Grandview High School students to stage 'The Apple Tree'


After naming cast members for "The Apple Tree," Grandview High School Drama Advisor Melanie Manship shares guidelines and expectations for the spring musical.

GRANDVIEW - Auditions have been held and the cast has been selected for Grandview High School Drama Club's spring production of "The Apple Tree."

Drama advisor Melanie Manship shared, "It's a Broadway musical...something GHS hasn't done before..producing three plays in one, dealing with male and female relationships."

The first of the three plays in the musical is "The Diaries of Adam and Eve," based on a short story written by Mark Twain.

Manship said the play is comedic and promises to provide the audience lots of laughter.

"There are a few surprising twists and turns typical of Mark Twain's writings, but this shows his humor," she shared.

Cast as Adam is Milagro Castilleja. Rudy Gomez will play the role of the snake, and Marlee Andrews will be Eve.

The second play in the musical is "The Lady or the Lion." This portion of "The Apple Tree" is based on Frank Stockton's famous short story, leaving the ending up to the audience.

"It's set in a barbaric kingdom," Manship stated, saying Josie Harrington is cast in the role of the barbaric princess. Her forbidden love interest, Sanjar, will be performed by Castilleja, and King Aarik is being portrayed by Steven Mahre. The singing narrator, also known as the balladeer, will be Ranelle Kalaw.

"In the play, King Aarik doesn't want his daughter the princess to marry below her station, which Sanjar is," Manship shared.

She said Sanjar is thrown into an arena containing two doors. Behind the first door is a tiger and behind the second is Maiden Nadjira (Briana Nettles-Biggs). The princess, however, must choose which door he will open, revealing whether he would be eaten or married off to Nadjira.

The final play is that of "Passionella," a soap opera version of Cinderella, according to Manship.

She said, "It's corny, but very humorous."

Andrews takes on the role of Ella, Prince Charming, a.k.a. Flip, will be portrayed by Chavez Espinoza, and Tolan Barrett takes on the narrator's duties. Mr. Fallible, Ella's employer, will be Gomez.

The cast is sure to delight audience members with the modern twist on a familiar tale, according to Manship.

The musical will be staged April 23, 24, 30 and May 1 at Grandview Middle School. All shows start at 7 p.m.

"And, it will be adjudicated by the Fifth Avenue Theatre of Seattle," Manship shared.

- Jennie McGhan can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email


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