Our Recent Production History

2017-2018
The Boys Next Door
Fiddler on the Roof JR
Dogfight

2016-2017
The 39 Steps
Cabaret

2015-2016
The Glass Menagerie
Guys and Dolls JR
Kiss Me, Kate

Our Honored Students

E. Janice Zingale Performer of the Year
Daniel Leach (2018)
Nikolaos Cazacu (2017)
Kiara Pettiway (2016)

The Gypsy Prize
Best performance by an ensemble member
in a musical theatre production

Ian Torres (2018)
Kareem Holmes, Jr. (2017)
Antonio Marrone (2016)

The Linda Shepard Cup
Best performance in a musical theatre production
Yutan Jia (2018)
Daniel Leach (2017)
Andy Guptar (2016)

The Jane Bagley Award
Best performance in a play
Connor Free (2018)
Nicholas Lazo (2017)
Nicholas Lazo (2016)

The Elsa Trophy
Given to the student who sacrifices the most for the school dramatic performances
Nikolaos Cazacu (2018)
Jingan Zhao (2017)
Elizaveta Vostokova (2016)

The Terri Rose Richard III Award
Outstanding contribution to technical theatre
Rami Salam (2018)
Amy Adams (2017)
Jingan Zhao (2016)

The Oberon
Recognizes outstanding potential
in the performing arts

Victoria Bove (2018)
Mateja Markovic (2017)
Daniel Leach (2016)

Ian Torres PG'18 with The Gypsy Prize, donated by Mr. Patrick Barry in 2016 to recognize the achievement of ensemble members.

Our History

2017-2018

Dogfight


Dogfight

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.

"You're the ugly one. Not me."

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

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
are 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.



2016-2017

Cabaret

Cabaret

Book by Joe Masteroff
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Directed and designed by Patrick Barry

May 5 & 6, 2017

One of the first successful concept musicals, Cabaret tells the story of the rise of Nazism through the frame of the Kit Kat Klub, a seedy, decadent club in early 1930s Berlin. When American novelist Cliff Bradshaw meets Nazi sympathizer Ernst Ludwig on a late train from Paris, his life begins an adventure that will lead him into the darkest corners of the human condition.

"You mean politics? What has that got to do with us?"

Though a closeted homosexual, Cliff begins a relationship with cabaret singer Sally Bowles, believing he can make himself "normal" by living the lie of a heterosexual romance. When Sally becomes pregnant, they behave like a happy expectant father and mother. However, as the Nazis rise to power and begin to assert their cultural and political influence, the couple must ultimately face the truth about themselves and their prospects as parents. Following a midnight trip to the abortionist, Sally returns to the cabaret; Cliff returns to America, but not without first allowing himself to embrace his sexuality in the arms of the mysterious Emcee.

The 39 Steps

The 39 Steps

By Patrick Barlow
Based on the novel by John Buchan
and the film by Alfred Hitchcock

Directed and designed by Patrick Barry

November 11 & 12, 2016

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This 2-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of 4), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance!


"There's a man in Scotland. Only a matter of days, perhaps hours, before the secret is out of the country! I tell you these men will stop at nothing. They act quickly. Quickly! QUICKLY!"

In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she's a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called "The 39 Steps" is hot on the man's trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!





2015-2016

Kiss Me, Kate

Kiss Me, Kate

Book by Sam and Bella Spewack
Music and lyrics by Cole Porter

Directed and designed by Patrick Barry

May 6 & 7, 2016

Kiss Me, Kate is the uproarious backstage story of a troupe of actors trying to stage a flirtatiously funny musical adaptation of Shakespeare's battle of the sexes The Taming of the Shrew. When an egomaniacal actor-director stars opposite his Hollywood movie star ex-wife but flirts with a young cabaret star-turned "serious actress," sparks fly and tempers roar. But it's all's well that ends well with this bunch, as two eloquent gunmen hilariously remind us in the show-stopping "Brush Up Your Shakespeare."


"Brush up your Shakespeare. Start quoting him now. Brush up your Shakespeare, and the women you will wow. If she then wants an 'all-by-herself' night, let her rest every 'leventh or Twelf' Night. Brush up your Shakespeare and they'll all kow-tow."

In Shakespeare's original play, Petruchio (the man) "tames the shrew," his wife Katherine. He teaches her to obey her husband and show reverence to him. In the backstage story of Kiss Me, Kate, the Hollywood actress Lilli Vanessi (the woman) tames the man! Fred Graham allows himself to reveal his emotional vulnerability in his heart-breaking reprise of "So in Love." In the Finale, the combination of the two stories reveals the theme of this great musical. All relationships involve conflict and compromise, but as Shakespeare wrote in The Taming of the Shrew, "where two raging fires meet together, they do consume the thing that feeds their fury."


Lilli Vanessi is "So in Love" in this scene from Cole Porter's 1949 musical masterpiece Kiss Me, Kate.


Petruchio has "come to wive it wealthily in Padua" in this humorous scene from Kiss Me, Kate.




Guys and Dolls JR

Guys and Dolls JR

Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser

Directed and designed by Patrick Barry

February 24 & 25, 2016

One of the greatest musical comedies of all time, Guys and Dolls has delighted audiences since 1950 with its mixture of low-brow content and high-brow personality. In this specially adapted one-hour version, gambler Sky Masterson woos a mission doll named Sarah Brown in order to win a bet with a humorously shady gambler named Nathan Detroit. Although he's a world-traveling, sophisticated gambler, Sky surprises himself by falling in love with the mission doll. When she feels ambivalent about her attachment to a man of the streets, Sarah Brown teams up with "world-famous fiancee" Miss Adelaide. Together they hatch a plan to "marry the man today and change his ways...tomorrow." The cast and technicians were all students in grades six, seven, and eight. They learned a lot and had a great time performing in a specially constructed thrust stage.

The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie

By Tennessee Williams

Directed and designed by Patrick Barry

November 5 & 6, 2015

Tennessee Williams' autobiographical play is an intensely personal, poetic drama about one man's attempt to overcome the guilt he feels for having pursued his own dreams at the expense of his sister's security. It is a classic American drama representative of mid-century confessional literature.


"The play is memory. Being a memory play, it is dimly lighted. It is sentimental. It is not realistic."

In keeping with the ideas expressed by Tom Wingfield as the Narrator of the play, our production design reflected a minimalist approach. It featured a "fire escape" not unlike a confessional in a church. When the play began and Tom's memories came to life, the spare, suggestive furniture was uncovered. The portieres parted. And Amanda's stern, maternal attention to her precious children could be heard in her admonitions about how to eat properly. A haunting drama about familial ties and personal passions, The Glass Menagerie remains of the great "quiet" plays in American theatre. Quiet, but powerful.