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Musical By Elton John and Tim Rice “Aida” Closes Off Theater Season

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The thriving Cape Henlopen Theater Academy closed off their performance season of the 2016-17 school year with the musical “Aida” on Sunday, May 7th. Starring Senior Tasha-Shanelle Hopkins as Aida and Senior Adrian D’Antoni as Radames, this haunting tale of star-crossed lovers perfectly topped off the season, following the fall play “Romeo and Juliet”.

The musical takes place in Ancient Egypt, where the Egyptian and Nubian kingdoms are at great conflict. A group of Nubians are captured by Egyptian soldiers. Among them is Aida, the daughter of the Nubian King Amonasro (Junior Tyrese Riddles). Radames orders that the Nubians be enslaved, but takes particular interest in Aida. At this time, Aida’s social ranking as Nubian Princess is unknown, because she blends in with the other Nubians.  Aida and Radames’ relationship escalates throughout the show, until the two have fallen hopelessly in love with one another.

At the same time, pressure increases on Radames to marry Amneris (Senior Savannah Shockley) from his father Zoser (Junior Forrest Carle). As daughter of the fatally-ill Pharaoh (Sophomore Dylan Baldwin), Amneris is expected to marry Radames quickly so that Radames may take over as the new Pharaoh after the old Pharaoh dies. During all this turmoil, Amonasro is captured and Aida’s ranking is revealed to Radames. In an attempt to free Aida, Radames organizes an escape for her and her father, but is caught by Egyptian soldiers. The Nubian King is able to escape, but both Aida and Radames are sentenced to death for treason. The two die in the same tomb, promising to reunite in another world when they are reincarnated. The final scene of the show depicts Aida and Radames finding each other again as they had sworn, in a museum set in the present time.

The cast of the show was very proud to be opening their production to the public. Tyrese Riddles, Junior who played Nubian King Amonasro said, “My experience with this show was amazing. In Aida there was less drama than the other shows so it went a lot smoother. It was a good experience in comparison with other shows I’ve done.”

Sophomore Nate Linton who played an Egyptian Soldier added, “It was so much fun learning the dances and singing with the cast. Since this is my first musical it’s a lot different from the plays I’ve done before. I think we’re (the cast) a lot closer with each other after Aida.”

Filled with bone-chilling ballads of love and rhythmic tribal dances, the show is an excellent display of the diverse talent the Cape Henlopen Theater Academy has to offer.

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