A lot of excitement for high-school-musical kids across the Lower Hudson Valley this morning as the nominations for the 2013 Metropolitan High School Theater Awards are just a few hours away. At 4 p.m., producer Danielle Rudess and I will sit down in the rehearsal studio at Helen Hayes Youth… Read More →
High School Arts
Victoria Fried has only been at photography for three years, but the 18-year-old Ossining High School senior is certainly making up for lost time, compiling an award-winning portfolio of images that dare you to look away. In an age where digital photography promises the immediate payback of rapid-fire shutters delivering… Read More →
Changing my musicals hat into my high-school-arts hat (a top hat for a fedora) to chat with Tori Fried, a senior at Ossining High School who is old school when it comes to photography. She shoots on actual film. Remember film? Tori does, and prefers it to digital photography for… Read More →
Where to go after the show? Every high-school production has their go-to diner or spot. (On Broadway, it’s Joe Allen or Angus McIndoe’s.) At Mahopac, after “The Sound of Music” last weekend, the cast and crew headed for the Olympic Diner to laugh, get a bit too loud and… Read More →
Lexie Frare’s days these days are fueled by Venti Starbucks coffees with soy milk, bags of candy and adrenaline. It’s a frenetic time for Frare, who is choreographing three youth-theater shows — “Carrie” and “Fame” in Rockland and “Godspell” in White Plains — while directing and choreographing her first high-school… Read More →
Adam Santagata has played young men in love before. The Walter Panas High School senior was Freddy Eynsford-Hillin “My Fair Lady” last year, head over heels with Eliza Doolittle to the point where he was even infatuated with her address. Last fall, he was Rolf, the 17-going-on-18 Austrian telegraph delivery… Read More →
Dropped by rehearsal for “Footloose” at Alexander Hamilton High School in Elmsford with photographer Ricky Flores. Thanks to producer Rob Jacoby and director-choreographer Lexie Frare and the kids for their hospitality. Here’s a look at what we saw, through Ricky’s lens.
They’re both rebels in leather jackets, but New Rochelle High School junior A.J. Salvaggio, 16, sees one big difference between Danny Zuko — the greaser with a soft spot in “Grease,” whom he played at The Ursuline School — and Jonny Warner, the character he plays in “Zombie Prom” on… Read More →
Made my second trip to Walter Panas this calendar year, without a photographer, so I took out the ol’ Nikon and tried my best. Director Jim Filippelli apologized for the lack of character shoes on the kids, but this was a rehearsal and “The Music Man” is not a show… Read More →
Dropped by Walter Panas for my second musical visit of the school year. Last fall, it was “The Sound of Music.” This spring, it’s “The Music Man.” I joked with director Jim Filippelli that he could have just done one production—“The Sound of Music Man”—but he wasn’t buying it. Here’s… Read More →
Dropped by Alexander Hamilton High School the other day to catch director Lexie Frare and her team working with kids from grades 7 through 12, and two elementary-school siblings who were there watching their sisters rehearse. Hamilton’s program is new, Frare is a nurturing pro and the future is bright…. Read More →
Jack Titcomb is just a sophomore, but what the 16-year-old says goes backstage at Sleepy Hollow High School’s production of “The Wiz” this weekend. Like all good stage managers, during the performances this weekend, Titcomb will be multitasking: sometimes on the headset with the crew in the lighting and sound… Read More →
Afua Yeboah, 16, a junior at Peekskill High School, has stage presence to burn. As TiMoune, the island girl who finds favor with the gods in “Once on this Island” this weekend, she skips and dances across the stage, defying you to look elsewhere. It’s a role that suits her…. Read More →
If you know “9 to 5,” it’s likely the 1980 movie starring Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda as secretaries who teach their chauvinist boss a lesson or two. It came to Broadway as a musical in 2009 — with 17 songs by Parton, whose character was played by… Read More →
A look at rehearsal for Lakeland High School’s production of “9 to 5,” through the lens of Journal News photographer Ricky Flores.
A rehearsal for ‘The Wiz” at Sleepy Hollow High School, through the lens of Journal News photographer Joe Larese.
A look at rehearsals for Peekskill High School’s production of “Once on This Island,” through the lens of Journal News photographer Seth Harrison.
Here’s a look at rehearsal for Hastings High School’s production of “Footloose,” seen through the lens of Journal News photographer Melissa Elian.
We dropped by a rehearsal for “Once on This Island” at Peekskill High School and were, frankly, blown away by the voices and the movement of the opening number. Director Scarlett Antonia, who breathed life back into Peekskill’s theater program years ago before moving on to create a youth theater… Read More →
Happily made the trek to Shrub Oak to catch up with director Darrin Grimm and choreographer Linda Duci and the kids as they worked on “9 to 5,” the Dolly Parton musical that starred Megan Hilty in the Parton role before she went on to NBC’s “Smash.” When I got… Read More →
The day I arrived at Hastings to talk to the kids about “Footloose” was the day after their beloved music teacher Dan Kerness passed away. A few of the kids were too upset to rehearse and those who were there certainly weren’t feeling footloose. It was a rough day, but… Read More →
Nice to stop by Sleepy Hollow High School’s state-of-the-art theater yesterday and catch part of a rehearsal for “The Wiz.” Julie Colangelo brings her directing talents to the school on the hill, having led productions at the Port Chester Council for the Arts and her own Pennywise Productions. The kids… Read More →
Carina Allen knows “Legally Blonde.” In January, the Mamaroneck senior appeared in the Play Group Theater production of the musical based on the Reese Witherspoon film. She was in the hard-working ensemble then, under the direction of Mamaroneck alumna Rachel Berger. VIDEO: Watch members of the cast recite their favorite… Read More →
Jessica Lynch thought she had been in her last high-school musical when “The Music Man” closed at Briarcliff High on March 10. She played Zaneeta Shinn, the mayor’s daughter, who was fond of blurting out “Ye, Gods!” whenever the least bit frustrated. But on April 26, Lynch steps into a… Read More →
Thanks to director Scott Zimmerman and musical director David Jutt and the cast and crew of ‘Zombie Prom’ for having us at rehearsal the other day. Here’s a look at rehearsal, through the lens of Journal News photographer Mark Vergari.
Here’s a look at a recent rehearsal for “Evita” at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, through the lens of Journal News photographer Peter Carr. Thanks to director Frank Portanova, Keith Sunderland and the cast and crew for their hospitality.
Hastings High School senior Emily Romano signed one of the paper-shrouded columns in the school’s lobby to honor music teacher Dan Kerness, who died on Wednesday. She and a friend wrote: “You weren’t just a teacher, you were a mentor, a friend, and an inspiration to us both.” Photo by… Read More →
Mamaroneck has a tradition of presenting one big musical per year, for graduating seniors only. Last year, it was “Xanadu,” a show that had students on rollerskates in a funny spin on the Olivia Newton-John movie. This year, it’s “Legally Blonde,” the stage adaptation of the Reese Witherspoon movie. Director… Read More →
Kids at New Rochelle High School get a theatrical workout every year. Some kids arrive for school early and enroll in the PAVE curriculum, earning a special designation on their diplomas. It means more work, but they’re used to that. New Rochelle routinely stages more than its share of shows,... Read More →
Dropped by the beehive of activity known as the Major Bowes Auditorium at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains yesterday and chatted with members of the cast of “Evita,” the second consecutive Andrew Lloyd Webber musical to grace this stage. Last year it was the Metro Award best overall… Read More →