I’ve been popping in on rehearsals this week:
Saturday, I was at North Salem High, where their “Grease” will kick off the busy musical season. (See the story in Friday’s paper. I’ll put up a link here, too.)
Monday, I was at Croton-Harmon High School, for two reasons:
First, I got to drop in on a rehearsal of Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline,” which the school’s Shakespeare club, Legitimate Edgar, is mounting this weekend. Pretty wild stuff, with a chain-saw duel and a dance/battle set to the overture of “West Side Story.” Very cool.
Right next door at Croton-Harmon High Ã¢â‚¬â€ in Mr. Carrington’s band room Ã¢â‚¬â€ was the first rehearsal of “The Boyfriend,” the school’s big musical, hitting the same stage March 23, 24, 25, 31, April 1 and 2. I chatted with Lauren Krumeich, who’ll play one of the lead roles, about starting the journey to opening night. (More on that, later.)
Tomorrow night, it’s off to Rye Neck High School to witness the transformation of high-schoolers into tap-dancers. They’ve been learning tap for months, preparing for the tap-heavy “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” which runs March 15, 16, and 17 at the school in Mamaroneck. Pat Rinello’s kids put on a heck of a show. Should be fun.
Friday night, I’m at Irvington High School, to talk with some of the cast of “The Music Man,” including a clique-warping group of athletes who don’t mind singing and dancing in the name of fun. That show runs March 9, 10, 11, 16, and 17. (I admit a soft-spot for this musical in particular, as I played one of the kids in the band at a New Hampshire summer-stock company when I was in 6th grade and Marcellus as a just-out-of-college kid in southern New Hampshire many years later. … Shipoopi, Shipoopi! Shipoopi! The girl who’s hard to get!)
Drop me a line and tell me what your school’s up to. Upload some rehearsal shots at www.lohud.com/snap and I’ll link to them.