In 2015, changes are afoot across the Lower Hudson Valley, where 64 high schools are looking to opening nights between now and May. There are new directors, new casts, one regional high-school premiere (“Loserville” at Ossining) and one musical that has never been produced by a high-school (“Billy Elliot” at Stepinac).
The season stretches from White Plains, with “The Wizard of Oz,” Feb. 6-8, to Stepinac’s “Billy Elliot,” running May 1 to 10.
If you can’t get enough theater, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a look at the season ahead, from all kinds of angles.
The season in full: An overview of the season, with highlights and perspective. (Which school is staging a musical about Bob Cratchit’s wife, in May?)
The season calendar: Who’s doing what, show by show, in chronological order from February to May. (You’ll want to bookmark this link, to plan your theatergoing travels.)
The Metro Awards add Putnam schools: For years, Putnam County schools have not been invited to take part in the Metropolitan High School Theater Awards, the Lower Hudson Valley equivalent of the Tony Awards for high-schoolers. That changes this year. On the Tonys front, a teacher will be given a Tony Award this year, to recognize the role educators play in molding the future of the form. (Find out how to nominate your teacher, and how to enter your school in the Metros.)
By the numbers: You’ll have multiple opportunities to see some shows, and some weekends are busier than others. (Find out which weekend has the mother lode of musicals: 18!)
The season in song: A Spotify playlist of the season to get you in the mood, from “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” (“Gypsy”) to “Merry Christmas, Maggie Thatcher” (“Billy Elliot”).
First up: White Plains takes the Yellow Brick Road. (With cast interviews, a photo gallery and a Running Lines video).
Follow the theater season on my “In the Wings” blog. And if you’re in a show and you see me at rehearsal, introduce yourself and let’s shoot a selfie together. Check out my Pinterest Arts Selfies board.