The play is CT-A’s LINK production of the season and will have one family performance on Sunday, Nov. 12, at the Corinth Coliseum Civic Center, followed by two days of school performances on Nov. 13 and 14.
The play’s director is Journey McCalister, a Corinth High School graduate who earned her Bachelors in Fine Arts degree at Blue Mountain College. As an actress, McCalister is also a CT-A veteran of many productions.
Pocahontas will be the second CT-A production directed by McCalister, who directed "The Reluctant Dragon" during the 2014-15 season.
The director said cast selections were difficult for the Pocahontas 30 to 35-member cast as there are so many talented young people in the area.
“A lot of people auditioned, but I couldn’t cast everyone so I went with experience first,” said McCalister.
She pointed out that first timers are a risk because one never knows how they will react when standing in front of a live audience for the first time. She said she considered several other traits such as personality and presentation, but even the quiet ones could be top-runners, depending on how well they read their lines.
She was able to cast parts as Jamestown civilians and indians to provide more stage experience and opportunity for young actors.
“They are all really great. I am blessed to have such great actors and actresses to work with for Pocahontas,” said McCalister.
Cast selections are completed and rehearsals have begun. McCalister said the funniest thing she has encountered so far is the belief that "Legend of Pocahontas" play is like the animated film.
“All of the kids thought this was the Disney version and so they wanted to know about the romance part,” she said, with a chuckle.
She explained "Legend of Pocahontas" is about the difficulties the Jamestown settlers suffered. They needed food and Captain John Smith goes to the Indian village to ask the Algonquin Chief Powhatan for food and weapons.
“He wants to build a relationship with the Chief, but they don’t want to be friends with them ... it’s not the love story. It’s really about family and friendships and it talks about that in the play,” McCalister said.
The cast for "Legend of Pocahontas" includes Pocahontas — Lorelai Sellers; John Smith — Niklas Harvell; Chief Powhatan — Caleb Henson; Thundercloud — McCayden Marlar; Wordspinner — Shahrazad Shahin; Spirit of Mother Earth — Rachael Hayes; Jeremy — Jacob Webb; Brave Eagle — Ben Strickland; Esther — Jerah Bivens; Thomas — Will Senf; Mercy — Olivia Spencer; Aunt Morning Star — Neeley Hight; Little Running Rabbit — Lily Caitlin Wilhite; Raven — Autumn Duckworth; Squirrel — McKinley Voyles; Wolf — Jacob Gallardo; Happy She Walks — Alyssa Settlemires; Charity — AK Logue; Margaret — Scarlett Sanders; Barbara — Paige Davis; Carolina — Ella Mills and Indians and Jamestown civilians: Selah Essary, Emilyn Harvell,, Audree Butler, Adrian McKee, Saydee Marlar, Trinity Marlar, Shyloh Fields, Maleigha Voyles, Marleigh Brooks, Kiley Ainsworth, Nick Bryant Webb, Madeline Brooks and Ella Grace Kinney.