A Final Bow to the Cast and Crew of Parkland’s Production of Tuck Everlasting


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Caedyn Lipovsky, News/Editorial Editor

School closing this March left many athletes without their seasons, students without a safe space for learning, and performers without a stage. 

The Parkland 2020 spring musical, Tuck Everlasting, originally scheduled for the week of April 15th, was abruptly canceled due to COVID-19, leaving many hardworking actors, crew members, and singers without their spring production. The musical Tuck Everlasting is based on the book written by Natalie Babbit, but is written for the stage by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle. The musical centers around Winnie Foster and the Tuck family. Concordtheatricals.com states that “eleven-year-old Winnie Foster yearns for a life of adventure beyond her white picket fence, but not until she becomes unexpectedly entwined with the Tuck Family does she get more than she could have imagined.” 

The musical was originally produced on Broadway. This years spring musical cast included Brycen Geiger as Jesse Tuck, Abigail Hill as Mae Tuck, Marcus Shin as Miles Tuck, Carter Sachse as Angus Tuck, Isabella Fedele as Winnie Foster, Shanyn Kaiser as The Man in the Yellow Suit, Paige Herman as the Mother, Emily Bachl as the Nana, August Gumer as Hugo, Robert Moore as Constable Joe, and Will Lynch as Thomas.  

Parkland senior, Isabella Fedele, the vice president of Parkland’s Performing Arts Club, who was supposed to play Winnie Foster, describes her as a “strong, feisty, and caring little girl.” Isabella is heavily involved in Parkland’s Performing Arts Club and was also involved in the fall play, Museum, playing Elizabeth Sorrow and Tink Soheim. In our conversation, she reminisced about this year’s productions. 

One of her favorite things about this year’s productions was how she was able to perform in the black box for the fall play, Museum. Fedele stated that “it gave the actors the ability to connect with the audience in a different way since they were only a few inches away. It was the first time the main stage show at Parkland was in the black box. I think every actor should have the privilege of performing in that kind of space.” Next year, she will be attending the University of Central Florida to study Musical Theatre BFA. 

The Performing Arts Club has put in a lot of effort for the last few months, and despite the production of Tuck Everlasting being canceled, Parkland Theatre advisor, Mr.Anonia, stated that they“were able to honor the cast, crew, and pit during their virtual opening number back in April.” 

Fedele states that “Like everyone else in the show, I’m deeply saddened that we had to end so quickly. I never thought that I wouldn’t get to take my last bow as a senior on the stage.” This statement most likely speaks for the entire hardworking production team for Parkland High School’s production of Tuck Everlasting