MAYVILLE – Disney’s “Descendants: the musical”, an adaptation of popular TV movies, will be presented this week by Chautauqua Lake High School.
The show follows the disturbing offspring of Disney’s most famous villains who are banished from the realm of Auradon. The children spend their entire lives on the Isle of the Lost until the Prince of Auradon offers them a chance for redemption by allowing them to attend his prep school.
One of the evil parents, Maleficent, sees the invitation as an opportunity to leave the island and take back her power. The four children must decide if they will follow his project or if they will learn to be good.
“Children grew up with this expectation that they were evil,” said Jennifer Davis, Music Director of Chautauqua Lake. “But they realize that they are not defined by who their parents are. They can make choices for themselves and be who they want to be. If it’s different, that’s okay.
“Descendants” introduces all-new characters alongside classics such as Beauty and the Beast, Cruella de Vil and the Fairy Godmother. The show also features fun and catchy songs from the movies, including “Rotten to the core” and “The good is the new bad. “
Last year’s production ended days before COVID-19 closed school buildings in New York state. For this year’s musical, the cast and crew had to make changes due to the pandemic. In addition to social distancing on stage, students also wear roomy singer masks.
“There is a duty and a desire to make it as safe as possible for students while having the challenge of staying true to the art form. “ according to Davis. “It helps us prioritize what’s most important. We want to create something together. We want to share it with people. So, wearing a mask that protects us and protects others is achievable because there are other ways to be expressive. “
She added, “Theater, by nature, is so flexible. There is always a solution.
The production will be broadcast live on Saturday, June 5 at 7 p.m. Tickets for the online performance are available at www.clake.org or on the District’s Facebook page. An in-person performance will take place in the school auditorium on Friday, June 4 and is limited to family members of cast and crew due to COVID-19 restrictions.