Bishop Donahue to Stage A Celebration of Disney

Donahue Celebrates Disney is the theme for this year’s Bishop Donahue High School’s spring musical, to be be held Friday and Saturday in the Raymond Jablinske Gymnasium.

On Friday the show will begin at 6:30 p.m., with Queen of Queens candidates performing their individual talents to become the contestant to represent the school in the OVAC competition in July.

Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Saturday the doors will open at 6:15 for the 7 p.m. show.

“The students are challenged every year to learn a genre of music they are not familiar with,” said show producer Loretta Metz. “They work hard to put their own individual stamp on the songs they choose. This year the students are having a ball with songs from their favorite Disney movies.”

Songs chosen this year include “The Cinderella Work Song”, “When You Wish Upon a Star”, “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” and “Circle of Life.”

The show will be a different experience this year as Mike Oliver, who was co-producer of the show and in charge of all music, has retired, Metz said.

“Mike is missed greatly for the sheer talent and expertise he brought to us for the many years he did the show,” he said. “We are very fortunate to have Zach Harvey step in and pick up the reins. The success of the show is a collaborative effort, as Mary Beth Ray, who heads the art department, overseeing the work of students creating the artwork needed for the set.”

Harvey, as technology chairman, has his video production class create the senior class tribute.

Dr. Melinda Kreisberg, a professor at West Liberty University, assists with preparation of the performers and organization of props and choreography.

Metz said the success of the show is also helped by special group of people.

“Our parents sacrifice much family time every Sunday so our students can be at practice and they are very generous in providing the costumes and the refreshments,” she said.