Nyack senior Michel Ntiri appreciates the chance to play the title role in “Aida” this weekend and next. The Elton John-Tim Rice musical tells the story of a Nubian princess who is enslaved. Soon, she becomes part of a love triangle between an Egyptian captain and his betrothed. She makes… Read More →
Things are about to get all rhymey at White Plains High School, as “Seussical the Musical” comes to the stage. The story—set to music and lyrics by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens—unites The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant and all those Who’s down in Whoville. Performances are at… Read More →
Byram Hills has a theatrical tradition, so it seems fitting that the Armonk school should be staging “Fiddler on the Roof” this year. Director John Lopez is a known commodity to theater audiences across the Lower Hudson Valley, having recently played King Arthur in Yorktown Stage’s “Spamalot” and Jean Valjean… Read More →
Irvington High School’s Jake Glantz says he’s honored to be playing Russian dairyman Tevye, a role played by Topol and Zero Mostel. “To follow in their footsteps is a bit humbling,” says the 17-year-old senior who wraps up a high-school career that has included playing Roger in “Grease,” the Lion… Read More →
The kids in Sweet Apple, Ohio, are burning up the phone lines with the news that Hugo Peabody pinned Kim MacAfee. In Kennedy Catholic High School’s production of “Bye Bye Birdie,” Hugo, played by Jon Pasquarella, has his choice of Kims. At some performances, Kim Alecia plays her. At others,... Read More →
The calendar says that spring is not too far off, but with snow still on the ground, it’ll be a white Christmas for the Smiths in Yorktown High School’s production of “Meet Me in St. Louis,” the charming chestnut of a musical that tells the story of a lawyer, his… Read More →
Thirty years ago — when British composer Howard Goodall’s “The Hired Man” first reached London’s West End — Margaret Thatcher was prime minister, “Les Miserables” was still three years away from Broadway and the current students at Briarcliff High School weren’t yet twinkles in their father’s eyes. Ian Driver, who… Read More →
Last year, Ben DeMarco played the lovably joyful Snoopy in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” a character who could be found in his Sopwith Camel, looking down on the fields below. This year, the 16-year-old Rye High School junior is playing an animal of an entirely different stripe: The… Read More →
A couple of ogres, a donkey, a dragon and a forest full of fairy-tale creatures will take to the stage at Rye Neck High School in “Shrek the Musical” (7 p.m., Feb. 27 and 28; 1 p.m., March 1). Mikael Bucknavage plays the green title character, an ogre who’d just… Read More →
Theatrical traditions leave big shoes. For more than a generation, Cary Fuller was the gentle hand at the tiller at Rye Country Day School, creating a theatrical community where, each winter, teachers and administrators would let down their guards and take part in the upper school musical. Working alongside their… Read More →
Stopped by a rehearsal of “Working” at School of the Holy Child in Rye. Here’s the Running Lines video I shot there. Enjoy!
Musical will be last before theater’s 18-month, $8-million renovation The Gaiety Theater in Deadrock, Nev., is on its last legs. A foreclosing banker is on his way from New York. If only there were a song-and-dance white knight with a big idea, who had access to cash. Enter Bobby Child,... 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 →
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 →
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 →
Members of the cast of “Into the Woods” at Rockland Country Day School share their favorite lines from Stephen Sondheim’s fractured fairy tale.
Sometimes, once isn’t enough. I went to North Salem Middle School/High School twice to capture this Running Lines video because the wicked stepsisters and their equally wicked mother were not called for rehearsal the first go-around. On my second visit, I caught Natalie Tiffany, as Cinderella, singing “In My Own… Read More →
Nice of director Gerry Micera, production manager Susi Cummings and the cast and crew of ‘Phantom’ to have us at rehearsal last night. Here’s my Running Lines video.
Here’s a look at student actors reciting their favorite lines from Pearl River High School’s production of “The Pajama Game.” Enjoy.
Here’s the Running Lines video I shot at John Jay High School’s production of “Working,” the musical based on interviews by Chicago newsman Studs Terkel. The show looks at the world of work through the eyes of all stripes of workers, from truckers and teachers to textile workers and hedge-fund… Read More →
Thanks to director Brian Lynch and musical director Peter Ballantoni and the kids in cast, crew and pit for having us at rehearsal for ‘The Music Man’ at George Fischer Middle School. I love it when I get to a rehearsal a couple of weeks before a show and the… Read More →
Stopped by Woodlands High School’s “Little Shop of Horrors” rehearsal last week. Strange not to see John MacLean’s smiling face there, but he is retired and Nicole Masi is the new poobah at Woodlands. She and the kids were having some fun, just a few days before the plant arrives… Read More →
Director Joshua Tenzer and the kids at Port Chester are always so welcoming it’s a pleasure to stop by their state-of-the-art auditorium. This year is the last time I’ll be able to chat with seniors Kyle Thomas, Kim Maguire and Sally Condori—and Rosie Veltri, who won PMT’s “Westchester Teen Idol”... Read More →