Stopped by Stepinac High School yesterday on a blindingly sunny day that made the environs of the Major Bowes Theater seem even cooler and darker than usual.
Everything was a work in progress as the stage crew continued to build and the students milled about chatting.
High above it all hangs the famous chandelier, the one that figures prominently in the action of “Phantom.”
(Can it be four years ago that I followed Nyack’s historic production of “Phantom”? I guess the calendar doesn’t lie.)
Stepinac is an all-boys school that drafts ringers from all over to play the female roles in their standard-setting musicals. Last year’s Metro winner for female performance went to Emily Schlotman, a senior at White Plains High School, for her performance as Belle in Stepinac’s “Beauty and the Beast.”
This year, the coveted role of Christine Daae went to Nicole Heney, a junior at Blind Brook high school, who lives in Rye Brook. Playing the comic Carlotta is another Rye Brook girl, Samantha Kenny, a senior at The Ursuline School in New Rochelle.
I got a chance to speak with Albert Stanaj (pronounced stuh-NIGH), the Stepinac senior who I remember as Robert Martin, the blindfolded rollerskating fool in “The Drowsy Chaperone” a couple of years ago. Last year, Albert played the Beast in “Beauty and the Beast” and this year he plays the same role, albeit set to Andrew Lloyd Webber and not Alan Menken.
Enjoy the Running Lines video I shot yesterday at Stepinac: