Amanda Caddell. Together with their Concord counterparts, these performers bring vibrant energy to Barnum.

An important component of Barnum's success is the pit orchestra, more than half of whom hail from Carlisle. This superior group is led by Al Dentino, CCHS band director. Their performance alone is worth the price of admission.

Ticket holders would be wise to arrive at the auditorium a little early in order to enjoy the P. T. Barnum exhibit on display in the high school lobby. Tickets are also available at the door for all remaining shows; Friday and Saturday, March 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 12 at 2:30 p.m. in the CCHS auditorium.

Lisa Yanofsky, who plays P. T. Barnum's wife Chairy, sings about her love of earthtones in "The Colors Of My Life."

Noragh Devlin as the Blues Singer sings "Black and White" as Barnum agrees to give up the color in his life.

One of Barnum's first sideshow attractions, Joice Heth (Hannah Rogal), claims to be 160 years old. To attract more paying customers, she is billed as George Washington's nurse. Here Rogal sings "Thank God I'm Old" for onlookers.

2006 The Carlisle Mosquito