Knox Theatre presents at least two full productions each season. These productions afford students the opportunity to apply their skills in performing arts to the demanding challenges of presenting live theatre before a packed audience. Working with the same drive, discipline, and commitment to excellence as Varsity athletes, our actors and technicians receive accolades from the audience as well as from their peers.
Our 2017-2018 season featured three productions: The Boys Next Door, a poignant comedy about a social worker managing a group home for four mentally challenged adult men; Fiddler on the Roof JR, an adapted version of the classic musical presented by our Middle School Company; and Dogfight, a contemporary musical drama about the power of compassion. Click on the tab below to learn more about each production.
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Book by Peter Duchan
Music and lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Based on the Warners Bros. film and screenplay by Bob Comfort
Directed and designed by Patrick Barry
May 18 & 19, 2018
A hit contemporary Off-Broadway musical, Dogfight tells the story of three Marine buddies (The Three Bees) who pursue one last wild night of debauchery in 1963 San Francisco before heading off to Vietnam. They play a game and make cruel bets to see who can bring the ugliest girl to a party they call the "dogfight." When Eddie Birdlace meets a diner waitress and aspiring singer-songwriter named Rose, the game begins to change. Despite her inexperience with the world, Rose shows remarkable strength of character when she learns Eddie's real purpose for asking her out.
When Eddie sees how his actions have hurt her, he begins his attempt to set things right, knowing that Rose's strength represents something deeper: a true passion and innate understanding of humanity. When he returns from Vietnam, broken and lost, he hears her voice amidst the cacophony of PTSD pain. Her compassion allows him finally to mourn the loss of his friends when she welcomes him Home.
The Boys Next Door
By Tom Griffin
Directed and designed by Patrick Barry
December 8 & 9, 2017
In this poignant comedy, a social worker named Jack Palmer struggles to move on from a job managing a group home for four mentally challenged adult men: Lucien, a middle-aged black man who loves to checkout library books despite his inability to read; Arnold, a nervous man who worries constantly about the rugs and regularly threatens to move to Russia; Norman, an overweight romantic who loves his job at the doughnut shop so much that he brings "work" home with him to enjoy later; and Barry, a mild schizophrenic who believes he is a golf pro.
"You see, the problem is that they never change. I change, my life changes, my crises change. But they stay the same. Arnold is Arnold and Norman is
Norman and Lucien is Lucien and keys are keys and doughnuts
Despite his worries about how the men will fare without him, Jack understands that his life leads in a different direction. He will miss them, but they will always have someone. An entertaining, thoughtful, and sometimes difficult play to watch, The Boys Next Door afforded our theatre students the opportunity to explore personal issues and challenges in a way that helped them learn to develop their empathy for others.
Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.
Book by Joseph Stein
Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Directed by Patrick Barry with assistance from Jennifer Christensen and Grace Fastenberg
February 28, 2018
This abbreviated version of the landmark Broadway musical sent us back in time to the village of Anatevka, a settlement of imperial Russia, just before the revolution in 1905. In the story Tevye the Dairyman (Aaron Bogart) and his wife Golde (Kateryna Peresvyetova) struggle to maintain their Jewish culture as internal longings and outside influences threaten their sacred traditions. When his strong-willed daughter Tzeitel (Vasiliki Tassiopoulos) falls in love, choosing to marry the poor tailor Motel (Michael Giaquinto) over the wealthy butcher Lazar Wolf (Sijie “David” Zhou), Tevye allows tradition to bend, but only so far.
The cast also featured Faith Curth, Kirill Fomin, Ryan Grigoletto, Stefanie Giuliano, Isabella Halpin, Sofia Heimbold, Elsa Katz, Hunter Lacy, Nicole Lazo, Demetria Lutz, Declan Morrell-Smith, Katrina Pugni, Giovanni Pugni, Caroline Rothemich, and Joshua Williams. Bravi!
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