New Castle News

New Castle

March 6, 2013

Photo Gallery, Story: ‘Ease on down road’ to see ‘The Wiz’

NEW CASTLE — When the curtain goes up Friday night at New Castle High School, Matt Priscilla will be attending his first play.

By the way, he also will be starring in it.

Priscilla, a senior, is cast as the scarecrow in “The Wiz,” a musical based on “The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz” by L. Frank Baum.

Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5  for students.

“It’s been great fun,” said Priscilla, who decided to try out this year. He didn’t audition for a particular part, leaving that up to the director.

“I didn’t go to last year’s play (“High School Musical”), but all the kids were talking about it,” he said.

While he has never before acted, Matt has performed before an audience. He is a guitarist and singer for an alternative pop/punk rock band called “Drop The Act.”

Karmin Dando and Joye Piscitella are directing their fifth spring musical at New Castle High. “Matt had a phenominal audition,” Dando said. “He’s so talented and embodies the part of the scarecrow.”

Priscilla is playing the role made famous by the late Michael Jackson in the 1978 film version.

“That’s a little intimidating,” said Priscilla, who plans to study business and finance next year at Robert Morris University. “I like how my character is portrayed. He’s intelligent, but doesn’t know it.”

Priscilla said singing “I was Born on the Day before Yesterday” is a personal highlight of the play.

While Priscilla is a newcomer, Allyson Hood is a decorated veteran.

The outgoing Hood, also a senior, believed she was more suited to playing the role of Evillene, the bad witch, but ended up at the other end of the spectrum, portraying Dorothy

Dando said Hood is comfortable in almost any role. “She’s played just about every thing you can imagine,” Dando said. “Allyson is in every scene and she is an incredible actress.”

“I always like to make the best first impression I can,” said Hood, who wants to major in communications and lists Point Park, Kent State and Slippery Rock as her tops college choices.

As an underclassman, Hood said she went to more experience performers to seek advice. “Now they are coming up to me,” she said. Hood said her favorite song in the production is “Home.”

“I love this show because the music is so much fun,” said Dando.

There were some challenges, too, like figuring out how to melt a witch and putting students on their knees and on wheels to protray Munchkins.

The response during audition was so large that 50 students could not be accomodated and had to be turned away.

“That’s never happened before,” Dando said.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
New Castle
  • Taggart.jpg Arsonists damage New Castle’s football field

    With the New Castle football team just days away from the start of practice, vandals have hit Taggart Stadium. Someone set fire to artificial turf at the stadium and damaged a blocking sled the team uses in practice.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • school.jpg New Castle hires information technology director

    The New Castle school district has a new information technology director. At its meeting this week the board hired Emily Sanders of Cranberry Township to fill the position, left vacant by the retirement of Beth Barber.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • NC_Hoops.jpg Former Lady 'Canes stars reunite for tour of Europe

    Ryenn Micaletti and Abby Allen are headed to Europe. Micaletti and Allen — both members of the 2007 WPIAL Class AAAA girls basketball championship team — have joined forces with News Release Basketball to spend nearly three weeks in Germany and Belgium later this summer playing basketball and helping run clinics.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • High school registration scheduled at New Castle

    Registration has been set for new students in grades seven through 12 moving into the New Castle school district.

    July 15, 2014

  • Police.jpg Couple accused of contacting rape victim

    A man accused of raping a woman at gunpoint allegedly tried to get her to drop the charges.

    July 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • festival1.jpg Break out the bubbly

    New Castle may be the Fireworks Capital of America, but Friday night bubbles filled the air.

    July 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • wampum1.jpg State title ties: Wampum, New Castle teams celebrate incredible success

    Their spectaular success stories are separated by more than a half century. But they sat side-by-side Thursday morning, sharing more than just breakfast at Jata’s Diner, a familiar meeting spot for former Wampum High School players. 

    July 5, 2014 4 Photos

  • Hooker.tiff Male Athlete of the Year: New Castle's Malik Hooker

    Once in a while, an athlete comes along who redefines the very word. Then, there’s Malik Hooker. The New Castle High graduate took athleticism to a level rarely seen before in the area on the basketball court and on the football turf.

    July 4, 2014 1 Photo 1 Story

  • school.jpg New Castle board adopts budget despite uncertainty

    The New Castle school board adopted its 2014-15 budget Monday but may have to re-open it next week. The $5.4 million budget, introduced in May, has no tax increase and will not tap into the fund balance. Taxes remain at 17.72 mills.

    July 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • school.jpg District to sell closed schools, contents

    The New Castle school district will advertise for proposals to buy its three just-closed elementary schools.

    June 26, 2014 1 Photo

House Ads
Poll

Do you talk to yourself when you're alone?

Yes, but I’m basically just thinking out loud.
No, that would be weird.
I don’t know. Next time I’m alone, I’ll ask.
     View Results