Mother Nature — which has already forced the cancellation of at least a half-dozen rehearsals — could throw a slippery wrench into four high-school opening nights set for 7 p.m., Thursday.
At Scarsdale’s Edgemont High School, fine-arts co-chair John Catoliato is drawing up various contingency plans for the first performance of “Urinetown.”
“We are trying our best to keep the opening night, which is also a fundraiser for the Edgemont Scholarship Council, on schedule for Thursday,” Catoliato said. “If weather forces Edgemont schools to be closed, but the conditions improve enough during the late morning, we hope to be able to open the campus for the show.”
At Kennedy Catholic in Somers, where the von Trapps are ready to climb every mountain, even if they’re slippery, in “The Sound of Music,” director Dana Merritt joked that the school’s nuns are praying that the forecast — which has most of the snow staying south — holds true.
“Father (Mark) Vaillancourt, our principal, said he would prefer that we stay with the opening night, but if we have to cancel we will add a matinee at 2 on Saturday,” Merritt said.
Harrison is ready to open “Damn Yankees” but couldn’t be blamed for hurling similar invectives at meteorologists if the opening is canceled by snow. If the snow stays south, Byram Hills theatergoers will be rewarded with a trip to “South Pacific,” where there’s “moonlight on the sand and sunlight on the sea.”
The schools are taking a wait-and-see approach and will likely make the opening-night call by midday Thursday. Check in at theater.lohudblogs.com or @peterkramer on Twitter for cancellation updates.