Our Drama Club performs twice during the school year.
In the fall, our thespians present a drama and in the spring, they perform a musical. The middle school presents a drama workshop in the spring.
"One last kiss!" Our marvelously talented singers and actors presented an outstanding production of "Bye Bye Birdie" in March 2017. The audience was immediately captivated by the story. The solos were exceptional – in particular "How Lovely to Be a Woman" by Emma Harvey '17 (Kim MacAfee), "An English Teacher" by Ciara McAloon '17 (Rose), and "A Mother Doesn't Matter Anymore" by Meghan Hartson '18 (Mae Peterson).
The strong vocal performances by the ensemble were not surprising, as a number of our thespians are also members of our choirs and experienced, talented singers. The whole cast brought energy and showed that they were having fun! We thank the cast as well as the stage and tech crew for their hard work and dedication.
Our Drama Club presented "12 Angry Jurors" in November 2016. The play is an adaptation of Reginald Rose's 1954 hit "12 Angry Men." The whole play is set in a jury room on a hot summer day. The jurors are asked to decide whether a 19-year-old man is guilty of murdering his father. Initially, the jurors vote 11-1 for guilty but, since they are required to reach a unanimous verdict, animated conversation ensues as evidence is re-examined. At certain intervals, the action was suspended as the judge and two lawyers addressed the audience and asked audience members for their opinions on the issues raised.
The actors delivered the difficult, elaborate dialogue with poise. Violet Lee Cadet gave a wonderfully nuanced performance as the initial dissenting juror and Amanda Moss, the last juror to agree to the final verdict, was compelling as she displayed restrained anger.
Middle School Drama Workshop
Hats off to the performers in the Middle School Musical Collage, "Camp Koala." This workshop in May 2017 featured selections from Disney films ("Mary Poppins"), contemporary songs ("Fight Song") and classics ("Singin in the Rain"). The musical pieces were selected by the girls and certain of the scenes were written by the girls. Leigh Brown also performed on the piano and showed us her soft-shoe skills. The joy and pride were evident as the girls presented their musical collage.
In April 2016, our cast and crew put on the musical, "Little Women." The girls interpreted Louisa May Alcott's masterpiece with sensitivity and grace. Marianna Ceccatti '17, Elizabeth Vuksanaj '16, Diana Moss'16, Sarah Cosmedy'16, and Sandile Mhlaba'16 vocally dazzled us in their leading roles. Emma Harvey '17 was a delightful narrator as the author. Particularly poignant was Betsy Vuksanaj's stunning death scene as Beth March. The ensemble delighted and the period costumes reminded us of a young America struggling during the Civil War.
In November 2015, we were delighted by the comedy "All the Great Books, Abridged." Our actors enjoyed performing parodies of 88 books, in short scenes or one-sentence summaries. From "Animal Farm" to "Harry Potter," the range of books presented was amazing. Ensembles of actors moved smoothly from one "book" to another. Multiple references to modern-day TV shows and songs caused the enthusiastic audience to laugh heartily.