Pleasanton Theatre students shine in “The Castaways”

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 15 and 16, the Pleasanton ISD Theatre Department showcased their fine acting and singing skills in the musical, “The Castaways.” Directed by Theatre Arts teacher and One Act Play director Sonia M. Rodriguez, the performances took place at the Douglas R. Williamson Performing Arts Center.

The talented cast for the play ranged from ages 7-18, with students from Pleasanton Elementary, Intermediate, Junior High and High School. Adrian Aguilar served as music director. 

“The Castaways” is a musical play by Michael and Jill Gallina grounded in historical facts. Rodriguez explained that the story is delivered through flashbacks and song about the struggles of the children on the streets of New York City in the early 1900s. Ultimately, they are taken to the Midwest and they find families to love them.

Actors in order of apperance were: Elijah Savala, Libby Sanchez, Danielle Rodriguez, Savannah Hensell, Claudia Acuff, Sabrina Rodulfo, Heaven Marquez, Dylan Lageschulte, Angelyn Oldham, Julia Avery, Adrian Sanchez, Trent Osborne, Xavier Norris, Karina Martinez, Isaac Garcia, Katie Avery, Noah Ramos, Brian Avery, Cameron Fischer, Maddison Fleetwood, Taylor Marriott, Kylie Avery, Thomas Lopez, John Chapa and Andrea Alviar.

Comprising the crew were: Phillip Ochoa, Gigi Gonzales, Sarah Hanzalik, Neviz Rodriguez, Wesley Harris, Nathaniel Gonzales, Xochilt Cristobal, Anahli Martinez, Iris Lang and Rachel Black. 

Production crew members were: Publicity- Neviz Rodriguez, Joseph Villanueva, Cesario Aguero, Erminia Bosquez, Xochilt Cristobal, Ethan Johnson and Wesley Harris; Costume- Anahli Martinez, Iris Lang, Amanda Cashmer, Viviana Huron, Chloe Rodriguez, Yaretzy Mendez, Xochilt Cristobal and Mackenzi McNair; Scenery- James West, Wesley Harris, Viviana Huron, Marisa Castor, Nathaniel Gonzales, Heaven Rodriguez, Sarah Alarcon, Robert Medrano, Ramon Navarro and Clint Mendoza. 

 Special thanks to: Dr. Matthew Mann, Twila Guajardo, Juan Quiñonez, Alberto Macias, Daniel Escobar, Angie Bazan, Ralph Unger, Ron Stewart, Marcella Garza, Sarah Evans, Mary Howard, Lorene Tullos, Jennifer Garcia, Robert Leonhardt, Rebecca Lopez, Eileen Grose, Adrian Aguilar, Deanna Higginbotham, Mike Maxwell, Suzy Peña, Amanda Hardy, Debra Rzeznik, Annette Salinas, Pleasanton ISD, Wal-Mart and all the parents of the cast and crew. 

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